Is India becoming an Important Market for Apple iPhone ?

After the launch of the iPhone 5 Apple has shown a lot of love for India. The launch of the iTunes Store, Apple TV is just one part of the love. The iPhone 5 also came to India pretty soon compared to previous models and so did the iPad Mini.

NOW,

Apple is running extremely high dosage promotional activities for the iPhone in India. Apple is offering 0% EMI schemes, with 10% cash back offers on the iPhone 4, 4S and the iPhone 5.

The latest offer by Apple lets the public give their old smartphone and get a minimum discount of Rs.7000 on the iPhone 4. This means the iPhone 4 which retails for Rs.26,500 would be available for 19,500.

This is primarily done by Apple to make the iPhone available in the sub-20,000 range to take on the Samsung Galaxy Grand, Blackberry Torch and some HTC phones.

No surprises, this scheme is doing extremely well and the latest reports state that the iPhone 4 is outselling the iPhone 5 in India. It’s only Apple who can sell a 2 year old phone at Rs.20,000.

In fact the iPhone 4 scheme was available only till 14th April,2013 but seeing an extremely positive response this scheme has been extended until 30th April,2013.

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There are still some questions unanswered –

1. Why is Apple focusing on India all of a sudden?

Samsung is taking a part of Apple’s pie in the US, UK and Canada. Also Samsung has a greater hold on the smartphone market in developing countries like India. Apple has understood that if it wants to continue leading the smartphone market developing countries like India and China are extremely important.

2. Behind the scenes of the iPhone 4, minimum Rs.7000 discount scheme

The Apple reseller gets a Rs.5000 credit note from the distributer in country( Redington and Ingram Micro) and the rest Rs.2000 can be recovered by the reseller by selling the smartphone that the customers gives. It is on the discretion of the reseller whether or not to accept the smartphone given by the customer.

3. Why the special Scheme only for iPhone 4 ?

I think everyone by knows that the iPhone 5S is going to launch in summer. After the launch of the iPhone 5S the iPhone 4 will become almost obsolete. At the moment also sales of iPhone 4 in developed countries is extremely low. Apple wants to sell as many as possible before the launch on the iPhone 5S. iPhone is a premium phone and in a poor country like India people would not buying even a 2 year old iPhone if it is in their budget. Apple has studied the Indian market well.

 

Best Buy offering iPhone 4 at throwaway price of $49, requires 2 year contract bond in return

America”s top-most retailer Best Buy is proving why it is one of the best shopping outlets out there with an incredible new offer on a still-valuable Apple gadget — it is offering the iPhone 4 8GB at a throwaway price of $49. The only thing they want in return? A 2-year contract tie up with any of the online casino canada 3 carriers that currently support it – AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. So what are you waiting for? An iPhone as good as this has never been so cheap before. Grab it before its too late!

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$15 or free bumper: iPhone 4 ‘Antennagate’ reaches climax

Hello doooey! Remember the ‘antennagate‘ fiasco which gripped the tech industry with the launch of the iPhone 4 back in 2010? Yup,  the same “you’re holding it the wrong way” phone drama that catapulted into being one of the most talked about and unwanted issue of all times. Though Apple tried their best in negating this issue with several head-to-head comparisons with other smartphones, it still couldn’t prevent a lawsuit being filed against it which alleged that “the case and antenna design led to a substantial degradation in signal quality and dropped calls when the phone is used in a normal and foreseeable fashion by users“. Apple, in all honesty, couldn’t defend its stance and had to agree to settle the issue by giving all iPhone 4 owners (US only) either a $15 compensation or one of the company’s squeaky bumper cases. Those qualified can redeem the compensation from www.iphone4settlement.com either side of Apple’s email alerts regarding the same.

Nokia Lumia 800 mercilessly beaten by iPhone 4, 4S in browser benchmark tests (video)

There was much ado about the first product coming out of the Nokia-Microsoft’s partnership, with early onlookers claiming the Lumia 800 to be faster than Apple’s iPhone. Fast forward to 2012 and the Mango-sporting device is mercilessly beaten by its iOS counterparts.

Nokia’s Mango-powered Lumia 800 was pitted against an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.3 and an iPhone 4S with iOS 5 in a browser benchmarks test, including Browsermark tests, Speed Reading test, Sunspider, Acid3, and HTML5. While the 4S had a walk in the park, the iPhone 4 had to sweat it out but in the end emerged victorious in most of the tests.

