Bargain reports and analytics

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

PicodiSep 20, 2019

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

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

The official price of the iPhone 11 Pro (64GB) in South Africa is going to be R14,999. Assuming that, according to Statistics South Africa, the average gross salary in this country is R20855 (R17910.64 net), a statistical South African would have to work for 17.6 days to afford this year’s iPhone (not counting living expenses). That is 9.3 days less than the previous year.

In the lead of the rank are Switzerland, the USA 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.

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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