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But more than specs and features, there is one question that is always on people’s minds when a new iPhone series is announced. And that’s about the price, especially for iPhone fans in India. The iPhone remains an aspirational device for many given its market value and high-end price. Last year with the iPhone 13 series, we saw that Apple did not increase its prices for India. But will it be the same this year?

Given the economic conditions, the weakening of the rupee against the US dollar, and general inflationary pressures, the iPhone 14 lineup is unlikely to start at the same price as last time. Let’s take a look at what to expect and how Apple has priced the iPhone series in India over the past couple of years.

Apple iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini price and iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini price in India

When Apple launched the iPhone 13 last year, it was priced at Rs 79,900 for the base 128GB storage variant. The iPhone 13 mini started at Rs 69,900 for the same storage. Pricing was the same as the iPhone 12 series in 2020 which started at the same price.

But the iPhone 12 series came with 64GB of storage as the base option instead of the 128GB we saw in 2021. So technically Apple increased the storage but didn’t increase the prices in India.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro, Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max price in India

The iPhone 13 Pro continued with the same price trend remaining the same. It started at Rs 1,19,900, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max cost Rs 1,29,900. These were the same prices for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max launched in 2020. But Apple kept the same base storage options at 128GB for the Pro series.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 prices: Expect price hikes

With the iPhone 14 Pro series, a price hike is likely given the economic reasons we mentioned above. Noted Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo also mentioned and said that he expects Apple to increase the price of its Pro series. If Apple introduces the more sophisticated camera, the new pill-shaped notch display, and other improvements, it’s likely that the costs will increase.

Kuo tweeted recently, “I estimated that iPhone 14 series ASP will increase about 15% (compared to iPhone 13 series ASP) to $1000-1050 (USD) due to two iPhone 14 Pro price increases and a higher shipment proportion.

Currently, the iPhone 13 mini starts at $699 and the iPhone 13 at $799 in the US. The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max at $1099. iPhone prices in India are much higher even if you convert the prices from dollars to rupees and this is usually the case every year. So, while the iPhone 13 costs Rs 64,000 in the US, in India the starting price is Rs 79,900. With the Pro series, this difference is more glaring. The price of the iPhone 13 Pro translates to Rs 80,000 in India, but it costs more than one lakh.

If the average selling price (ASP) increases by 15%, then the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will clearly cross the $1,000 mark. Meanwhile, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives predicted a $100 price increase for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. So the iPhone 14 Pro could start at $1100 and the iPhone Pro Max at $1199. He expects the price of the base iPhone 14 to remain the same as last year.

There’s also the question of how Apple will price the iPhone 14 Max. This will be a device that many may be hoping to pick up as it is expected to sport a bigger screen and will likely be the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max. But it will come with a different processor and other specs.

At this time, based on analyst ratings and overall economic conditions, consumers hoping to upgrade to the iPhone 14 Pro series should be prepared to pay more.

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