Brazil was known for years for the most expensive iPhone in the world. This happened with iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and even the third generation iPhone SE. This time, however, another country has taken the top spot in the rankings. According to an Nukenic research shared with 9to5MacTurkey now has the world’s most expensive iPhone 14.
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Every year Nukenic updates the ranking based on iPhone prices obtained from each country’s Apple website. Prices vary depending on the local currency and also the local taxes in each country. While some people are used to seeing Brazil at the top of the list, iPhone 14 is here to change that.
It’s worth noting that the study takes into account two different prices for the US and Canada, as the local taxes in these countries vary by state (while some states don’t even have local taxes). With all that in mind, Turkey is now the place with the most expensive iPhone 14 in the world, at least officially.
Taking iPhone 14 Pro as an example, the 128 GB version costs $2,193.15 there. Brazil comes in second with the same device at S$1,823.19. The cheapest places to buy an iPhone 14 Pro are the US and Japan, where the device costs $999 (excluding local taxes) and $1,039.46, respectively. Other countries where buying an iPhone 14 is super expensive are India, Hungary and Poland.
The situation isn’t much different for the base iPhone 14 model, which starts at $829 in the US (given the SIM-less pricing). After the US, the 128GB iPhone 14 costs $831.29 in Japan. Then Turkey tops the list again with the same device that costs S$1,699.68 – more than double the price in the US.
What prompted Turkey to have the world’s most expensive iPhone 14?
As we explained before, there are multiple factors that affect the prices of Apple devices around the world. As for Turkey, the country has faced a severe economic crisis with inflation exceeding 80% for the first time in more than 20 years.
In 2021, Apple suspended sales of products in Turkey as the local currency lost 15% of its value against the dollar within hours. When sales in Turkey picked up again, Apple increased the price of its products by 25%. Also, App Store prices and subscriptions in the country have increased due to the collapse of the local currency.
Other countries are also experiencing price increases
Of course, Turkey is not the only country in the world suffering from inflation. Following yesterday’s announcements, Apple has quietly increased the price of its products in other European countries. For example, the third-generation iPhone SE went from £419 to £449 in the UK.
Both the euro and the pound have lost value due to internal and external problems, such as the war in Ukraine, which caused companies like Apple to adjust their prices to compensate for the weaker currency. Did Apple increase the price of its products in your country after yesterday’s event? Let us know in the comments below.
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