Unveiling the iPhone Price Evolution in India: You Won’t Believe How It All Started!

“Apple currently holds a positive outlook on India and is intensifying its efforts to expand its user base within the country, with the iPhone as the central piece of its strategy. Despite facing a global decline in iPhone sales this year, India stands out as an exception, with a continuous rise in demand for iPhones.

It’s worth noting that Apple’s initial iPhone release never reached India; it was initially available only in select countries like the USA. However, the situation changed when Apple introduced its second-generation iPhone, the iPhone 3G, in 2008. This 3G-capable smartphone was introduced in partnership with Airtel in India, and the base model with 8 GB of storage was priced at Rs 31,000.

Subsequently, Apple brought the iPhone 3GS to India, offering double the storage compared to its predecessor, with a price tag of Rs 35,000. This model was also launched in collaboration with Bharti Airtel in the country.

Here’s a summary of key iPhone models and their launch prices in India:

  • iPhone 3G (8 GB) – August 2008 – Rs 31,000
  • iPhone 3GS (16 GB) – March 2010 – Rs 35,000
  • iPhone 4 (16 GB) – May 2011 – Rs 34,500
  • iPhone 4s (16 GB) – November 2011 – Rs 44,500
  • iPhone 5 (16 GB) – October 2012 – Rs 45,500
  • iPhone 5c (16 GB) – November 2013 – Rs 41,900
  • iPhone 5s (16 GB) – November 2013 – Rs 53,500
  • iPhone 6 (16 GB) – October 2014 – Rs 53,500
  • iPhone 6 Plus (16 GB) – October 2014 – Rs 62,500
  • iPhone 6s (16 GB) – October 2015 – Rs 62,000
  • iPhone 6s Plus (16 GB) – October 2015 – Rs 72,000
  • iPhone SE 1st Gen (16 GB) – April 2016 – Rs 39,000
  • iPhone 7 (32 GB) – October 2016 – Rs 60,000
  • iPhone 7 Plus (32 GB) – October 2016 – Rs 72,000
  • iPhone 8 (64 GB) – September 2017 – Rs 64,000
  • iPhone 8 Plus (64 GB) – September 2017 – Rs 73,000
  • iPhone X (64 GB) – November 2017 – Rs 89,000
  • iPhone Xs (64 GB) – September 2018 – Rs 99,900
  • iPhone Xs Max (64 GB) – September 2018 – Rs 1,09,900
  • iPhone Xr (64 GB) – October 2018 – Rs 76,900
  • iPhone SE 2nd Gen (64 GB) – April 2019 – Rs 42,500
  • iPhone 11 (64 GB) – September 2019 – Rs 64,900
  • iPhone 11 Pro (64 GB) – September 2019 – Rs 99,900
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max (64 GB) – September 2019 – Rs 1,09,900
  • iPhone 12 mini (64 GB) – October 2020 – Rs 69,900
  • iPhone 12 (64 GB) – October 2020 – Rs 79,900
  • iPhone 12 Pro (64 GB) – October 2020 – Rs 119,900
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max (64 GB) – October 2020 – Rs 129,000
  • iPhone 13 mini (128 GB) – September 2021 – Rs 69,900
  • iPhone 13 (128 GB) – September 2021 – Rs 79,900
  • iPhone 13 Pro (128 GB) – September 2021 – Rs 119,900
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max (128 GB) – September 2021 – Rs 129,000
  • iPhone SE 3rd Gen (64 GB) – March 2022 – Rs 43,900
  • iPhone 14 (128 GB) – September 2022 – Rs 79,900
  • iPhone 14 Plus (128 GB) – October 2022 – Rs 89,900
  • iPhone 14 Pro (128 GB) – September 2022 – Rs 129,900
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max (128 GB) – September 2022 – Rs 139,900

Notably, there was no significant price increase between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4, which was introduced in early 2011 for Rs 34,500. However, the iPhone 4s, launched in November 2011, saw a price hike of over 30 percent compared to its predecessor.

The iPhone 5 series maintained a similar pricing structure to the iPhone 4s. The base variant of the iPhone 5, launched in October 2012, was priced at Rs 45,500. In October 2013, Apple introduced two models: the iPhone 5c, priced at Rs 41,900, and the iPhone 5s, priced at Rs 53,900.

In October 2014, Apple took a significant step by introducing two iPhone models: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, priced at Rs 53,500 and Rs 62,500, respectively. This marked the first time Apple offered the same iPhone in two different sizes, catering to a broader audience. The iPhone 6 Plus was also the largest iPhone produced by the company until 2017.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, launched in 2015, saw a price increase, starting at Rs 62,000 and Rs 72,000, respectively. In April 2016, Apple introduced the 1st Gen iPhone SE, based on the iPhone 5s, offering a more compact and affordable option at just Rs 39,000.”

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