Apple launched the new iPhone 14 series earlier this week and like most iPhones launched before, the price of the iPhone 14 series variants is also much higher in India compared to the US price. This year, the Indian price of iPhone 14 series is also higher than the price in many other regions such as UK, China and UAE.
According to a report by CNBCApple has increased the price of the iPhone 14 series compared to the iPhone 13 series in multiple key markets including the UK, Japan, Germany and even India where the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max price starts at Rs. 10,000 more than the price of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max respectively. Keep in mind that in the US the final sale price will be higher as it also includes sales tax, which varies by state.
Here is a table comparing the price of the entire iPhone 14 series in key markets.
As you can see from the table above, buying iPhone 14 series phones is much more expensive in India compared to other popular markets.
Why buying an iPhone from the US might not be the best idea?
As in previous years, this time it will be a bit tricky to import iPhone 14 in India from US or other regions. This is because despite the price being lower, when converted using the latest exchange rates, the iPhone 14’s feature set will change depending on the region you buy it from.
For example, if you buy an iPhone 14 series model from the US, you will not find a SIM card tray in the phone as Apple has completely switched to eSIM in the US market. On the other hand, if you buy an iPhone from mainland China, Macao or Hong Kong, you’re missing out on the emergency satellite connection feature of the iPhone 14 series (which is initially only expected to be supported in the US and Canada).
Major Indian telecom operators Jio, Vodafone Idea and Airtel offer eSIM support in India, so you could use a US bought iPhone 14 in the country, but with eSIMs not so popular in the market, some users may forego the decision .
However, you can still import an iPhone from regions such as Dubai (UAE) where the iPhone 14 series price is Rs 5,000-Rs 35,000 lower than in India depending on which model you buy.
Indians have to work 64.9 days to buy an iPhone 14 Pro: report
According to ‘s ‘iPhone Index’ report Picodi.com which calculates the number of days that the average citizen of a country has to work to buy the new iPhone, Indians have to work 64.9 days to get their hands on the new iPhone 14 Pro. India is only behind three countries, including Turkey, the Philippines and Brazil.
Meanwhile, Switzerland, the US and Australia are the lowest-ranked countries in the list, with an average citizen working 4.6 days, 5.7 days and 6.1 days respectively to get their hands on the new iPhone 14 Pro Max.