iPhone Are Now More Expensive Because of Increased Import Tax

Barely a couple of days after government’s decision of increasing import taxes on imported mobile phones, Apple has increased the prices of its mobile phones in the country. All phones except for iPhone SE, which is assembled now in the country, are affected by the changes.

On Friday, the government announced that mobile imports will be taxed at 15 percents incest of 10 as a decision to help curb supplies from other countries and to build up interest about developing phone inside. Because of this decision, iPhone has, on average, 3.5% increased pricing.

Surprisingly, the most affected variant of the phone is iPhone 6 which will cost 30,780 INR instead of 29,000 INR.

iPhone X, which previously cost Rs. 1,02,000 now costs 1,05,720 INR in India with 3.9% increase for the 256 GB variant. The 64 GB iPhone X will now cost Rs 92,430 instead of Rs 89,000.

Now that Apple has made the price change, other companies including Samsung and Xiaomi will be following the suit soon. One thing to keep in mind is that prices of these phone on many online retailers are typically less because of cashback offers and discounts.

Also, buyers spending top dollar on a flagship phone will probably be fine with the slight increase and this is why Apple is sure that sales of the iPhone’s won’t have a major impact.

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GST Effect: Apple Just Cut The Prices of iPhones And MacBooks in Country

As soon as GST is taken into the application, Apple iPhone’s MRPs have fallen, along with iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBooks throughout the market, though with few exceptions. The price drop varied from 1200 Rs. to 6,600 Rs. respectively for 32GB iPhone SE and 256GB iPhone 7 Plus.

For iPad models drop is from Rs. 900 to Rs. 3,900, as newly announced iPad Pro models have gone cheaper too. That too is before anyone could buy them.

MacBook Air prices have not differed, but MacBook and MacBook Pro models have new fallen prices benefitting Rs. 5,100 and Rs. 11,800. Mac Pro too has got quite a reduction after the last big revamp. And the newly refreshed Mac models also have price cuts even before market availability, while top-end 27-inch iMac models and Mac Mini are at the receiving end of a slight price bump.

All of this had a sudden and customer benefitting changes brought by GST. Arguably the same had been opening as many markets such as private transport and goods retail. It is deemed very near that not just Apple, but the whole smartphone market is going to react to GST as soon as it graduates on its path.

Here is the new pricing for iPhones in India:

iPhone SE

Before GST

After GST

32GB

₹ 27,200

₹ 26,000

128GB

₹ 37,200

₹ 35,000

iPhone 6S
32GB

₹ 50,000

₹ 46,900

128GB

₹ 60,000

₹ 55,900

iPhone 6S Plus
32GB

₹ 60,000

₹ 56,100

128GB

₹ 70,000

₹ 65,000

iPhone 7
32GB

₹ 60,000

₹ 56,200

128GB

₹ 70,000

₹ 65,200

256GB

₹ 80,000

₹ 74,400

iPhone 7 Plus
32GB

₹ 72,000

₹ 67,300

128GB

₹ 82,000

₹ 76,200

256GB

₹ 92,000

₹ 85,400

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(Source: NDTV Gadgets 360)

Live in India? The iPhone 7 is Going To Cost You a Lot More

As you may already know, Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus yesterday, the new phones have upgraded specs, better camera, improved battery life and a couple of more features. Considering the new features and a better design that the previous versions of Apple’s flagship smartphone, you may be tempted to buy one for yourself.

Well, if you are living in India, you will have to pay up to 40% more if you want to buy the new iPhone.

The base iPhone which comes with 32 GB storage (finally!) costs $649 in the USA, in India, you will have to shell out as much as 60,000 Rupees (almost $900)  for the same version. The additional cost is due to local sales taxes that are added when the phone is imported in the country. Additionally, instead of selling its products directly to customers in India,  Apple sells stuff via third-party retailers who will also add some additional bucks for you to pay before you get your hands on your own shiny new iPhone 7.

It is worth noting that India will not be the only country where iPhone will cost more than the US version, In UK, the iPhone will cost almost $80 more for the basic variant and similar charges will be added to some other countries.

It isn’t the first time, but it may be the last one

Apple’s product have always cost more in India than the original price in the US, however, we can expect it to end by next year. With the recent ruling about FDI, Apple will soon be allowed to open stores in Indian cities and if when that happens, you can expect charges to be a bit more reasonable.

Source: The Next Web