Apple Lowering iPhone Prices in Some International Markets to Boost Sales

Apple CEO Tim Cook today told Reuters that the company is "rethinking" iPhone prices outside of the United States. Setting prices in U.S. dollars has made phones more expensive in local currencies, so Apple is planning to lower prices.

Cook says that in some international markets, after assessing macroeconomic conditions, Apple will go back to pricing that's "more commensurate" with what local prices were last year to boost sales.

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"When you look at foreign currencies and then particularly those markets that weakened over the last year those (‌iPhone‌ price) increases were obviously more," Cook told Reuters. "And so as we've gotten into January and assessed the macroeconomic condition in some of those markets we've decided to go back to more commensurate with what our local prices were a year ago in hopes of helping the sales in those areas."

Apple has already started lowering the price of the ‌iPhone‌ for third-party distributors in China, and price cuts could also be introduced in other areas like India and Brazil, where the ‌iPhone‌ is prohibitively expensive and has seen stalled growth due to high pricing.

Cook may provide details on specific areas where price cuts will be implemented during the earnings call.

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Top Rated Comments

Elijahg Avatar
31 months ago
If this isn't an admission iPhones are too expensive I don't know what is.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
555gallardo Avatar
31 months ago
And they should start with Europe, where the iPhone XS starts at 1149€ ($1299) as opposed to US' $999.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mcbumbersnazzle Avatar
31 months ago
Desperate apple is desperate
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
grantanyan Avatar
31 months ago
Way too expensive in the UK. I'm still clinging onto my 6S, as I can't get anything worth upgrading to for under £50/month on contract.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gilligan's last elephant Avatar
31 months ago
Apple is basically adjusting for currency fluctuations...
You mean now using the real exchange rates for countries rather than their own inflated rates.
Edit: or rather, deflated rates :-)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
31 months ago
So everyone is getting a price cut except the United States? Thanks a lot Tim! Way to screw over your home country.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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