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Report Shows How Many Hours You Have to Work to Afford An iPhone 14

Working Hours Needed to Afford a 128GB iPhone 14 Pro Max Around the World

The iPhone 14 Series: What’s New?

Here’s a peek at what makes the iPhone 14 models a must-have: 

Naysayers quickly say that the iPhone 14 is just a glorified version of the previous year’s iPhone 13 and is not worth upgrading to. While there is a grain of truth in that statement, the iPhone 14 does offer a little extra, such as a 5-core GPU, 6GB memory, camera sensors, video stabilization, emergency SOS via satellite, and car crash detection. The iPhone 14 Plus, however, is merely a more significant iteration of the iPhone 14 with longer battery life, perfect for gaming, watching, and shooting photos and videos. 

On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have a more pronounced improvement over the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models. The new ones come with the A16 Bionic CPU, a 48MP wide camera, the Dynamic Island feature to replace the notch, and new always-on displays.

The latest iPhone 14 handsets

A Hole Through Your Pocket

Like clockwork, kidney for iPhone memes poking fun at the newest iPhone models have resurfaced around the time of Apple’s Far Out event. During this event, Apple launched the iPhone 14 Series alongside the unveiling of other products such as the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Ultra, and the AirPods Pro 2.

Besides being funny, the memes, some of which are recycled versions from previous years, are just plain relatable — making them even more amusing. Just imagine: having a 1TB iPhone 14 Pro Max can set you back by $1599, and that’s before AppleCare+ and accessories. 

Here’s how much the iPhone 14 Series models sell for:

128GB

256GB

512GB

1TB

iPhone 14

From $799

From $899

From $1099

-

iPhone 14 Plus

From $899

From $999

From $1199

-

iPhone 14 Pro

From $999

From $1099

From $1299

From $1499

iPhone 14 Pro Max

From $1099

From $1199

From $1399

From $1599

How much do people from different countries need to work to get the iPhone 14 Pro Max?

We got curious about how many hours the average Joe — and people from other countries — need to work to afford an iPhone 14 Pro Max, so we shined our glasses, put on our thinking hats, and scoured the internet for answers. 

Here are some of our findings:

(Based on the iPhone 14 Pro Max 128GB retail price of $1,099)

Citizens of Switzerland — land of chocolates, world-class watches, cheese, the Matterhorn, the Alps, and what-have-you — have an hourly salary of $31.81. Blessed with luck and fat pockets, the Swiss need to work only 35 hours or 4.5 days to afford the 128GB iPhone 14 Pro Max. Imagine getting the latest iPhone in less than a week. Sweet!

Who has to work the least number of hours

Following Switzerland’s lead are Singapore, Australia, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. Small wonder, though, as these countries are among the top ten wealthiest countries. 

  • Americans get the most bang for their buck since the iPhone is from the United States. To buy a 128GB iPhone 14 Pro Max, the average American needs to work only 52 hours or 6.5 days.

  • The Turkish, however, need to spend at least 167.5 days (1,340 hours) at work to afford the 14 Pro Max. It makes you wonder why people in Turkey, whose local currency has collapsed, would even consider getting an iPhone.

Who has to work the most number of hours

Winning the Popularity Game

Trumping Android

For the first time in the history of mobile devices, there are more iPhone users in the US than any other smartphone type. This phenomenon is a milestone for Apple, as the iPhone had always trailed after early mobile phone brands such as Nokia, Blackberry, and Motorola. Android took the lead soon after it entered the smartphone scene, leaving the iPhone behind. 

The Big Why

Why the iPhone remains a fast-selling product every year even if the new versions don’t seem to deviate much from the previous models remains a mystery to non-iPhone users. Even if aficionados were to explain what makes the iPhone their smartphone of choice, stalwart Android supporters still wouldn’t get it. 

While many people are quick to point out that the expensive iPhone is merely a mark of status or something to brag about, the device can hold its own against Android and other brands regarding functionality, design, and longevity. Many love the iPhone for its sleek and clean interface that’s easy to learn and get used to, not to mention the various apps and features that come with it. If you’re the kind to hold on to things until their last ounce of life, then you’ll find that the iPhone — provided you take proper care of it — can serve you for many years.

