It’s no news that the widely awaited iPhone 13 series has entered the consumer market after months of speculations and anticipation.
Apple had in a virtual event announced that the iPhone 13 will herald in four exciting new models:the iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, sending frenzied imaginations to the audience.
What are the features of the new iPhone 13 series?
From an outward configuration view, it is very much similar to the iPhone 12 but there are clear distinctions. Two major updates were added to the phone’s display and camera, the iPhone 13 will run on iOS 15, larger batteries, more storage facilities (I Terabyte storage maxim), new A15 Bionic processor, tinier notch, together with new camera features.
But the essence of this article is to state the estimated costs of the product rather than the specification.
Shall we begin?
The average price of an iPhone 13 in the U.S.
The iPhone 13 comes at $829 for 128GB, $929 for 256 GB of storage and $1,129 for 512 GB of storage. The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $729 for 128GB of storage, $829 for 256GB of storage, $1,029 for 512GB of storage. The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max start at $999 and $1,099 respectively, for 128GB storage, and $1,099 and $1,199 for 256GB storage respectively while it is priced at $1,299 and $1,399 for 512GB storage. Only the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max has the ITB storage function and it is priced at $1,499 and $1,599 respectively.
IPHONE 13 SERIES US PRICES AND STORAGE
iPhone 13 Mini
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13 Pro Max
The iPhone 13 series appears to be costlier in African countries
It has been a known fact that the prices of Apple products had over the years been costlier in African countries than the U.S. and other Western countries. Renowned Tech news medium, TechCabal sought to find out from iPhone retailers in some African countries know when the iPhone 13 will be readilyavailable in the market and the cost of purchase.
Mr. Emmanuel Osho, the Chief Executive Officer of Bodds IT and Apple certified technician told TechCabal.
“Of course, you can expect that since the iPhone will be available on September 24, we’ll have it in Nigeria on or before October 1. The price will be about 30% higher because it’s new and there’s a lot of hype around it.”
Going by Mr. Osho’s forecast of 30% price increase, with an exchange rate of $1/₦550, the iPhone 13 of the 128GB ROM storage sold at $829 in the U.S. Market will be sold at ₦592,735 in Nigeria.
According to iStoreZA , an Apple products reseller, the iPhone 13 will likely be available in South Africa by October 8. Although the store did not reveal the prices, the iPhone 13 Pro 128GB is expected to sell for around R23,499 ($1,640), while the iPhone 13 Pro Max 128GB could retail for around R25,999 ($1,815). The high price margin of over 50%, can be said to be likely premeditated on the 7% duties and 15% VAT in South Africa on Apple products, according to Business Insider.
Majority of Apple products sold in South Africa came from the Core Computer Group, the sole distributor of Apple products in the country and it is expected that the iPhone 13 will have the same range throughout the country.
TechCabal also spoke to an authorized Apple product retailer at Yaya Center, Nairobi, Salute iWorld, with the representative of the store intimating the news outlet that the new iPhone 13 is being expected in the East African country within the nexttwo weeks.
He could not categorically infer the exact price of the products but he affirmed that a 16% import fee, and another 6% Value Added Tax (VAT) are charged on Apple’s products, this would be added to the transportation cost and the retailer’s profit margin before the final price could be deduced.
In cognizance of this figure, a 30% price increase in Kenya (16% import fee, 6% VAT and a likely 8% profit rate) at an exchange rate of $1/KSh110, an iPhone 13 128GB will likely cost about KSh119,000.
With the minor upgrades to the iPhone 12, will the additional 30% – 50% to get the new iPhone 13 in Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa be worth it?
Time shall tell.