Bargain reports and analytics

The 2019 iPhone Index. Who Can Afford the New Apple Gadget?

PicodiSeptember 23, 2019

This is an archived report. The latest ranking is available here.

The latest analysis by juxtaposes the price of iPhone 11 Pro and average salaries in several dozen countries around the world.

Apple’s pricing policy is causing more and more astonishment every year and is a beloved inspiration for internet memes. This is proof that sense of humour is not dependent on location: American jokes are also relevant in Saudi Arabia.

After the September presentation of Apple’s new devices, the analytical team of decided to compare an average salary in selected countries with the price of an iPhone 11 Pro (the 64GB model) in order to count the number of workdays required to buy it.

How many workdays do people around the world need to save up for the latest iPhone?

The official price of iPhone 11 Pro (64GB) in Saudi Arabia is going to be 4449 SAR. Assuming that, according to General Authority for Statistics, the average salary in this country is 10299 SAR, a statistical Saudi would have to work for 9.1 days to afford this year’s iPhone (not counting living expenses). That is the same as in the previous year.

In the lead of the rank are Switzerland, the United States and Luxembourg, where the ratio of the iPhone’s price to the average salary is the most attractive. A statistical Swiss should be able to save up for iPhone 11 Pro in 4.8 days, an American – in 5.8 days, and a Luxembourger – in 6.7 days.

The reverse record belongs to Colombia: a statistical resident of this country would have to lay aside 89.7 days worth of wages to buy the iPhone. In countries like Thailand or India, the new gadget has got the value of 67.8 and 66.7 workdays, respectively.

Although the new iPhone can be a rather expensive gadget, it is possible to buy it, as well as other electronics, cheaper through official resellers. All you have to do is sign up to and activate cashback while shopping in stores such as DHGate, Banggood, Xcite, Newegg and Microless.

Methodology and Data Source

The iPhone Index 2019 has been calculated on the basis of iPhone 11 Pro prices announced publicly on local Apple or authorised seller websites. The average salaries come from the countries’ official ministry or statistical office pages. We divided the monthly wages by 21 – the average number of workdays in a month.

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