All those Apple fans out there in India waiting desperately to lay there hands on the next iPhones — iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — can now pre-order the new smartphones.
Most IWorld stores, Apple’s Premium Resellers in Northern India, are accepting pre-bookings for Apple’s new iPhones. Users can also pre-book (reserve to buy in store) the devices on the company’s website. Another Apple Premium Partner in India, Unicorn, too is accepting pre-orders for the two new iPhones. Interested buyers can pre-book the smartphones after paying an advance payment of Rs 5,000. Delhi-based Unicorn has presence across several states in the country.
However, two of the biggest consumer electronics retail stores in the country, Tata Group’s Croma and Reliance Industry’s Reliance Digital, are still to start pre-bookings for both the smartphones. Another prominent electronic retail store in the country Jumbo said that it will accept pre-orders starting next week.
Officially too, Apple India is yet to announce the opening of pre-bookings for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Also, while Beetel Teletech Ltd, one of the distributors for Apple in India, said that it will start deliveries of the two phones at 7pm on October 7, sales person at both IWorld and Unicorn said that there stores will start selling the smartphones at dot 12 am on October 7. Another Apple distributor Rashi Peripherals too has announced that it will start selling the latest iPhones from October 7 in India. The company, however, has so far not disclosed the time when it will start sales at its 1,000 locations across the country.
October 7 is the official launch date of the upcoming Apple smartphones for India. The company is launching the devices in India in the third phase. In the first phase, the new iPhones will go on sale in 28 countries across the world on September 16. In the second phase, beginning September 23, the duo will be available in over 25 countries including Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Apple unveiled its latest iPhones at an even in San Francisco on September 7. The smartphone giant has not yet revealed the complete pricing details of its new smartphones in India. The company, however, just said that the price of the iPhones will start at Rs 60,000 in the country. This is likely to be the price of the base iPhone 7 model with 32GB internal storage.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants. The colour options available are Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Black and Jet Black. Of these, the Jet Black colour variant comes only in 128GB and 256GB variants.
Apple iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch display with 3D touch, whereas the iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 3D touch. Both the smartphones are powered by a new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor, which the company claims is 40% faster that Apple A9 and it runs iOS10.