All eyes are on Apple as the tech major gets ready to launch its tenth anniversary iPhone at some point this year. However, the company has managed to surprise everyone by quietly unveiling a new variant of the iPhone 6.
To recap, the iPhone 6 came out in September 2014 in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models. Apple has now added another gold colored 32GB 2017 edition to the lineup. The catch here is that the iteration has only shown up in Asian markets where it’s being offered with select carriers.
This confusing state of affairs means that the new 32GB option is not being sold via Apple channels like its retail stores or site. The company’s still offering up the 4-inch iPhone SE as the official low-end option in Asia.
The 32GB iPhone 6 (2017) has apparently been around in China since February. Telecom brand Taiwan Mobile is now reportedly launching the handset under its banner on March 10. The carrier is pushing the device as a special limited-edition promotion and touting the fact that the variation is the cheapest iPhone to ever be offered on its network.
This brings us to the price of the 32GB iPhone 6. Taiwan Mobile is giving away the smartphone for free bundled with a TWD 1399 (roughly $45 or Rs 3000) monthly contract plan for 30 months. It’s unclear if Apple plans to release the variant in other countries as of now.
Given the fact that Apple itself didn’t announce or publicize the 32GB iPhone 6, there’s a chance it’ll never make the trip to markets like the US. Perhaps the option is meant as a way to attract customers on the hunt for a cheaper iPhone and don’t want to opt for the smaller iPhone SE.