Apple hikes iPhone prices in India

This increase comes after the Union Budget 2018-19, in which the import duty on mobile phones increased to 15 per cent from 20 per cent.
If you haven’t bought an iPhone already this is bad news, as Apple iPhone prices are going to hiked in India. This comes after the Union Budget for 2018-2019 increased the import duty on mobile phones from 15 per cent to 20 per cent. All Apple products’ prices including Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone and Apple Watch are going to be escalated.

Since all the Apple products are manufactured outside India (excluding iPhone SE), the customs duty in December had already hiked from 10 to 15 per cent which led to a price increase in iPhones. And, now that per cent rose from 15 to 20 due to the new Budget 2018, which is going to cost a load on the consumers.

​By this time, we already know that Apple iPhone X is the costliest phone, which was priced at Rs 89,000 at the launch. The iPhone X was hiked to Rs 92,430 for the 64GB variant in December and now has been bumped up to Rs 95,390. The larger 256GB variant costs a hefty Rs 1,08,930 in India, which is an increase from the Rs 1,05,720 pricing, which is almost a 3.2 per cent hike from the original price.

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New prices declared by Apple, with effective from February 5th.

Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus, which were launched in September, last year at Rs 66,120 and Rs 75,450 for 64GB variant are now been hiked up to Rs 67,940 and Rs 77,560 respectively. The 256GB variants of 8/8 Plus will now cost Rs 81,500 and Rs 91,110, which were priced at Rs 79,420 and Rs 88,750 during the launch.

Apple iPhone 7 hiked to Rs 52,370 from Rs 50,810 for the 32GB variant, which is a 3.1 per cent hike in price. The bigger 128GB variant will cost Rs 61,560 compared to the earlier official price of Rs 59,910. The bigger iPhone 7 Plus will now start at Rs 62,840, which is an increase from Rs 61,060.

Apple iPhone 6s will now start at Rs 42,900 in India for the 32GB variant, while the 128GB version will cost Rs 52,100. Apple iPhone 6s Plus will start at Rs 52,240 for the 32GB version. The three-year-old Apple iPhone 6 is now Rs 31,900 which is also an increase from Rs 30,780.

Apple Watch Series 3 price has also been to Rs 32,380 in India from the original price of Rs 29,900. Apple Watch Series 3 GPS 42 mm will cost Rs 34,410 compared to the earlier pricing of Rs 31,900.

As iPhone SE is being manufactured in India, the price remains same for all its variants. The 32GB variant starts at Rs 26,000 and 128GB version remains at Rs 35,000. However, the e-commerce sites offer huge discounts on this iPhone, which leads to a starting price of Rs 20,499.

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