Apple smartphones have become expensive after the government's hike of 5 percent in import taxes via customs duty from 10 percent to 15 percent last week.
Here is some not very good news for lovers of Apple iPhones! Now, users will have to pay more to buy their favourite iPhones. Apple smartphones have become expensive after the government’s hike of 5 percent in import taxes via customs duty from 10 percent to 15 percent last week. Apple became the first manufacturer to raise prices across iPhone models, except iPhone SE that the company assembles in the country. Apple is currently assembling iPhone SE model at its Bengaluru facility with Wistron Corporation, its Taiwanese manufacturing partner. “As expected, Apple has increased the iPhone prices. The interesting thing now is to see how the Indian Apple community reacts to this,” said Tarun Pathak, associate director, mobile devices and ecosystems, Counterpoint Research. Domestic and some China-based manufacturers will not be affected as much as most of them are assembling a lot in the country and just need to rev up their assembly lines, Pathak added. The government had announced the hike in taxes on Friday for smartphones which are imported from abroad with the aim of boosting sales of smartphones manufactured under the Make in India initiative.
With effect from today, the iPhone X will now retail at a new price of Rs 92,430 for the 64GB variant and Rs 1,05,720 for the 256GB variant. Apple iPhone SE is the only one in the list which will not be bearing any price hike. Apple has now announced the new prices for iPhones in the country. After the customs hike, iPhone 6s gets a new price of Rs 41,550 for the 32 GB variant which was earlier Rs 30,780. As per The Indian Express report, iPhone 6s gets a new price of Rs 41,550 for the 32 GB variant, while the 128 GB variant will be available for Rs 50,660. The 32 GB and 128 GB variants of iPhone 6s Plus will now be priced at Rs 50,740 and Rs 59, 860, respectively.
The iPhone 7 is now starting at Rs 50,810 for the 32GB variant, while the 128GB variant is now priced at Rs 59,910. The iPhone 7 Plus will be now be priced at Rs 61,060 for the 32 GB variant and Rs 70,180 for the 128GB variant. The iPhone 8 will be available for Rs 66,120 for the 64GB variant and Rs 79,420 for the 256GB variant. The iPhone 8 Plus is priced at Rs 75, 450 for the 64GB variant and the 256GB will be available for Rs 88,750. The iPhone X 64 GB variant is now priced at Rs 92,430 while the 256GB variant is priced at Rs 1,05,720.