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Apple iPhone prices increased in India after hike in customs duty

Apple iPhone prices increased in India after hike in customs duty

The import duty increase is expected to urge companies such as Apple to accelerate local manufacturing programmes, which would support the government's "Make in India" programme.

The government has recently increased the custom duty on phones brought from outside India to 15% from its previous 10%.

"After the customs duty increase, we could also see a rise in prices of feature phones in the market as their imports had gone up considerably recently", an industry executive said on condition of anonymity.

You can choose to purchase the SIM or SIM-free version of the iPhone X and here's the good news; whether it is the 64 or 256GB model, or a different color model, Apple is not going to be changing its next-day delivery policy. The iPhone 8 Plus will cost Rs 75,450 for 64GB variant and Rs 88,750 for the 256GB variant.

Talking about iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, prices of both the devices will now start at Rs 50,810 and Rs 61,060 respectively, while the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus starting price will now be Rs 41,550 and Rs 50,740 respectively.

However, some analysts believe that the small increase in iPhone price would not likely to have any major impact on its sales. The iPhone X, on the other hand, is totally unique. The iPhone 6s Plus meanwhile will come for Rs 50,740 (32GB) and Rs 59,860 (128GB) respectively. The update was in response to reports of older iPhones shutting down randomly with 30% battery life left, and reducing the iPhone's processor speed could have helped address the issue. The company has changed the price of the iPhones on its official website page as well. Third-party carriers and resellers also have ample stock of the iPhone X available. Amazon is giving an exchange offer of up to Rs 15,000 while Flipkart is providing up to Rs 18,000 off on exchange.

Many people might remember that iPhone 6S battery fiasco, which for many, was fixed with iOS 10.2.1, and that seemed to be the end of it. Whereas the 256GB model has increased to Rs 1,05,720 from Rs 1,02,000. Just like the regular models, this SIM-free version of the iPhone X is available in silver and space gray.

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