The Apple iPhone 5 has been launched in a host of countries and it is only a matter of time before it graces shores in India. As of now, there is no official word about the time of the arrival of Apple's new flagship handset in India, but the latest information shows that the launch date is looming close.

According to various reports, it appears that the prices of older iPhones such as the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 have been slashed in India. According to a report by IBNLive, the author states, “Preparing for the launch of the iPhone 5 in India, Apple has announced a cut in prices of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 models. According to an Apple spokesperson, the iPhone 4S 16GB model is now available for Rs 41,400, a reduction of Rs 3,100 from its earlier price of Rs 44,500. The big news for Apple enthusiasts is that the company has slashed the price of the iPhone 4 (8GB) by Rs 9,600. The phone, which was earlier available for Rs 37,900 is now available for Rs 28,300. Further, Apple has discontinued the iPhone 3GS.”

One million Apple iPhone 4S pre-ordered

Is the price drop indicating a iPhone 5 launch?

This will be great news for those who are looking to procure an iPhone, and a decrease of Rs 9,600 in the price is a sizeable amount, especially because Apple has never wavered from a device's price while it was still a part of its device portfolio. However, if wishes were horses, we would hope that the price of Rs 28,300 was for the iPhone 4S and not the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 would do pretty well in India, if it got a price tag of around the Rs 20,000 mark, similar to how the iPhone 3GS did when the iPhone 4S was announced.

Another reason to covet the iPhone 4S over the iPhone 4 is that the former can reap all the benefits of the iOS 6.

India has very little to benefit from iOS 6, and though improvements in Siri and Maps are the major talking points of the latest software update, users in India can feel quite limited as the above mentioned features do not work all that well in India yet. However, the major plus point for the iPhone 4S could be FaceTime over cellular networks, something that the iPhone 4 cannot do.

With this all said, one thing is for certain. The iPhone 5 is coming to India and the launch date is close.

Here is a quick glance at the highlighted features of the iPhone 5:

  • 4-inch, 326ppi Retina display at 1136 x 640 pixels
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, 720p front-facing camera
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions

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