Yes, it’s all over the news. The increase in tax rates (from 15% to 20%) for phones being imported from other markets has resulted in Apple increasing the price across the range of its products in the country, making its phones in India totally out of sync with prices in other major markets.
While Apple has released the updated prices on its website and many major news outlets have covered the numbers already, we decided to dig a little deeper and see what is the difference in the actual price these phones sell for on major e-commerce websites such as Flipkart and Amazon. Here’s a model by model breakdown of the actual price increase.
The cheapest model available from Apple in India has seen its price remain unchanged due to the fact that it’s being assembled in Karnataka and thus, doesn’t face the tax wrath. You can get the 32GB model for Rs 19,990-20,990, while the 128GB variant costs around Rs 28,000.
The 32GB variant of the iPhone 6 was available for Rs 24,999-26,999 before the budget and the current price is the same across Amazon and Flipkart. Given it’s an old model, we aren’t surprised to see that since Apple can continue to keep the price low on this one and still enjoy healthy margins.
The cheapest iPhone 6s can be had right now is for Rs 39,000 on Flipkart. That’s a jump of Rs 2,000 from pre-budget price of the phone. However, the price seems to be unchanged on Amazon at the time of writing this article. You can still pick one up for around Rs 37,000 on the website.
iPhone 6s Plus
Again no change in the price of this model. You can continue to have it for Rs 40,000-41,000 on Flipkart and Amazon for the 32GB variant.
The not so old model and probably one of the best sellers for Apple has seen its price go up from Rs 45,000 to around Rs 47,500 for the 32GB variant. But again, that’s only on Flipkart. The 32GB variant can be picked for Rs 43,000 on Amazon.
iPhone 7 Plus
No change in prices and the 32GB variant continues to be available for Rs 57,000 across both websites.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
One of the most recent launches, the iPhone 8 is actually selling for a discount right now and can be picked for as low as Rs 56,000.
You can get the iPhone 8 Plus for as low as Rs 66,000 for the base variant, which doesn’t seem like any kind of hike over the last month pricing.
This is perhaps the most interesting of the lot, given it is already the most expensive phone in the country. The 32GB variant can be had for Rs 84,000 on Amazon, which is a very good discount over the usual asking price of Rs 89,000.
On the other hand, you can pick the 256GB variant for Rs 1,02,000, which again is the same as that before the budget.
All in all, there doesn’t seem to be much of a change in the actual asking prices of the phones. Apple might have increased the MRP on paper, but given the huge discounting that they sell on over the MRP, things haven’t changed much on ground.
That might not always be the case and the prices could rise in the near-term. Perhaps, can we advise you to get one before that happens?