(plural Apple taxes)
- (slang) the price premium paid by Macintosh users over that of a Wintel PC of comparable power and features
- (slang) by extension, the price premium paid by consumers of Apple consumer products over comparable devices from competitors
- (slang) the large cut of the gross paid to iTunes from every sale on iTunes by content providers, over how much a cut is given at other online retailers
apple tax - Computer Definition
The premium users pay for a Mac versus a comparable Windows PC. Because there are more vendors creating Windows PCs and software, there is more competition, and Windows products tend to be less expensive than Mac equivalents. Mac proponents say the Apple Tax is well worth it, while Windows proponents disagree, especially in companies that use hundreds or thousands of computers.