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iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus and others get a marginal price rise due to import duty, iPhone SE spared

Apple India has raised the prices of all its iPhones, except the iPhone SE.

  • Published: December 18, 2017 9:47 AM IST
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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.

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  • Published Date: December 18, 2017 9:47 AM IST