Right on cue, Apple has started shipping stocks of the iPhone 5C 8GB into India, ahead of its introduction in the market. BGR India had reported about the impending launch of the iPhone 5C 8GB variant earlier this month. Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 croreAlso Read - Apple iOS 15, iPadOS 15 beta 4 released: What’s new, how to download
According to shipment data received by BGR India stocks for the iPhone 5C 8GB started arriving last week, which would signal a launch either later this week or next week. There is no word on the pricing of the phone but we expect it to be priced above Rs 35,000 but the actual price should be closer to Rs 30,000 with buyback schemes. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPads
Apple already offers the iPhone 5C 16GB for Rs 34,400 with a buyback scheme. This would make the iPhone 5C 8GB the most affordable LTE smartphone compatible with current 4G LTE networks in India. Currently Apple also has the iPhone 4S 8GB, which is reaching its end of life, available at Rs 24,000. The iPhone 5S, meanwhile is retailing for around Rs 47,000 for the 16GB variant.
The introduction of the iPhone 5C 8GB would strengthen Apple’s smartphone portfolio in the sub-Rs 40,000 price segment. BGR India had earlier reported that every second smartphone shipped in India priced above Rs 30,000 was an iPhone.
Apple has been pretty aggressive with its iPhone strategy in India gaining numbers with buyback schemes, which has forced Samsung and others to follow suit. The strategy has borne fruit with Apple’s iPhone sales in India having doubled year-on-year, which Tim Cook mentioned during the company s Q2 2014 earnings call.
The iPhone also continued to perform exceptionally well in many developing markets. In Greater China, Brazil, Indonesia, Poland and Turkey. iPhone sales grew by strong double-digits year-over-year, and in India and Vietnam sales more than doubled, Cook had said.