Catch 22: Which Apple iPhone do you pick?

We speculate on the possible India launch prices as well as the revised pricing for the existing iPhones.


Apple’s keynote last night was unlike any of their previous unveilings. It felt rushed, as if they were simply rehashing things we already knew. We don’t blame them though as the recent rumours and leaks of the 5S and 5C left little to the imagination. The entire event felt hurried along and there wasn’t enough time spent explaining the features of each phone.

 

In any case, the launch of the 5S and 5C also marks the sad demise of the iPhone 5, which is serving its notice period right now before it’s terminated from store shelves altogether. But what does this mean for us, the Indian consumer? With three variants of the iPhone currently selling in our markets and with two more on the way, what will the pricing look like and which one should you pick?

Catch 22: Which Apple iPhone do you pick?

Can the 5C boost Apple's market share once again?

 

With pre-orders starting from the 13th of September, Apple will roll out their new phones from the 20th of this month. While we don’t feature in this VIP list, we can expect the 5S and 5C to hit our stores towards the end of the year, during the holiday season. This also gives Apple plenty of time to get rid of the older iPhone 5.

Let’s talk pricing. The 5S replaces the 5 in terms of pricing and given the fact that the iPhone 5 is discontinued, we can expect the 5S to start at Rs 45,500 for the 16GB model when it launches later in the year. This could change depending on the dollar exchange rate but you can hold this as a marker for the 5S. Before this happens, we expect Apple to slash the price of the iPhone 5 down to what the 4S is selling for right now. This will give them the push needed to get rid of excess inventory.

The 5C will probably launch at the same price the 4S is selling for currently, which is Rs 38,500. While this is not exactly the “cheap” iPhone we were hoping for, it is cheaper by Apple’s standards. The 5C is essentially the iPhone 5 with a better battery and a colourful polycarbonate shell. This is a smart move by Apple as they can now regain some of the market share lost to Samsung by providing a “cheaper” and more cheerful smartphone.

 

 

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5C

iPhone 5

iPhone 4S


OS

iOS 7

iOS 7

iOS 7

iOS 7

Dimensions

123.8 x 56.6 x 7.6mm

124.4 x 59.2 x 8.9mm

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm

115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm

Weight

112g

132g

112g

140g

Display

4-inch, Retina

4-inch, Retina

4-inch, Retina

3.5-inch, Retina

Processor

A7 + M7

A6

A6

A5

Cellular

LTE, 3G

LTE, 3G

LTE, 3G

3G

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi dual-band

Wi-Fi dual-band

Wi-Fi dual-band

Wi-Fi dual-band

Bluetooth

 Bluetooth v4.0

 Bluetooth v4.0

 Bluetooth v4.0

 Bluetooth v4.0

Navigation

GPS + GLONASS

GPS + GLONASS

GPS + GLONASS

GPS + GLONASS

Camera

8MP, f/2.2

8MP, f/2.4

8MP, f/2.4

8MP, f/2.4

Flash

Dual LED

Single LED

Single LED

Single LED

Special features

Touch ID, Burst mode, Slo-mo video, Siri

Siri

Siri

Siri

FaceTime camera

1.2MP, 720p

1.2MP, 720p

1.2MP, 720p

VGA, 480p

Storage

16/32/64GB

16/32GB

16/32/64GB

16/32/64GB

Corrected Price (Tech2's Estimate)

Rs 45,500

Rs 38,500

Rs 38,500 (EOL)

Rs 26,500

This brings us to the 4S. We feel Apple India will slash the price of the 4S down to the iPhone 4 and do away with the latter. This makes the 4S a very appealing buy as it competes with the mid-range 'Droids.

The iPhone 5C and the 4S will be hugely popular if they fall into our predicted price brackets. The 5C offers all the goodness of the 5 but in a less serious form. And there are tons of customisation options in the form of new covers. The 4S will continue to sell well as it’s still a relatively powerful phone and with iOS 7, you really won’t be missing too much. The new iPhones have definitely got us excited. But what about you? If you had the money and were to choose from the above four, which iPhone would you end up with?

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