The new iPhone 13 is the most sought-after digital item for millions of people around the world now — but its cost makes it all but prohibitive for many middle class families across the world.
While the brand-new iPhone 13 has created a frenzy among tech enthusiasts, the gadget’s cost is rarely mentioned in their effusive praises, prompting us to wonder exactly how many “Hard Days’ Nights” of work it would it take in 2021 for them to acquire one.
Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the latest models of the iPhone last week, when the company streamed the showcase live on YouTube to over an incredible two million viewers. The iPhone 13 mini costs $699, the iPhone 13 costs $799, and the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will put you out $999 and $1,099, respectively.
The release date is September 24th for all the models using the latest of all the technological marvels Apple has at its disposal.
According to new research by discount online market Picodi, entitled “iPhone Index,” which uses average wage indexes from around the world, a middle class Greek consumer would have to work for almost an entire month in order to secure the funds needed for the cost of the latest Apple iPhone 13 marvel.
This is quite a significant time, particularly given the rising cost of living for working families in Greece.
iPhone cost very steep in Greece
According to the research, which uses wage data from the world’s largest cost of living database, Numbeo, it would take 25.1 days’ worth of wages for a Greek worker to be able to afford the new iPhone. If that sounds like a lot — and it is — one should consider that an average wage earner in Turkey would need to work for 92.5 consecutive days in order to buy one.
Scanning the list of work days needed to buy the new iPhone around the world, one can observe the enormous disparities between the economies of the developed and the developing worlds. While in the Western democracies, as well as China and Taiwan, a middle class worker needs between 4.4 and 25 work days to buy this new gadget, in Russia, India and Turkey he would need between 42 and 92.
In wealthy Switzerland, you would need just 4.4 days worth of wages to get the new iPhone.
Here’s the list of the 10 countries where it’s easiest to buy an iPhone 13, according to the number of days you would have to work to afford one:
Switzerland: 4.4 days
USA: 5.9 days
Australia: 6.4 days
Luxembourg: 6.4 days
Denmark: 6.9 days
Norway: 7.2 days
Singapore: 7.6 days
Canada: 8 days
New Zealand: 8.4 days
United Arab Emirates: 8.8 days
Here’s the list of the 10 countries where it’s most difficult to buy an iPhone 13 according to work days:
Turkey: 92.5 days
The Philippines: 90.2 days
Brazil: 79.2 days
India: 75.7 days
Mexico: 49.3 days
Montenegro: 46.7 days
Thailand: 43 days
Russia: 42.1 days
Hungary: 31.3 days
Malaysia: 30.3 days