Apple has increased the price of its iPhone and iPad lineups in Germany due to new private copying levies introduced on January 1. Customers can now expect to pay around €5 (approx. $5.45) more for an iPhone, and €8 (approx. $8.69) more for an iPad.
This is approximately the fee Apple must now pay on devices it imports into Germany. The Cupertino company pays a reduced rate because it is a member of the Bitkom trade association, with non-members having to cough up €6.25 for mobile phones and €8.75 for tablets.
“Private copying levies exist to provide royalties to songwriters, composers, music publishers, recording artists, musicians and record companies for those private copies of music,” explains MacRumors.
“Many other European countries charge similar private copying levies on recordable media devices.”
The reason why these fees are charged on smartphones, tablets, and other electronics is because they can be used to store songs and other recordable media. Germany allows its residents to make private copies of these things for their own personal use.
Apple has been paying a private copy levy of €10.55 on Macs since 2011.