Last week Apple finally took the wraps off its next iPhones, which it claims are the biggest advancements in iPhone history. Continuing the tradition of launching two devices, Apple unveiled two models called iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, instead of a regular high-priced model and a cheaper version targeting the mid-price segment, this time around the company opted for a combination of a smartphone and a phablet.
Apple has since been playing hide and seek with their launch date for India. The company first displayed an Oct 17 launch date on its India website, only to remove it later. However, brick and mortar retailers have confirmed that the devices are indeed landing on Indian shores before Diwali this year.
But this is not a story about the new iPhones (you can get all the dope you want on them here. This is a story about why you should not buy the new iPhones, and instead opt for the iPhone 5s (or the iPhone 5c) instead.
Massive price cuts
Apple had originally launched the iPhone 5s for Rs 53,500 and Rs 62,500 for its 16 and 32GB models respectively. In comparison, iPhone 5c was available for Rs 41,900 for the 16GB model.
The company has officially announced a price cut for the iPhone 5s, which is now available for Rs 44,500 and Rs 49,500 for the 16 and 32GB models. This is a price slash of close to 17 and 21 per cent (which is pretty decent in itself). However, online retailers are offering the device for much cheaper. Last we checked you can get your hands on the 16GB model of the iPhone 5s for as low as Rs 34,990. This makes the device over 34 per cent cheaper than its launch price.
Similarly, the 16GB model of the iPhone 5c is available online for as low as Rs 31,500, making it close to 25 per cent cheaper than its original price. In addition, you can also get your hands on the 8GB model of 5c for just Rs 25,000.
Value for money
At these prices, the devices are definitely worth a buy considering the specifications that they are offering. You can also expect Apple to come out with lucrative buy back and EMI schemes for the smartphones to lure in potential customers, similar to what it did with the iPhone 4 and 4s last year (turned out to be the largest selling models for the company in the country).
Also, as per reports doing the rounds, the new iPhones will be priced higher than their predecessors, which means you can expect a Rs 55,000 starting price for the iPhone 6, while the iPhone 6 Plus would be priced upwards of Rs 60,000 in the country.
Note that these are not some ancient smartphones- they were the in thing till up to last month. And even though you will have a year old model of the iPhone, it will still be an iPhone!
If you are still not convinced, here is a look at the specifications of the devices to jog your memory. We personally feel that going for the iPhone 5s instead of the 5c would be better.
The device sports a 4 inch widescreen multi-touch retina display (1136Ã—640 pixel resolution) with 326 ppi pixel density. It is powered by an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and a M7 motion coprocessor. After the new iPhone launch, Apple will do away with the 64GB model and users will be left with 16 and 32GB of internal memory options.
The smartphone features an 8 megapixel autofocus rear camera with True Tone Flash that can record full high definition videos (1080p) at 30 frames per second and a 1.2MP front-facing camera that can also record HD videos (720p). As for connectivity, the device has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G LTE. It measures 123.8mm x 58.6mm x 7.6mm and weighs 112 gm. According to Apple, the battery provides up to 10 hours of talk time and over 240 hours of standby time. It also comes with a fingerprint identity sensor that is built into the 'home' button.
This one also has a 4 inch widescreen multi-touch retina display, but is powered by the A6 chip. In terms of internal memory, users will only have an option of an 8GB model. The smartphone features an 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash that can also record full HD videos and a 1.2MP front-facing camera that can also record HD videos.
As for connectivity, the device has Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G LTE. It measures 124.4mm x 59.2mm x 8.97mm and weighs 132 gm. According to Apple, the battery will provide similar talk time and stand by time as iPhone 5s. It is available in a number of colours that include red, white, yellow, blue and green.
iOS 8Both models will also support iOS 8, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, which comes with new messages and photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive, among others. It will be available as a free software update starting tomorrow.