Apple to boost presence in India, could this hint the affordable iPhone is closer than ever?
The company has no official Apple Stores in India but instead it works with dedicated franchises there.
"After the success of iPhone, Apple has finally realised that India is a big market and needs separate focus," a Mumbai-based Apple franchise said.
The dedicated stores are saying that they have gotten Apple’s encouragement to scale operations up. This will happen both through Apple Premium Resellers as well as multi-brand stores. What’s interesting is that while Apple does not plan on opening its signature stores there, it is said to have contracted suppliers to outfit existing stores in a similar fashion with glass doors and panels.
We can’t help but wonder, though, whether this news could not be a hint of that an affordable iPhone is closer than ever. India is a developing market after all and the premium price for Apple products might not be exactly popular to the masses (it certainly is popular to higher-paid Indians). What do you think?
source: Times of India
1. tech2 (Posts: 3058; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Also, in India you can't buy phones on contract. So, one has to pay Rs. 42,000 approx ($770) in order to buy one which really puts consumers off !
5. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
That's a bummer man. And i heard india still have difficulty with mobile internet.
6. WyclefJean (Posts: 38; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
On percentage wise, yes! But even that few percentage is quite a lot of population..
10. ARITRA (Posts: 45; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
current population of india is approx 1240 million! :)
31. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Govt should have brought cable television to india back in 70-80s, population would have been much less :D
8. ARITRA (Posts: 45; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
yes, you still have to pay 700-800$ up front to buy the high end phones..so i buy one high end phone every year..lol!
and india is a bigggg country so may be in some regions we don't have that much of connectivity(mainly in rural areas) but in cities we don't have much problem..also i heard that in us, uk people have thousands of public wifi hot spots which are sometimes even available for free..thats also not available in india. wifi hotspots are available at only selected places here.
12. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
compare to LTE networks, we are still stuck with 3g. But again, theres more 2g network coverage than 3g and that sucks. However, our providers here like airtel have bought 4g licenses, but I thnk since 3g is a relatively new technology,they will wait ,for a couple of more years to retain their investments
16. techspace (Posts: 938; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
even in india, 3g has become really old, airtel has already launched 4g services last year
reliance is planning to cover 40 cities
30. varuntis1993 (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
according to u 3G is very old but how many users use 3G in india.....airtel did everything it could do to faster the growth of 3G segment in india (it even increased the prices of 2G to decrease the difference of price b/w them) but now all our hopes are on reliance as it is the only PAN india 4G player that can get the pricing right and also just look at the tariff plans where airtel has launched 4G....it's so costly and yeaa that crap FUP policy that brings down the speed to 256kbps which just sucks
32. techspace (Posts: 938; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
but the tariff plans are very cheap when compared to those in usa...but reliance could get them cheaper which is good
and 3g is really old maybe there are people who don't use it, but that doesn't mean that 3g is new
34. varuntis1993 (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
why always the states....just look at south korea .They have the cheapest and the fastest average internet speeds in the world and yeaa about 3g who cares its new or old when it's penetration is so low in india because of the high prices.
anywayz 3g will also become cheaper after 4G in rollout in most of the major cities.
2. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
From what I see around here I am pretty sure that iPhone is very popular in higher paid individuals. Same goes for Samsung Galaxy high-ends. I see Notes and S3s in large number around.
India is still an interesting, difficult and unpredictable marketplace. An average Indian customer knows value for money very well and will likely not choose to buy a phone before putting some thought in it.
7. WyclefJean (Posts: 38; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
True..mid range phones work well here..and yes value for money..most important here :)
3. wendygarett (unregistered)
I believe Indian are smart enough to refuse a flash-less and nfc-less phone like that :)
4. wendygarett (unregistered)
There are a lot of affordable phone has flash, Bluetooth file transfer, hdmi, nfc etc, not just android, blackberry and even the symbian belle is affordable enough to get nfc... I don't think Apple can compete that
13. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Wendy with all thumbs up....!
Wise and non bias post, +1
14. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
I am not sure that NFC makes much difference here. For NFC to be succesful there should be a market where the consumers and the service providers ,both start using that. And in India,that time has not come yet. Maybe another year or so and NFC will be a factor for us while buyin phones. That said, it doesnt hurt to have extra cool features :)
28. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
no, malaysian to be exact..
18. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
You forgot removable battery in the "Affordable" phone segment. Afordable in India means 13-14K (roughly $250 retail price)
11. Samir_Maric (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
It pretty sure that if apple made affordable iPhone most of the Indians buy phone may be most of the android users in india turn to iphone...,
24. amansingal14 (Posts: 307; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
lol... We Indians buy iPhone so as to get iOS. And if there is an affordable iPhone too, it will just take all the potential customers of the premium iPhone to the budget iPhone.
And BOOM!, will go the iPhone profits. Higher End will be left to Samsung, Sony, HTC, Nokia, and other major OEMS.
26. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
There is a mid range iPhone
The very outdafed iPhone 4
Is it popular in India ?
29. varuntis1993 (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
yeaa we have iphone 4 in india that costs about Rs. 26500 approx $480 but not that popular as who would buy it at that price point when we can get a nice andriod phone with some decent specs at that price range ie xperia s,galaxy grand is also there($380)
15. varuntis1993 (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
it's Rs. 45500 and not Rs. 42000 that makes it approx $840 in india and yeaa the whole world is waiting for cheaper iphone and i hope that apple gets the pricing right this time as i did it in case of ipad mini
17. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Indians want 5 inch HD screen quad core phone for 13-14K. Logo doesn't matter much in that segment ...
20. Samir_Maric (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
I didn't buy indian manufacture phone because it comes with stock android ui but manufactures like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, huawei, ZTE, Motorola, etc..., are give customized ui and also bring their own apps that why i like these manufactures....., Indian manufactures like Micromax, Karbonn, LAVA, etc.., comes with their own ui and apps most of the people like it
22. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Good .. so never buy a nexus phone ever :)
25. Samir_Maric (Posts: 76; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
Nexus is the phone made by google. Google bring latest android update to every nexus devices and also it's the very high end mobile and cheap price. Is all indian manufactures bring android update to the devices????
19. lyndon420 (Posts: 3031; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
200 by 2015? At least that's a realistic number. I'm sure there has to be at least 200 people there who want an iphone. (I know it was a typo and it should read 200%...just let me have my fun. My piece of crap car wouldn't start today so I have to miss work and now I have nothing better to do than troll PA articles and bash apple)
21. Shrihari (Posts: 82; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
Generally in India brand is not a matter...specifications and the options provided matters..apple is considered here as a symbol of status...and general users go for either low end nokia device or local droid brands like micromax, celkon...or some go for the galaxy's and notes..giving an whooping amount of 40000 Rs for an device is not an good idea for phone which cant have hdmi port ,sd card support or even f**kin ....Bluetooth transfer and talking about nfc its not too widely implemented yet in here..
23. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
They make sure logo of device is clearly visible to everyone around ... others care a damn about logo ... :)