Apple has announced that the new iPhones will be available in Indian stores on November 1.
India prices: The iPhone 5s will cost Rs 53,500 for the 16GB model, Rs 62,500 for the 32GB model and Rs 71,500 for the 64GB model.
The iPhone 5c will cost Rs 41,900 for the 16GB model and Rs 53,500 for the 32GB model.
The latest update as reported by Hindu Business Line is that for the first time in India, RCom is offering them at subsidized rates on a two-year contract for a monthly fee ranging between Rs 2,599 and Rs 2,999 for the 16 GB versions. This means the users will have to be Reliance subscribers for two years.
It's a risky move considering the fact that customers in India tend to default on their mobile bill payments or dishonour contracts quite often. However, Reliance is awarding the contract to customers only via a purhase through credit cards hence passing on soem of the risk to the banks. This will help them ensure that they are filtering out & selling the handsets only to customers with a good credit history.
The iPhone 5S and 5C are already being sold on e-commerce websites like Ebay India for Rs 69,990 and Rs 47,500 respectively.
Apple launched the iPhone 5S & the iPhone 5C amidst huge hype and brouhaha over its features and pricing, most of which were already leaked out pretty accurately.
In September, Apple revealed that 9 million new iPhones were purchased in three days after they went on sale in stores. We bring to you all the information you would need to know about the iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C
Apple iPhone 5S Features & Pricing in India
Display & Body
The display on the iPhone 5S remains the same at 4.0 inches with a pixel density of 326 ppi. As expected, the design is also the same as the iPhone 5.
64 bit A7 chip and M7 motion co-processor
The iPhone 5S comes with the new A7 chip which Apple claims to be the world’s first 64 bit desktop-class architecture in a smartphone. Apparently Huawei Ascend D Quad launched in Feb 2012 last year also boasted of a 64 bit chipset.
M7 motion coprocessor gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency. Apple has allowed developers’ access to the new CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M7, thus allowing them to create better fitness and activity apps.
Touch ID – Fingerprint Scanner
Built into the home button, Touch ID uses a laser cut sapphire crystal, together with the capacitive touch sensor, to take a high-resolution image at about 550ppi of your fingerprint. Touch ID will allow you to authenticate Appstore purchases and app updates besides providing security lock to the iPhone 5S.
8MP iSight Camera with True Tone Flash
The iPhone 5S boasts of a new 8MP iSight camera, which features a larger f/2.2 aperture and a new, larger sensor with 1.5μ pixels for better sensitivity and low-light performance. The camera has capability to shoot 10 frames-per-second in burst mode, and 120 frames-per-second slow motion video at 720p.
The dual LED Flash, called the True Tone Flash by Apple adjusts colour and intensity for over 1,000 combinations to give better images under dark light conditions.
The new iPhone 5S now comes in three new different colours called Gold, Silver and Space Grey. Apple has also introduced new leather covers for the device with 6 colours to choose from i.e. beige, black, blue, brown, yellow and red.
The iPhone 5S comes with iOS 7, Apple’s latest redesigned UI along with the option to download the iWorks apps Suite for free which includes iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps that are otherwise paid for apps. The iOS 7 upgrade will be available for free starting from September 18th for all the iOS devices albeit with a limited set of features for the iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S and similarly for the iPad 2 and iPad 3.
Below is a snapshot of which Apple iOS device (iPhone & iPad) will get which features of iOS 7
- - Talking of the Apple iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C they will get all the complete features of iOS 7. Similarly the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini as well will get the complete set of features as well.
- - The Apple iPhone 4S will get all the features of the iOS 7 but the Filters in the Camera App and AirDrop.
- - The Apple iPhone 4 will not get the Filters in Camera App, AirDrop, Panoramic Photos and the personal assistant Siri as well.
- - The third generation iPad or the iPad 3 will not support Filters in Camera App, AirDrop and Panoramic Photos.
- - The iPad 2 will not support Filters in Camera App, AirDrop, Panoramic Photos, Filters in Photos App, Square photos and videos and lastly Siri.
The remaining Apple devices not included in this list will not get the iOS 7 update. Though it must be noted that iOS 6 will have all the apps running on them as earlier. So the owners of device with iOS 6 need not worry.
Availability and Pricing
The iPhone 5s price in India is Rs 53,500 for the 16GB model, Rs 62,500 for the 32GB model and Rs 71,500 for the 64GB model, while the iPhone 5S is priced at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB on two-year contract in the US.
Latest update: The iPhone 5S is available on eBay India for Rs 69,990 for the 16 GB, factory unlocked version.
Interestingly, on eBay, one buyer bought the 5S for $10,100 (about Rs 633623) and in the Indian grey markets, the 5C is being sold for Rs 49,000 while the 5S is being sold for Rs 64,000, according to reports.
The iPhone 5S will be available starting Sep 20th in the US, while it will be made available in India on November 1.
Apple iPhone 5C Features & Pricing in India
Body & Design
The iPhone 5C comes in a new polycarbonate shell design which we feel, resembles the Nokia Lumia 620 a bit. It’s available in five colours viz, blue, green, pink, yellow and white.
It sports the same features as the iPhone 5 which include:
4.0 inch Retina display
8MP iSight Camera
The A6 chip
The iPhone 5C comes with iOS 7, Apple’s latest redesigned UI along with the option to download the iWorks apps suite for free which includes iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps that are otherwise paid apps.
Pricing & Availability
The iPhone 5c India price is Rs 41,900 for the 16GB model and Rs 53,500 for the 32GB model, while in the US, the iPhone 5C is priced at $99 for 16GB and $199 for the 32 GB version, both on a two year contract.
While the iPhone 5C will be made available in the US on the 20th of September, it will arrive in India on November 1.
iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5: Pricing & Availability
The iPhone 4 has been discontinued by Apple and as such won't be officially available in the market. You can expect the iPhone 4S to get a price drop and become available at Rs. 25,000 for the 8GB version. The iPhone 5 has been discontinued, though the existing users have no reason to worry as the device will keep getting timely updates in the future.
Note: iOS 7 upgrade will be available for the entire Apple devices starting from iPhone 4 & iPad 2 from September 18th. But the iWorks apps are free only for newly bought devices with iOS7 installed on it. The prices mentioned above are from our sources in the market and there is no official confirmation by Apple India yet.