iPhone 6S and 6S Plus cost more in India than abroad

The authorized distributors of Apple devices in India have finally made the price list of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus official. To no one’s surprise, both cost higher here than they do abroad. The 16GB version of iPhone 6S can be bought for $649 in the US, while its bigger cousin is pegged at $749. That’s a little above Rs 42000 and almost Rs 49000 respectively, a lot lower than what Indian fans will be paying for them.

In early 2015, Apple had hiked the rates of its iPhone variants when the government announced an increased in excise duty on imported mobile phones from 6 percent to 12.5 percent. The amounts demanded by the new 6S and 6S Plus smartphones clearly make up for the revised charges outlined in the Union Budget. Some feel the weak rupee has also played a part in determining the rather high MRP of these products.

Apple iPhone 6S

Accordingly, the iPhone 6S in its 16GB, 64GB and 128GB memory capacities can be grabbed for Rs 62000, Rs 72000 and Rs 82000, in that order. The 6S Plus will be made available for Rs 72000, Rs 82000 and Rs 92000 for its 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions, correspondingly. In spite of the rates, Apple seems confident that the two handsets will be snapped up quickly owing to the upcoming festival season. It has reportedly set itself a sales target of 12 lakhs for the October to December quarter.

Common specifications of the new iPhone series:

– Apple iOS 9 platform
– 2GHz dual-core Apple A9 processor
– 2GB RAM, 16GB/64GB/128GB memory
– 12MP iSight camera, 5MP FaceTime lens

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The Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be made available for purchase from 12.01am on October 16. Customers will be able to pick up a unit offline from any of 3500 retail outlets across India. Some vendors are also accepting pre-registrations for it.