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Why iPhone is Such an Expensive Mobile Phone?

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Samyak Lalit | September 13, 2017 (Last update: September 24, 2017)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Sometime ago we published an article which compared iPhone with Android-based mobile phone. Since then, we have been asked many times as to why iPhone is such an expensive device? Yesterday, Apple announced that iPhone X will be available for US $999. Why iPhone costs over a thousand dollar whereas Android mobile phones are available for a few hundred dollars? If you have read our mentioned article, you would probably guess why Apple devices cost so much. But if you haven’t, let us explain it in details for you.

In short, iPhone is an expensive phone because of the quality of its hardware, proprietary of iOS and ability to integrate with other Apple devices. However, if we do a comparison in price, top-notch Android phones would be almost as expensive as iPhone. So, the iPhone appears to be very expensive to those people who buy cheaper Android phones.

There is another factor that must be considered. Any product is only as expensive as the public wants to buy it for. If a product would be priced unreasonably high, people will not buy it. As simple as that! So, if iPhone is selling at a high price, it’s because people are buying it. And why people are buying iPhone even if it is a high priced device? It’s because people believe in this product. Now let us look at a few reasons why people trust iPhone. These are the reasons that make iPhone as expensive as it is.

Top Quality Hardware

Apple uses high performance hardware pieces to assemble iPhones. These pieces are expensive but they ensure quality, performance and longevity. Apple Inc. cuts no corners to provide iPhone customers with the best of a machine.

Longevity of iPhone

You might have noticed that your Android phone does not provide good performance beyond two or three years. In contrast, iPhone works as good for five years. Android phone manufacturers often fail to provide hardware that would support successive versions of Android. Your phone may be compatible for the next version of Android but it might not be compatible with the next-to-next version.

Free iOS Upgrades

You can easily upgrade the iOS on your iPhone but Android may not always get upgraded on all the phones. Easy and free upgrade of iOS keeps the iPhone up-to-date.

More Security

As iPhone gets easily upgraded to the latest iOS, these devices are relatively more secure. Apple Inc. keeps on removing security loopholes as they are found. Also, iOS allows only those apps to be installed that are available in the App Store. Thus the risk posed by low quality third-party apps gets eliminated.

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Propriety of iOS

Although Android is developed by Google, this operating system can be customized by the handset manufacturers. Almost all the phone manufacturers make changes to Android to suit their devices. These changes may sometimes leave Android vulnerable. iOS, on the other hand, is fully written and tested in one place — i.e. at the Apple Inc. Apple develops iOS only for the use in iPhones / iPads.

Integration with Other Apple Devices

A lot of people already own and love Mac computers, Macbooks, iPads and Apple Watches. For them iPhone comes as a natural choice because all the devices from Apple can be easily integrated with each other. These devices can communicate with each other and share data among themselves. This makes life easier and also it enhances productivity.

Resale Value of iPhone

When you want to sell your iPhone, you get a good resale price. That’s simply because of the consistent performance and longevity of the device. People do buy second hand iPhones because they believe that even the old iPhones will work as expected. This is why the resale price of iPhone is higher than Android based phone. As a result, the overall cost to customer is not as high as one pays while buying a brand new iPhone.

Brand Value of Apple

You can also say that iPhone is expensive simply because it is from Apple Inc. This company is one of the most recognized and trusted brands in the world. So, naturally brand value also contributes to the high price tag on an iPhone.

We hope that now you have an fair idea about why iPhone is such an expensive phone. If you have used an iPhone, please share your experience with us. Tell us if you think it was worth it to buy an iPhone.

Should you have any question on this topic, please feel free to ask in the comments section. We, at TechWelkin and our reader community will try to assist you. Thank you for using TechWelkin!


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