The prices of the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been leaked on PTT and Mobile01, two of Taiwan's most popular forums. Apple's new phones will be officially launched in Taiwan on October 9th 2015, almost two weeks later than last year. Prices in NTD (New Taiwan Dollars) have however significantly increased year over year, the top of the line model, the iPhone 6s Plus 128 GB will cost 36,500 NTD. That's hefty. Let's have a look how much these phones will cost without contract, and compare them to last year's launch prices of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:
As you can see, the price of iPhone 6s increased 2000 to 3000 NTD, while the price of iPhone 6s Plus increased 2600 to 3600 NTD. What is the reason for this spike? We can mainly blame the depreciation of the New Taiwan Dollar, it lost almost 9% of its value towards the US Dollar in the past one year (source: XE.com). I made a comparison of the last year's USD value of the iPhone 6/6 Plus, and this year's USD value of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus, and you can see that the difference is minor (only the top of the line models seemed to have received a small artificial price spike, probably due to rounding up prices favorably to the local Apple reseller).
In Taiwan the iPhone can cost more than an iMac
I think this is the first time that an iPhone can cost more than Apple's all-in-one desktop computer, the iMac. Not only that, you can get a MacBook Air cheaper as well. These are current Macs sold in Taiwan, that could cost you less than the latest top of the line iPhone. That's probably due to older inventory, that wasn't bought at such a depreciated NTD value, but I wonder how long it will take, before these prices will be adjusted up as well.
As an Apple user I can only hope that the NTD will gain back its strength towards the US Dollar, but I'm currently not too optimistic about that. I think I'm most likely not be upgrading this year, unless the carriers offer some tempting packages. I'll look into that in my upcoming post.