iPhones become more expensive after customs duty hike

Feb 5, 2018

In bad news for anyone looking to buy an iPhone in India, Apple has chosen to once again hike prices. It’s the second time in 2 months that this has happened.

Last time, there was an increase in import tax. This time, there’s been a rise in customs duty from 15% to 20%. The change was announced in the Union Budget last week in a bid to force companies to Make in India. Apple is already doing that, but only for the iPhone SE.

As a result, the iPhone SE is the only model which remains untouched, starting at the same Rs 26000. The same can’t be said for the iPhone X. Apple’s most expensive handset is now selling at Rs 95390 for its 64GB version and Rs 108930 for its 256GB one. That’s a Rs 2960 and Rs 3210 difference, respectively.

iPhone 7 Back

The 64GB iPhone 8 wasn’t spared either, shifting from Rs 66120 to Rs 67940. A similar pattern follows for the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus which has changed from Rs 75450 to Rs 77560. Going back to 2016’s flagship series, the 32GB iPhone 7 is being vended at Rs 52370 and the 32GB iPhone 7 Plus at Rs 62840. The 32GB iPhone 6S can be bought at Rs 42900 and 32GB iPhone 6 at Rs 31900.

Also Read: Apple to stop online discounts on iPhones in India

Interestingly enough, sites like Amazon India and Flipkart are still selling iPhones at its original pre-tax hike rates from before December. This might change at any time, but it’s hard to say for sure. It might be a good idea to buy it now rather than later since Apple is said to be looking at curbing online discounts on iPhones.