[Update: It looks like on top of revising the price of older iPhones, Apple also removed the gold colour option for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s]
As with every release of the new iPhone, Apple has just revised the prices of current-gen iPhones sold in Malaysia, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s. Unfortunately, while the prices of older devices would usually be reduced following the announcement of new devices, it looks like Apple has decided to increase the price of some iPhone models sold here.
The iPhone 6 now starts from RM2,699, down just RM3 from before. However, the 64GB variant has been increased from RM3,129 to RM3,199 now – up RM73. The price of the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 Plus have both been increased to RM3,199 and RM3,699 respectively. The older iPhone 5s models, which are now the entry-level iPhones, are priced at RM2,278 and RM2,490 for the 16GB and 32GB variant.
Of course, the reason for the increase of price is mostly because of the poor exchange rate of USD to Ringgit Malaysia. The exchange rate is now US$1 to RM4.32 according to Google, which explains the crazy prices – Apple has not revised its retail prices since revising the retail prices to include GST five months ago. Our economy was in much better shape back then.
It’ll take several months before Apple launches the newly announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in Malaysia, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that our currency strengthens before that because I definitely do not want to imagine the prices of these new devices if our Ringgit keeps depreciating at the rate it is right now.
[Update] On top of price revision, the Cupertino company also stopped offering the gold coloured iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s. All these three devices are now available in silver or space grey only. Gold and Rose Gold are now only available on the newly announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Check out the Apple online store to see the new prices.