Apple will be bringing the 8GB version of the iPhone 5c to India in the coming weeks. During Apple's Q2 2014 conference call, CEO Tim Cook said that Indian iPhone sales had more than doubled. India is an emerging market where many of the "next billion" smartphone customers are expected to come from, and getting a lower cost version of Apple's pop-art-inspired mid-tier iPhone makes a lot of sense. Especially for customers who don't need to cary around a lot of media with them but do want access to messaging apps and the mobile web.
Update: It sounds as though reports of the iPhone 4's death in India may have been greatly exaggerated. Instead, we're hearing it's nothing more than the normal changes in inventory levels associated with the timing of manufacturing runs. Of course, given the pattern of Apple's yearly product cycle to date, productions runs on the iPhone 4 will no doubt slow down and stop altogether at some point. However, that again wouldn't be unique to India. Just business as usual for Apple.
Apple's sales in India are reportedly up 400% in 3 months according to IDC estimates. India is one of those emerging markets, alongside Russia and Brazil, that Apple is keeping a very close eye on. While China has been grabbing a lot of the headlines, conference call time, iOS 6 feature list, and even a new operating segment of late, India may not be that far behind. Akanksha Prasad & Indu Nandakumar, writing for The Times of India report:
This Friday, April 20, Apple will be releasing the new iPad in Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, South Korea, St Maarten, Uruguay and Venezuela. Next Friday, April 27, Apple will be adding Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand to the list as well. That's a total of 22 new countries.
iPad 2 just launched in Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE today and despite Wi-Fi and unlocked 3G units being available in other parts of the world for over a month already, it looks like the crowds are still coming out.
Did you just get your new iPad 2? If so, if you've finished unboxing and you're finally ready to go... you might just be wondering what you need to know and do next?
The Wall Street Journal is claiming that Apple is in talks with 2 Indian carriers over a CDMA version of the iPhone. The two carriers in question are Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices. No time frame was mentioned except "near future".
New Delhi, March 19, 2010 : Bharti Airtel and Apple have reached an agreement to bring iPhone 3GS, the fastest most powerful iPhone yet, to India in the coming months. For information please visit www.airtel.in/iphone3gs. For more information on iPhone, please visit www.apple.com/iphone .
Back on July 11, the iPhone 3G launched in 22 countries. Along with much fanfare, hippie attention seekers, lines that would stretch out for weeks on end, and constantly crashing servers. But since Apple sold about a million of the hot new handsets that weekend, you just knew they were going to do it again.
20 countries launched the iPhone 3G back on July 11 (okay, zut, France straggled a bit), and Apple hopes to launch some 21 more just 6 short weeks later -- only minus some iTunes authentication failures and supply shortages, no doubt.