A couple of days back, the Indian government announced a hike in import tax for mobile phones, video cameras, and televisions. As expected, this hike has resulted in Apple updating the prices of its entire iPhone range, except the iPhone SE.
Import duties were raised to 15 percent (up from 10 percent), which is seen as a move to curb supplies from overseas and boost the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Apple has said that the revision sees an average hike of 3.5 percent across its iPhone range. The iPhone SE doesn’t see a price tweak though as the device is being assembled in India by Wistron since June.
On one end of the spectrum, the iPhone 6 is now officially priced at Rs 30,780 (up from Rs 29,500). At the other end of the spectrum, the iPhone X 256GB variant is now priced at Rs 105,720 (up from Rs 102,000). The prices of all the iPhone models can be seen in the table below.
|Model||New Price (Rs)||Old Price (Rs)||Price Difference|
|iPhone X 256GB||105,720||102,000||3,720|
|iPhone X 64GB||92,430||89,000||3,430|
|iPhone 8 Plus 256GB||88,750||86,000||2,750|
|iPhone 8 Plus 64GB||75,450||73,000||2,450|
|iPhone 8 256GB||79420||77,000||2,420|
|iPhone 8 64GB||66,120||64,000||2,120|
|iPhone 7 Plus 128GB||70,180||68,000||2,180|
|iPhone 7 Plus 32GB||61,060||59,000||2,060|
|iPhone 7 128GB||59,910||58,000||1,910|
|iPhone 7 32GB||50,810||49,000||1,810|
|iPhone 6s Plus 128GB||59,860||58,000||1,860|
|iPhone 6s Plus 32GB||50,740||49,000||1,740|
|iPhone 6s 128GB||50,660||49,000||1,660|
|iPhone 6s 32GB||41,550||40,000||1,550|
|iPhone 6 32GB||30,780||29,500||1,280|
|iPhone SE 128GB||35,000||35,000||0|
|iPhone SE 32GB||26,000||26,000||0|
It is worth noting that these are the official Apple India prices. These iPhones invariably are available at lower prices on e-commerce sites courtesy of various offers. While the hike in import duty affects all brands importing phones, Apple is the one most affected. As per analysts, Apple imports nearly 88 percent of its devices to India.
That said, in the premium segment a mere 3.5 percent hike is unlikely to deter iPhone buyers anyway. What are your thoughts about this price hike? Would it affect your buying decisions? Let us know in our comments section below.