After months of frenzied speculation, Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 6s alongside a raft of other products in San Francisco. This event attended by a 7,000-strong audience was unquestionably one of the technology highlights of the year, and Apple is already anticipating an extremely successful smartphone release.
Apple is indeed producing 90 million iPhone 6s units by the end of the year, with the intention of smashing all previous iPhone sales records. This will definitely be an extremely important device for the corporation, as Apple stock has suffered at the hands of city investors recently. Of course, it is important to put this into perspective, as Apple still remains the most valuable company on the planet in terms of market capitalization.
So what many Apple fans are wondering is when they can finally get their hands on the next generation iPhone 6s, along with the other products that were announced at the San Francisco event, and what they will cost. So here is a breakdown of everything we know about Apple product pricing at the time of writing.
iPhone 6s without contract
The iPhone 6s was one of two smartphones announced by Apple at the California event, with the consumer electronics giant deciding against producing a 4-inch smartphone as had been widely predicted. The iPhone 6s is the smaller of the two iPhone devices, and consequently is slightly more affordable than its iPhone 6s Plus cousin.
The iPhone 6s will cost $649 in the United States for the most affordable 16 GB version. Apple has also released prices for other destinations considering that the iPhone 6s will see a massive worldwide launch on September 25, so other consumers have not been entirely left in the dark. Thus, the iPhone 6s will cost £539 in the UK, and AU$1,079 in Australia.
If this sounds like an affordable option, it is obviously necessary to emphasize that larger storage versions of the iPhone 6s will cost significantly more. The 64 GB version of the iPhone 6S will cost $749, £619 and AU$1,229, and the iPhone 6S 128 GB retails at $849, £699 and AU$1,379, according to Apple’s official announcement.
iPhone 6s on-contract
In the United States, Apple has announced that it will freeze the price of the iPhone 6s at the level that consumers pay for the iPhone 6. This is excellent news for iPhone 6s customers, but the picture is a little more complex than that once one takes into account various carriers.
The most important thing for iPhone 6s consumers to note is that the major players in the mobile marketplace, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, have all eliminated two-year contracts for mobile devices, and it is anticipated in some quarters that AT&T will follow suit in due course.
With this in mind, Apple has introduced a new deal with additional perks for consumers. Apple has named this the “iPhone Upgrade Program”, and US consumers will benefit from this exclusively. This particular deal will enable you to acquire a new 4.7-inch iPhone every year for $0 down, at $32.41 a month. Under the same conditions, the iPhone 6s Plus is $36.58 per month.
This already seems to be an excellent offer, but Apple has even sweetened the deal for iPhone 6s consumers. The offer comes complete with unlocked AppleCare+ protection, and the consumer electronics giant has naturally emphasized that it is essential to return the iPhone 6s in full working conditions at the end of the contractual period.
It must be said that this new contractual deal makes the iPhone 6s an even more attractive proposition.
iPhone 6s Plus
The iPhone 6s Plus has followed the overall ethos from Apple, with the consumer electrons giant ensuring that there was no price increased from when the iPhone 6 was released in 2014. The iPhone 6s Plus is the larger of the two devices produced by Apple, and therefore it does come at something of a premium compared to the smartphone-sized iPhone 6s.
The 5.5-inch phablet-sized handset also goes up in price incrementally depending on the storage option that consumers opt for. The cost of the 16 GB version is $749 in the US, £619 in the UK and AU$1,229, which does represent a small increase for Australia.
If consumers wish to increase the internal storage to 64GB, then the cost jumps to $849, £699 $AU$1,379. And the 128GB version is the premium version of the iPhone 6s, and costs $949, £789 and AU$1,529 in the three respective countries.
In common with the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus may be subsidized with a two-year contract depending on your particular carrier. The upfront price for a 16 GB model is $299, but Apple offers the aforementioned monthly payment plan which begins at $36.58 for an unlocked iPhone 6s Plus.
Pricing is far simpler for the Apple TV set-top box, with no contractual terms required for this hardware. Apple has simply set the price of the Apple TV at $149 for the 32 GB model of the Apple TV, with the premium and 64 GB version costing $199. This is a significant price hike over the $99 that one must currently shell out for the last generation Apple TV, but it must be said in mitigation that the spec list of the set-top box has been increased significantly by Apple.
Finally, the iPad Pro was a welcome inclusion in the September 9 event, as Apple fans have been anticipating this professional-standard tablet for at least 18 months. The Apple iPad Pro will be available in silver, gold, and space grey colors in November, and pricing is certainly above what Apple consumers have paid for tablets previously.
The cheapest version of the iPad Pro is the 32 GB model, and this will go on sale for $799 in the United States. The larger 128 GB model will cost $949, and the premium 128 GB LTE model Will retail for $1,079. It is also worth noting that major new accessories are sold separately, with the Apple Pencil retailing at $99, while the Smart Keyboard will sell at a price point of $169.
Apple has declined to release prices in other regions for some products as of yet.