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USA shopper got stung too, with both the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro receiving a $50 price increase.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro features 256GB of storage has watched its price jump from $879 to $929, and the 512GB version now costs $1,129, up from $1,079.

Apple launched the 10.5 inch Wi-Fi models of these tablets for $749 and $949 respectively earlier this year in June.

The price change was first spotted by the blog MacRumors.

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. "Thus, the price increase of MLC-based SSDs is outpacing that of TLC-based SSDs".

"The impact on NAND and DRAM will continue to be there and we expect it to be there".

Meanwhile, in an unprecedented and likely unrelated move, Apple has just jacked up the prices of 256 and 512GB iPad Pro configurations.

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.

Apple has kept the pricing of the entry-level 64GB iPad Pro the same, with the 10.5-inch starting at $649 and the 12.9-inch at $799.