Apple is indeed relaunching the iPhone 4 in India as reported earlier this week. However, Apple has priced the smartphone, which was launched in 2010 and discontinued a couple of months ago, at an MRP of Rs 22,900 and not Rs 15,000, BGR India has learnt from sources at Apple's distributor partners.
Apple has launched an aggressive EMI scheme for its iPad mini in India that would give buyers the iPad mini for a downpayment of just Rs 4,999, followed by 18-months EMI. The scheme is currently applicable just on the iPad mini Wi-Fi 16GB variant and is not applicable on any other model including the latest iPad mini with Retina Display.
Apple is reportedly planning to relaunch the iPhone 4 8GB in India, the Economic Times reports. Apple had discontinued the iPhone 4 after launching the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S in India, which is the typical practice. While the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S are doing seemingly well in contributing to Apple's market share in India by value, it has not done much for the Cupertino-based company in terms of market share by units.
Apple India is launching a buyback scheme for the iPhone 4S 8GB from tomorrow. The scheme will let buyers trade-in their old smartphones and get a minimum of Rs 5,000 off on the iPhone 4S 8GB.
Like we had exclusively reported a fortnight ago, Apple has hiked prices of some of its products in India. Earlier, Apple had increased prices of the new iMacs significantly with the new range starting from Rs 99,900 while the older iMacs started at Rs 85,900. This month, Apple has also increased prices of the Mac mini and its range of Thunderbolt and Cinema displays.
The price of the iPhone 5S in India might be a bummer but Apple is working on an aggressive sales plan to boost its sales in India. After launching it in India on November 1 with limited stocks, Apple India plans to tap on its existing iPhone user base in the country to get unprecedented sales for the new iPhones.
There is yet another buyback offer in India where iPhone 4 users can upgrade to the iPhone 5C. Under the offer, which has been spotted at Vijay Sales, users need to exchange their old iPhone 4 in working condition along with a charger and they can buy the iPhone 5C at Rs 29,900. Effectively, the retailer is giving a minimum of Rs 12,000 for your iPhone 4, considering the iPhone 5C is priced at Rs 41,900. We have reached out to Apple to find whether this is an Apple India approved offer or if it has been done by the retail chain on its own.
After selling out its premium iPhone 5S within 24 hours in India, Apple is now aiming to generate Rs 1,000 crore worth of sales from the smartphone. This would be twice the volume of sales of the iPhone 5 in the year-ago quarter, The Economic Times reports. To achieve the target, Apple will have to sell two lakh units in less than two months.
Thanks to an aggressive pricing and promotion program, Apple's India profits have shrunk to a third to Rs 112.66 crore in 2013 from Rs 311.5 crore last year, according to the Apple India's Registrar of Companies filing. First reported by Times of India, the filing reveals that the company's sales increased by 51 percent to Rs 3,030.11 crore from Rs 2,003.9 crore last year.
After RCom, it is Airtel's turn to announce it too will offer the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S in India on November 1. The carrier issued a press release and revealed it on its Twitter account simultaneously to make the announcement. From the looks of it, either Apple has tied up with more than two
RCom today announced it will offer the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S in India starting from November 1. The carrier hasn't officially announced any pricing details of the new iPhones but we can expect them to offer some bundled plans with data usage if someone buys the iPhone from them. Today new rumors have been swirling around about the new iPhone prices in India with the iPhone 5C 16GB being pegged at Rs 41,900 and the iPhone 5S 16GB between Rs 52,500-53,500. At this point we cannot confirm any pricing but we can say that the iPhone 5S would be priced upwards of Rs 50,000.
After Apple officially announced that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be launched in India on November 1, there have been many rumors around the prices of the two new iPhones in India. And understandably so. A leading newspaper today published what it claims to be the prices of the new iPhones in India, which has resulted in a deluge of tweets, mails, text messages and every possible means of communication asking for our take on the news. Rather than replying to everyone individually, we thought it is best to dispel all rumors and share what we know at the moment.
Apple is reportedly planning on increasing its presence in India by tapping into smaller towns and cities. In a recently held meeting with over 200 executives from major retail chains, Maneesh Dhir, country head, and Sanjay Kaul, telecom business chief, Apple India have revealed their expansion plans of pushing the sales of iPhones, iPads and iPods in the top 50 tier two and tier three towns.
In a rare move, Apple could increase prices of its products in India starting October, multiple sources have told BGR India. The hike is currently seen as Apple's response to the weak Indian Rupee. Apple rarely increases prices of its products and usually increases prices of new products in order to absorb any losses in margins due to foreign exchange rates. Apple demonstrated that by launching its new iMacs starting from Rs 99,900 this week. Earlier, its iMac range started from Rs 85,900.
Apple has announced a global USB adapter takeback program under which it will offer original Apple USB adapters at 50 percent discount. The program, which started on August 16 in many countries is yet to begin in India. However, Apple India has reconfirmed to BGR India that the program will indeed begin in India too.
An ET report today claims that Apple's iPhone sales in India grew four-fold in the last quarter of 2012. Yes, Apple is getting aggressive in India and demonstrated that during the weeks leading up to the iPhone 5 launch by cutting its cords with carriers, launching the iPhone in open market and hiring more people in sales and marketing functions. It has also increased its advertising in India via its distributors Redington and Ingram Micro, and has also tied up with banks to offer EMI options, which has led to increase in sales. But is this growth sustainable?
Nothing gets more page views than a story about Apple, especially one that makes tall claims about something that has already been dismissed twice by CEO Tim Cook. Today was no different when ET ran a story about how Apple's plans for starting its Apple Stores in India have hit a roadblock due to the Indian government's local outsourcing policy when it comes to a foreign single-brand retail entity. It then goes on to claim that somehow having its own retail presence would help Apple get around the multi-layer distribution model that Cook blamed for high prices of Apple products in India.
Apple is currently hiring people for its sales team in India in the build-up to the launch of the next iPhone. As BGR India exclusively reported, Apple will be retailing the iPhone 5 in India in the open market rather than relying solely on its carrier partners Aircel and Airtel. This means Apple would import and distribute the iPhone 5 on its own and make it widely available, unlike earlier when it was imported and distributed by the carriers.