Tech giant Apple is all set to unveil its new smartphones iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus available to Indian customers from October 17, says a PTI report.
The smartphones will hit the US stores on September 19, and Apple enthusiasts in India need to wait less than a month only, unlike the long wait in the case of previous editions of the iPhone.
Besides, the company will introduce these phones during the festive season in the Indian market. The prices of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have not yet been disclosed.
Off late, Apple smartphones were made available in India around November only, like iPhone 5S for the 16GB version is retailing in India at about Rs 41,500.
What’s more, the company also unveiled its first wearable device Apple Watch, after years of rumours and speculation. While, the company website did not disclose a specific date for the availability of Apple Watch, the wearable device that comes with a price tag of USD 349, is expected to hit stores in 2015.
The smartphones and the smartwatch were launched at the Flint Centre in Cupertino, California, where the iconic Macintosh was first launched 30 years ago.For the US, iPhone 6 will be available for USD 199 (16GB), USD 299 (64GB) and USD 399 (128GB) with a two-year contract.
The iPhone 6 Plus will be available for USD 299 (16GB), USD 399 (64GB) and USD 499 (128GB) with a two-year contract. Apart from the US, Canada, the UK and six other countries will have the sixth generation of the iPhone in stores fromSeptember 19, while other countries will follow later.
The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch screen. Compared to a thickness of 7.6 mm of iPhone 5S, the sixth generation has a thickness of 6.9 mm (iPhone 6) and 7.1 mm (iPhone 6 Plus), respectively.
The devices feature Apple-designed A8 chips, which have 25 per cent faster processing power and upto 50 per cent faster graphics. The handsets feature 8MP iSight camera and support Voice over LTE. The iPhone 6 also has an improved face detection for selfies and group selfies.
For the fitness freaks, iPhone 6 has a barometer that senses air pressure to measure relative elevation. The iPhone can now tell if the user is going up molehills, mountains, etc.
Apple making iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus soon in the country is an indication of the growing significance of the India smartphone market, even though its contribution to the company's global revenues is small.
India, the fastest growing smartphone market globally, saw smartphone sales growing almost three-fold to over 44 million in 2013, buoyed by a strong uptake of affordable devices made by local firms such as Micromax and Karbonn, according to research firm IDC.
The market, which is dominated by Apple iOS' rival Android operating system, saw sales in the April-June 2014 quarter growing 84 per cent year-on-year to 18.42 million units. It was led by Samsung, followed by Micromax and Karbonn. Globally, Apple is the second largest handset maker after Samsung.