Kunal Dua (@duak) is the editor-in-chief at Gadgets 360, India's largest tech news website with over 40 million unique visitors. When Tim Cook was in India back in 2016, he said that Apple was in the country for a "thousand years." With iPhone sales in India on a downward trajectory, the joke doing the rounds is that Apple might actually need that kind of time to make a significant dent in the world's second-biggest phone market for feature phones and smartphones. Unfortunately for Apple, any good joke often contains a grain of truth. Apple reportedly shipped fewer than 1 million iPhones in the first half of this year, according to Counterpoint Research; less than 2 percent of the estimated 60 million plus smartphones that were shipped in the country during the time.
When Apple launched the iPhone 7, it began to officially phase out the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but now a new variant of the three-year-old iPhone is landing in a few places. Apple is launching a new 32GB model of the iPhone 6, its flagship smartphone that first introduced in 2014. Although it's being widely reported as for sale in India, a person familiar with Apple's plans told Mashable that the 32GB iPhone 6 will be for sale in several Asian markets, including China. SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone SE to be'Designed in California, Assembled in India' The 32GB variant of the iPhone 6 will be sold exclusively through online retailers, the person said. The 32GB iPhone 6 will be for sale in several Asian markets, including China.
The most desirable smartphone on the planet is all set to meet with the world's fastest growing smartphone market in a few hours -- but without customary rites this year. Apple will begin selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones in India tomorrow. Much like every year, enthusiasts and people with little patience are planning to queue up outside retail stores tonight. Except, they won't be able to buy one at the stroke of midnight hour. Unlike last year, and several other years before that, Apple's authorised partners and distributors won't begin selling the iPhone at midnight tonight.
The reality is the world's biggest markets are saturated with high-end smartphones, and that's hitting all smartphone makers, including Apple. However, its latest attempt to gain traction in the country -- selling cheap, refurbished iPhones -- may fail before it gets off the ground with strong opposition from both government and Apple's rivals. However in a country where four out of every five smartphones sold cost under 10,000 rupees ( 150) Apple is not in line to secure a huge market share any time soon. The cheapest iPhone Apple offers in India will be the recently launched iPhone SE, which is due to go on sale in the sub-continent in the coming weeks costing 585. Its flagship model, the 16GB iPhone 6s, costs around 800 -- and that is after a 15 percent price cut in December.
People in India can finally stop annoying retailers with price queries about the latest iPhones. Apple today shared the local pricing for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as well as the new pricing for older iPhones. Apple updated its Indian website to reflect the pricing. The iPhone 7 32GB base variant is priced at Rs 60,000 ( 902), the 128GB variant at Rs 70,000 ( 1,045) and the top-end 256GB iPhone 7 at Rs 80,000 ( 1,195). The iPhone 7 Plus, similarly would start at Rs 72,000 ( 1,075) for the 32GB base model, while the mid-end 128GB variant is priced at Rs 82,000 ( 1,225) and you would probably have to break the bank at Rs 92,000 ( 1,375) for its top-end 256GB model.