AirPods hike: How much do Apple AirPods, AirPods Max cost now?

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Apple has raised the prices of all of its audio products in India following the tariff hike. Prices for AirPods Gen 2 and Gen 3, as well as AirPods Max and AirPods Pro have now increased by up to 10%. The AirPods Gen 3 are available now for Rs 20,500. The new prices can be found on Apple’s online store. Depending on the audio product you are trying to purchase, you may see a bump of up to Rs 6,200.

What are the new prices for Apple AirPods?

Here’s a quick comparison of old and new prices for every Apple product you can get your hands on right now. The AirPods Gen 2, which were previously available at Rs 12,900, are now selling for Rs 14,100, with an effective price hike of Rs 1,200. The AirPods Gen 3 which were initially available for Rs 18,500 are now available for Rs 20,500 , with an increase of Rs 2,000.

The Apple AirPods Pro, which were initially priced at Rs 24,900, are now priced at Rs 26,300 with a hike of Rs 1,400. massive increase of Rs 6,200 from Rs 59,900 to Rs 66,100.

You can still grab AirPods at the old prices, for now

Although the new prices are already in effect on Apple’s website, users can still get the audio products at discounted prices from retailers like Amazon, Flipkart, Croma, and Reliance Digital, among others.

The hike comes shortly after tariff rates were “calibrated to provide a graduated rate structure to facilitate the local manufacture of wearables, hearing aids and smart electronic meters”. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the same during her budget speech in February 2022.

Apple hasn’t disclosed whether the new rules will push the company to manufacture AirPods locally. The company currently only manufactures certain iPhone models in India. These include the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12, as well as the iPhone SE and the newer iPhone 13, which is expected to begin local manufacturing this month.

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