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Indians get the taste of new Apple with iPhone 5

Last updated on: November 5, 2012 14:37 IST

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Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, has made it to Indian markets 42 days after its US launch.

Priced at Rs 45,500 onwards, the device is being heavily promoted by telecom operators and large-format retail stores across the country.

 

Apple India has brought in national distributors Redington India and Ingram Micro for the first time to retail its smartphones. Earlier, Apple preferred the telecom operator-led distribution, where Aircel and Airtel sold the iPhones.


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With the phone grabbing attention across Apple's premium resellers (like Imagine Stores and Reliance's iStores) and online retailers (like Indiatimes Shopping and Saholic, among others) boasting of pre-orders and are offering free home deliveries, many customers are opting to list their 12-18-month-old iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S for resale. Prices for these begin at Rs 19,000.

Kapil Dahiya, an iPhone 4 owner, who has listed his white iPhone 4 on online classified sites Quikr and OLX for Rs 19,000, says, "I bought the iPhone 4 in August last year and now that the iPhone 5 is in the market, I am eager to upgrade the device. But Apple, as a brand, has great aspirational value for many and so I am reselling it." Dahiya, who listed the phone online yesterday, says he's already got a buyer willing to pay the asking price.

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With the iPhone 5 in the market, many buyers are also willing to put their money on older iPhone models, since they feel the deal offered by several shops and online stores makes the handset affordable.

Anil Khetri, a financial planner in Gurgaon, is planning to buy an iPhone 4S from an e-commerce site for Rs 37,000.
"When the iPhone 4S was launched in India, the 16GB model was listed for Rs 44,500. Today, I'm getting the same device nearly Rs 8,000 cheaper and it comes with the same version of the mobile operating system (iOS6) that's on iPhone 5 and even the same number of apps," he reasons.

At Apple retail stores, a brand new iPhone 4S now starts at Rs 38,500, while the iPhone 4 starts at Rs 26,500. An older model, the 3GS, retails at about Rs 15,000 on many online stores.

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The iPhone 5 is the first Apple smartphone with a four-inch screen that features the high-speed long-term evolution network (LTE).

The phone also features a new quad-core A6 processor, an enhanced camera infrastructure, as well as a mini-dock connector.

"Demand for the iPhone 5 has been incredible and we are working hard to get one into the hands of every customer who wants one as quickly as possible," noted Apple CEO Tim Cook in an official release, when Apple announced it had sold over five million iPhone 5 models within three days after its launch on September 21.

According to CyberMedia Research (CMR), during the January-June period, total India shipments of mobile handsets was 102.4 million units and smartphones at 5.5 million units.

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Image: Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook takes the stage after the introduction of the iPhone 5 during Apple Inc.'s iPhone media event in San Francisco, California.
Photographs: Beck Diefenbach/Reuters.

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Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst at CMR's telecom practice, says, "The first half of CY2012 was witness to the high-decibel launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, et al. The second half of CY2012 continues to see the launch of a number of high-value, aspirational smartphone models, such as the Nokia Lumia 910, Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Apple iPhone 5. This push from vendors and the increasing maturity of the Indian mobile subscriber community is expected to further push smartphones as a proportion of the total mobile handset shipments in the country in the next few quarters."

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APPLE'S HIGH-FIVE TO INDIA
iPhone 5

Rs 45,500 onwards Has a 4" screen with Retina Display. It is the lightest iPhone at 112 gms
Runs on the fastest processor, A6, which is said to be about twice as fast as 4S'
Has 8-megapixel camera like the 4S, but packs in software improvements that deliver richer photos in low-light. The front camera can take 1.2-megapixel photos
Has an improved version of Apple's voice assistant, Siri
Lightning, Apple's new dock connector, debuts on the phone. This is a smaller, more flexible version of the original dock connector

iPhone 4S
Rs 38,500 onwards Has a 3.5" screen with Retina Display. It is the heaviest iPhone at 140 gms
Uses the A5 processor, faster than iPhone 4's
Has 8-megapixel camera and the front camera can take VGA resolution pictures only
Sports the voice assistant feature, Siri
Has the older connector (which makes it compatible with an array of music accessories available in the market today)

iPhone 4
Rs 26,500 onwards Identical display as iPhone 4S'; weighs 137 gms
Runs on the older A4 processor
Has a 5-megapixel camera and front camera can take VGA resolution pictures and videos only Siri is absent
Has the older connector, like 4S'

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