Country

Avg. income per hour

iPhone 14

iPhone 14 Plus

iPhone 14 Pro

iPhone 14 Pro Max

Switzerland

$31.8

25

28

31

35

Singapore

$24.50

33

37

41

45

Australia

$22.38

36

40

45

49

United States

$20.99

38

43

48

52

United Arab Emirates

$20.83

38

43

48

53

Norway

$18.31

44

49

55

60

Qatar

$18.31

44

49

55

60

Canada

$18.19

44

49

55

60

Denmark 

$18.12

44

50

55

61

Netherlands

$18.00

44

50

56

61

Iceland

$17.68

45

51

56

62

Hong Kong

$16.95

47

53

59

65

Germany

$15.55

51

58

64

71

New Zealand

$15.20

53

59

66

72

Israel

$14.88

54

60

67

74

Ireland

$14.87

54

60

67

74

United Kingdom

$14.49

55

62

69

76

Sweden

$14.22

56

63

70

77

Finland

$14.07

57

64

71

78

Belgium

$13.08

61

69

76

84

Japan

$13.07

61

69

76

84

France

$12.88

62

70

78

85

Kuwait

$12.84

62

70

78

86

Austria

$11.96

67

75

84

92

Saudi Arabia

$11.89

67

76

84

92

South Korea

$11.77

68

76

85

93

Bahrain

$10.20

78

88

98

108

Puerto Rico

$10.01

80

90

100

110

Oman

$9.52

84

94

105

115

Spain

$9.48

84

95

105

116

Italy

$8.26

97

109

121

133

Taiwan

$7.92

101

113

126

139

Czech Republic

$7.85

102

115

127

140

South Africa

$7.16

112

126

139

153

Cyprus

$7.13

112

126

140

154

Estonia

$7.06

113

127

142

156

Malta

$6.69

119

134

149

164

Slovenia

$6.63

121

136

151

166

China

$6.18

129

146

162

178

Lithuania

$5.96

134

151

168

184

Portugal

$5.59

143

161

179

196

Poland

$5.38

149

167

186

204

Slovakia

$5.34

150

168

187

206

Croatia

$5.23

153

172

191

210

Latvia

$5.21

153

173

192

211

Malaysia

$4.90

163

183

204

224

Russia

$4.85

165

185

206

227

Trinidad And Tobago

$4.58

174

196

218

240

Lebanon

$4.53

176

198

220

243

Greece

$4.42

181

203

226

249

Costa Rica

$4.32

185

208

231

255

Hungary

$4.31

185

208

232

255

Uruguay

$4.27

187

210

234

257

Palestine

$4.19

191

214

238

262

Panama

$4.04

198

222

247

272

Romania

$4.01

199

224

249

274

Bulgaria

$3.97

201

227

252

277

Mexico

$3.63

220

248

275

303

Jordan

$3.43

233

262

291

320

Iraq

$3.30

242

273

303

333

Chile

$3.28

244

274

305

335

Montenegro

$3.27

244

275

305

336

Bosnia And Herzegovina

$3.20

249

281

312

343

Jamaica

$3.16

253

284

316

348

Serbia

$3.07

260

293

325

358

India

$3.01

266

299

332

365

Honduras

$2.90

276

310

345

379

Mauritius

$2.88

277

312

347

381

Ecuador

$2.80

286

321

357

393

Guatemala

$2.80

286

321

357

393

Thailand

$2.76

290

326

362

399

Belarus

$2.73

293

330

366

403

Armenia

$2.62

305

343

381

419

Bolivia

$2.61

306

345

383

422

Vietnam

$2.52

317

357

397

436

Argentina

$2.41

331

373

414

456

Kazakhstan

$2.34

342

385

427

470

Kenya

$2.32

345

388

431

475

Moldova

$2.29

349

393

437

480

El Salvador

$2.26

353

397

441

486

Brazil

$2.25

355

399

444

488

Kosovo (Disputed Territory)

$2.25

355

400

444

488

Ukraine

$2.22

360

405

450

495

Peru

$2.22

361

406

451

496

Albania

$2.18

366

412

458

503

North Macedonia

$2.17

369

415

461

508

Dominican Republic

$2.14

373

420

466

513

Morocco

$2.13

375

421

468

515

Iran

$2.13

375

422

469

516

Azerbaijan

$2.04

391

440

489

538

Indonesia

$1.94

413

464

516

568

Turkey

$1.79

446

502

558

614

Colombia

$1.71

466

524

583

641

Philippines

$1.60

498

560

622

685

Uzbekistan

$1.59

502

565

627

690

Tunisia

$1.57

510

574

638

702

Bangladesh

$1.54

518

583

648

713

Libya

$1.49

537

604

671

738

Algeria

$1.45

552

621

690

759

Ghana

$1.25

640

720

800

880

Egypt

$1.23

652

734

815

897

Nepal

$1.11

722

812

902

993

Venezuela

$1.09

732

823

915

1006

Nigeria

$0.91

877

987

1096

1206

Pakistan

$0.84

951

1070

1189

1308

Sri Lanka

$0.81

983

1106

1229

1352

Methodology 

We divided the iPhone price (per model) by each country's average income per hour to get the number of working hours it takes to afford the iPhone 14 model. However, the summary uses only the data for the 128GB iPhone 14 Pro Max to compare expected hours worked per country.