Apple to boost presence in India, could this hint the affordable iPhone is closer than ever?

Apple to boost presence in India, could this hint the affordable iPhone is closer than ever?
Apple plans to nearly triple its retail presence in India to a whopping 200 by 2015, according to three of the company’s dedicated franchises in the world’s second most-populous nation.

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

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33 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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: Mar 25, 2013

That's a bummer man. And i heard india still have difficulty with mobile internet.

6. WyclefJean

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

On percentage wise, yes! But even that few percentage is quite a lot of population..

10. ARITRA

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

current population of india is approx 1240 million! :)

31. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 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: Dec 07, 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: Jan 10, 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: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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: 49; Member since: Jun 13, 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: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 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: 49; Member since: Jun 13, 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: Aug 09, 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: 44; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

True..mid range phones work well here..and yes value for money..most important here :)

9. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Very true+1 to both post

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

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Wendy with all thumbs up....! Wise and non bias post, +1

14. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 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 :)

27. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

wendy is an indian

28. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

no, malaysian to be exact..

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

You forgot removable battery in the "Affordable" phone segment. Afordable in India means 13-14K (roughly $250 retail price)

11. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 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: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 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: 49; Member since: Jun 13, 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)

33. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

So True..:)

15. varuntis1993

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 13, 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: Aug 11, 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: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 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: Aug 11, 2012

Good .. so never buy a nexus phone ever :)

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