Airtel earlier today started taking iPhone 4S pre-orders on it’s website. Apple’s fifth-gen iPhone is coming to the Indian market after just over a month and will be available in stores on November 25th.
Unlocked iPhone 4S will be available in India from Airtel and Aircel, Apple’s carrier partners for the iPhone launch. However, if you were thinking about the price being same as iPhone 4 you will be disappointed to know that Apple has increased the price for iPhone 4S.
iPhone 4S 16 GB is priced at Rs. 44,500 ($867) and 32GB model is priced at Rs. 50,900 ($992). The fourth-gen iPhone was available at Rs. 35,500 ($692) for 16GB and Rs. 41,900 ($816) for 32GB. At these price points Apple will be looking at selling the iPhone only to high-end customers, not the masses. It’s interesting to note that there was no mention the 64GB variation of iPhone 4S on Airtel’s online store.
Apple’s iPhone 4S is similar to iPhone 4 in appearance but it’s all-new on the inside. The latest offering from the Cupertino, California-based company features dual-core A5 chip, 8 megapixel camera, 1080p HD video recording with video stabilization and Siri.
You’ll notice that Airtel and Aircel do not mention Siri as a feature of iPhone 4S as Indian accent is not officially supported as yet. Apple is expected to add new languages and support for more accents in early 2012 as Siri is still labelled as ‘beta’ software. However, you will be able to use Siri by setting language preference to English US or English UK. Another important factor to consider is that outside US, Siri does not support location based queries. So, don’t expect Siri to find the nearest Costa Coffee or Barista for you.
At the time of writing Airtel’s website mentions “special offers” for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS however, both models continue to sell at existing prices. It’s not clear if Apple will continue to sell iPhone 4 in 16GB and 32GB capacity in India or if we will see a price cut for the previous generation with the introduction of 8GB model.
Apple has not released any official press release regarding the pre-order or availability of iPhone 4S on November 25th in India. The official website continues to list iPhone 4 without any mention of the latest iPhone.
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