updated 10:10 am EST, Mon January 17, 2005
iMac G5s not made the same
Apple is one of many companies who are in different parts of the world to counter the effects of globalization or simply counter changes in currency valuation. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple's iMac G5, which is less costly in the US than in other countries, "Indeed, Apple shopper Mr. Caine says he felt ripped off. The iMac G5s Apple sells everywhere except the U.S. and Japan are dual voltage, meaning they can cope with the electrical systems in Fiji, Europe and most of Asia, as well as those in Japan and the U.S. Other Apple products including iPods, the new Mac Mini and its laptops are dual-voltage. Ironically, tweaking products for different regions can increase a manufacturer's costs."