As with the launch of each new iPhone, the prices of the previous editions have been slashed this time too. Apple launched the all new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on September 7th this year and soon, after the launch came the news of the rates of iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus getting slashed. But then, while Apple launches a new phone and discontinues the oldest running edition, this time Apple delivered a blow and discontinued not just 1 but 3 older models! Apple has decided to do away with the Apple iPhone 5S iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus series. So the only series that are officially available in India are the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Clearly, those fans who were awaiting the iPhone 7 in hopes that they could buy the older generation at throwaway prices are going to be disappointed. However, for those still interested, the phones will be available for sale at retailers and online till the stocks are exhausted. For those looking to buy the older phones still available that is the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus or iPhone SE, the phones have gotten a massive price-cut. The official prices are down by as much as Rs 22,000. Apple has done away with the 16GB internal memory variant and all the iPhones (even the older generations) will now be available only starting at 32GB. The 16GB versions will be available till stocks last though. It is definitely a huge change and also a much needed one considering iPhone users tend to quickly run out of space owing to the limited internal memory.
iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be available on in the 32GB and 128 GB versions as the 64GB version has also been discontinued. The iPhone 6S is now cheaper by loads and the 32Gb version is priced at Rs 50,000 while the 128 GB version is priced at Rs 60,000. On the other hand, the iPhone 6S Plus, comes in the 32GB variant for Rs 60,000 (actually the same as that of the iPhone 7) and the 128 GB variant costs Rs 70,000. It might be wise to instead just buy the iPhone 7 as you get a phone that is specially designed keeping the new iOS in mind instead of having to make do with an OTA update which might result in some glitches and though optimised, might still result in some issues. But then, if the display size is the bone of contention for you, and shelling out Rs 10k more just an impossibility, it might do to just stick to the iPhone 6S Plus.
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Coming now to the iPhone SE, Apple has priced the iPhone SE 16 GB version for Rs 39,000 and the 64GB variant for Rs 44,000. iPhone SE is now the only phone to have the 16GB and 64GB versions. The phones will be available for sale online and also with Apple retailers. In terms of features, Apple has already begun streaming OTA for the previous generation models. There were some glitches with some phones bricking up after the iOS 10 upgrade but Apple released the solution too and everything is back to normal. For many first-time buyers, Apple phones are over-priced and they prefer buying the older generation phones just to be able to flash the Apple logo and show that they too own an Apple device. It is only the status quo that comes with using an Apple device that makes them want to own it. Apple older generation phones remain highly popular among the upper middle-class masses.
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Coming to their latest devices, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the phones are priced beginning Rs 60,000 and the rates go as high as Rs 92,000. The iPhone 7 is the smaller of the two and iPhone 7 Plus clearly the flagship this year. iPhone 7 comes with a 4.7 inch display while the iPhone 7 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch FHD display. Both the devices are coated with ion-strengthening glass with oleophobic coating. The one thing new in both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is year is that they are water-resistant and dust-resistant and come without an earphone jack or the standard 3.5mm jack. Coming to the processor, both the devices are powered by th Fusion A10 chip and quad-core 64 bit processors. iPhone 7 comes with a 12MP rear end camera and quad-LED flash whereas the iPhone 7 Plus comes with dual-12MP camera. Both the phones come with a 7MP front-end snapper. The home button is now a taptic button.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sure have lots to offer in terms of something new but then, are they good enough to shell out all the extra moolah or should you be happy with the previous generation devices you are getting for cheaper? Let us know in comments below.