For the first time in history an Apple iPhone can be described as an affordable smartphone by Indian standards. Yes, the 4S model that is indeed in line to receive the iOS 9 update later this year can be grabbed in the country now at amounts hovering around the Rs 13000 mark.
The Apple device which had been a mainstay only in the high-end and later in the mid-range categories has now suddenly entered the affordable segment. This is particularly worrying for players like Xiaomi, Micromax and others who never considered Apple a threat in their dominant areas.
The price of the iPhone 4S has been collectively slashed by retailers, which means it’s an unofficial development. This explains why Apple’s Indian arm has refused to comment on it. According to sources in the know of The Economic Times, the sales of this particular handset doubled during the past two weeks when its retail value had dropped below Rs 13000.
The 8GB model of the smartphone can be found selling on Amazon at Rs 13689, whereas Flipkart is asking for Rs 13894 in exchange of it. The 4S version of the world’s most popular smartphone was released back in 2013 as a flagship device for the company’s new personal digital assistant, Siri.
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It runs on a dual core Apple A5 chip, while it does its imaging and video shooting through an 8MP rear snapper and a VGA front camera. Notably, despite its age it has still been revealed to be eligible for the iOS 9 update that will be issued this fall.
The Apple iPhone 4S has been discontinued in major markets, but in ones like India, it still remains a revenue-grabber for the Cupertino-based company.