In India, the first iPhone cost Rs 31,000, while the current iPhone 14 Pro Max costs Rs 139,900.

 

Apple is now optimistic on India and is doubling down on its attempts to bring more consumers into its ecosystem, with the iPhone serving as the focal point. Despite the Cupertino company’s global fall in iPhone sales this year, India has been an exception, with demand for the iPhone continuing to climb.

Apple’s first iPhone never made it to India; in fact, it was only available in a few countries, including the United States. The environment quickly shifted, and Apple debuted its second iPhone 3G, a 3G network capable smartphone in cooperation with Airtel in the nation, in 2008, with the base model with 8 GB of storage priced at Rs 31,000.

Similarly, the iPhone 3GS was introduced in India, with double the storage and a price tag of Rs 35,000. This was also introduced in collaboration with Bharti Airtel throughout the country.

 

Model name and storage Launch date
Price in India (in Rupees)
iPhone 3G (8 GB) Aug-08 31,000
iPhone 3GS (16 GB) Mar-10 35,000
iPhone 4 (16 GB) May-11 34,500
iPhone 4s (16 GB) Nov-11 44,500
iPhone 5 (16 GB) Oct-12 45,500
iPhone 5c (16 GB) Nov-13 41,900
iPhone 5s (16 GB) Nov-13 53,500
iPhone 6 (16 GB) Oct-14 53,500
iPhone 6 Plus (16 GB) Oct-14 62,500
iPhone 6s (16 GB) Oct-15 62,000
iPhone 6s Plus (16 GB) Oct-15 72,000
iPhone SE 1st Gen (16 GB) Apr-16 39,000
iPhone 7 (32 GB) Oct-16 60,000
iPhone 7 Plus (32 GB) Oct-16 72,000
iPhone 8 (64 GB) Sep-17 64,000
iPhone 8 Plus (64 GB) Sep-17 73,000
iPhone X (64 GB) Nov-17 89,000
iPhone Xs (64 GB) Sep-18 99,900
iPhone Xs Max (64 GB) Sep-18 1,09,900
iPhone Xr (64 GB) Oct-18 76,900
iPhone SE 2nd Gen (64 GB) Apr-19 42,500
iPhone 11 (64 GB) Sep-19 64,900
iPhone 11 Pro (64 GB) Sep-19 99,900
iPhone 11 Pro Max (64 GB) Sep-19 1,09,900
iPhone 12 mini (64 GB) Oct-20 69,900
iPhone 12 (64 GB) Oct-20 79,900
iPhone 12 Pro (64 GB) Oct-20 1,19,900
iPhone 12 Pro Max (64 GB) Oct-20 1,29,000
iPhone 13 mini (128 GB) Sep-21 69,900
iPhone 13 (128 GB) Sep-21 79,900
iPhone 13 Pro (128 GB) Sep-21 1,19,900
iPhone 13 Pro Max (128 GB) Sep-21 1,29,000
iPhone SE 3rd Gen (64 GB) Mar-22 43,900
iPhone 14 (128 GB) Sep-22 79,900
iPhone 14 Plus (128 GB) Oct-22 89,900
iPhone 14 Pro (128 GB) Sep-22 1,29,900
iPhone 14 Pro Max (128 GB) Sep-22 1,39,900

 

 

While there was no significant price increase between the iPhone 3Gs and the iPhone 4, which was released in early 2011 for Rs 34,500, the iPhone 4s, which was released in November 2011, cost Rs 44,500, representing a 30% price increase over its predecessor.

The iPhone 5 series was priced similarly to the iPhone 4s (review), with the base edition of the iPhone 5 released in October 2012 costing Rs 45,500. In October 2013, Apple released two models: the iPhone 5c (Rs 41,900) and the iPhone 5s (Rs 53,900).

Apple released two iPhones in October 2014: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, which cost Rs 53,500 and Rs 62,500, respectively. This is the first time Apple has released the same iPhone in two different sizes in order to attract younger audiences looking for a larger iPhone, whereas the iPhone 6 Plus was the largest iPhone manufactured by the business until 2017.

The iPhone 6s (review) and iPhone 6s Plus, which were released in 2015, also saw a price increase, with beginning prices of Rs 62,000 and Rs 72,000, respectively. In April 2016, Apple released the first-generation iPhone SE, based on the iPhone 5s, at Rs 39,000 to appeal to customers looking for smaller and more cheap iPhones.

Beginning with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which were released in 2016, Apple upped the base variant storage from 16 GB to 32 GB while maintaining the same price as their predecessor. In 2017, Apple released three iPhones, with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus with 64 GB of storage costing Rs 64,000 and Rs 73,000, respectively.

Along with these two versions, Apple unveiled the really next-generation iPhone X, which features a 5.8-inch (the largest on an iPhone at the time of debut) edge-to-edge bezel-less screen and a Face ID system that replaces Touch ID for a hefty Rs 89,900.

As the company continues to transition to the new design language, Apple introduced three models in 2018, including the iPhone Xr, an affordable modern iPhone priced at Rs 76,900, and the two flagship models — iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, priced at Rs 99,000 and Rs 109,000, respectively, making the iPhone Xs Max the first base variant iPhone to cost more than a lakh in India.

The iPhone 11 series was released the next year, with the iPhone 11 being the most cheap of the bunch, priced at Rs 64,900. Similarly, Apple revealed two “Pro” iPhones for the first time – the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, priced at Rs 99,900 and Rs 109,900, respectively. In the same year, Apple announced the 2nd Generation iPhone SE with enhanced specs for Rs 42,500.

In 2020, Apple released its first 5G enabled iPhone 12 series, which featured a new design with the release of the compact “iPhone 12 mini,” priced at Rs 69,900, as well as the regular-sized iPhone 12 for Rs 79,900. The iPhone 12 Pro (review) and iPhone 12 Pro Max cost Rs 119,900 and Rs 129,900, respectively.

In 2021, Apple announced the iPhone 13 series, which was priced identically to the iPhone 12 series. However, Apple increased the base model capacity from 64 GB to 128 GB on all four models this time around. In early 2022, Apple released the iPhone SE 3rd Gen for Rs 43,900, making it the most affordable 5G iPhone at the time.

Apple released four iPhones last year, although the lineup was slightly different. While the normal iPhone 14 was priced at Rs 79,900, the small was replaced by the iPhone 14 Plus, which had a big 6.7-inch display and cost Rs 89,900.

Similarly, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max (review) ditched the notch in favor of a Dynamic Island and cost Rs 129,900 and Rs 139,900, respectively.

By Deesha

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