Apple quietly raises prices of iPad Pro

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The 256GB Wi-Fi model of the iPad Pro was launched in Britain and Australia at £709 and AU$1,129, respectively.

With the pricing increase, the 256GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro now costs $799, while the 512GB model costs $999. NAND has been in short supply since the beginning of the year, due in part to increased consumer demand for SSDs, and the transition from 2D NAND to 3D NAND. A price hike has been made to both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch varieties of iPad Pro with little acknowledgement from Apple.

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The shortages have been cited as one of the reasons for Apple's role in financially backing all of the bidding groups battling to take over Toshiba Memory Corporation, the NAND flash semiconductor company owned by the Japanese engineering giant.

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Previous reports say Apple's orders to produce the new iPhones caused other manufacturers to place orders for chips well before they needed them, to ensure they would have supplies on hand.

"Both the 10.5" and 12.9" iPad Pro models received big updates this past June, with faster processors, a better screen, and sharper cameras chief among them.

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