Below are the results of the test, followed by the video:

Browsermark Test: Higher is better

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 37 503

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 30 452

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 86 702

Speed Reading Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 2 fps (iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0 – around 37 fps)

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 40 fps

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 60 fps

Sunspider Test: Lower is better

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 4018.2 ms

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 7188.7 ms

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 2266 ms

Acid3 Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 100/100

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 100/100

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 100/100

HTML5 Test:

iPhone 4 (iOS 4.3) – 210

Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.5 aka Mango) – 141

iPhone 4S (iOS 5) – 296

Here’s the video (via 359gsm):

Christmas Special: Buy an iPhone and get another one absolutely free

Shortly ago, we informed you about three absolutely wonderful paid iPhone apps available for free this Christmas. While you may or may not actually need them, it doesn”t hurt to download them while they are available for free. But what if you still don”t have an iPhone yet? This Christmas, you won”t be disappointed.

Christmas fever has just begun and if you”re already late buying gifts for your loved ones, Best Buy has a special deal for you which”ll earn you two iPhones at the cost of one. You can choose to gift both of them to someone or gift one to your own self. After all, you do deserve it.

The deal is simple: buy an iPhone 4 32GB and get another one free. As is obvious, you”ll need to enter into contract with either of Verizon or AT&T, who will tie you down until Christmas of 2013.

As you might be aware, Apple had officially discontinued the 32GB variation of the iPhone 4 to divert consumers to the new iPhone 4S. Hence, in an effort to offload the available stock, Best Buy is running a two-for-one deal today that”ll let you experience the beauty of an iPhone, if you already don”t have one. So get going while the stocks last.

Also, it is worth noting that the deal does NOT apply to online purchases. So head over to a  store nearby and bring the joy of Apple home.

Developer creates Siri proxy server, says do what you want to do [NO JAILBREAK REQUIRED] (video)

We’ve seen iPhone 4S’ signature feature Siri being ported to older iPhones like 3GS and 4, and we’ve also seen Siri make its way to the iPad 2 and iPod Touch, but now, thanks to developer/hacker @plamoni, Apple’s automated personal assistant might just find its way everywhere.

What exactly the guy has done is this: he created his own proxy server on his computer and made Siri interact with this server instead of Apple’s servers (guzzoni.apple.com). He just set up a DNS server on his network and forwarded requests made to Apple’s servers to his own proxy server in his computer. With this, developers can now create custom Siri handlers for different actions with only their imagination being their limit. One such basic example is shown by the developer in a video where he sets and checks the status of a WiFi thermostat:

From the developer’s project page at Github:

..it doesn’t require the iPhone to be jailbroken. My iPhone 4S is not jailbroken. The only action I needed to take on my iPhone was to install my fake Root CA. Which you can do without jailbreaking. Everything else is done outside of the phone, so it requires no jailbreaking or code to be placed on the phone itself.

This hack just shows the potential power of Siri, and the fact that Apple hasn’t even opened it up to third-party developers yet is just proven to be even more criminal. We want to be able to fly our RC helicopters using voice, damnit!

Siri ported to iPhone 3GS, not as smooth as iPhone 4 port (video)

iPhone 4S’ most sought after feature, the ‘intelligent’ personal assistant called Siri has now been ported to the iPhone 3GS, though there are some irregularities in its functioning. Unlike the iPhone 4 port, the performance on the 3GS isn’t so smooth, thanks to some poor microphone reception. If there is any significant ambient noise, the home button needs to be clicked to stop voice input. Here’s the video:

This port was done by developer Ryan Petrich (with help from Steven Troughton-Smith and chpwn)

Siri ported to iPhone 4, iPod Touch [Jailbreak tweak] (video)

Remember, developer Steven Troughton-Smith in association with 9to5mac was trying to port the iPhone 4S’ most attractive addition, Siri to the iPhone 4? He has now successfully completed the port, details of which are below. Continue reading “Siri ported to iPhone 4, iPod Touch [Jailbreak tweak] (video)”

Presenting the first ever music video shot entirely using iPhone 4S (video)

One of the noticeable improvements of the iPhone 4S over its predecessor is its camera. Upgraded to 8 megapixel, the new shooter is also capable of kicking out 1080p video, an improvement over the already mightily impressive 720p, 5 megapixel camera in the iPhone 4. Hence, it comes as no surprise we have our first ever music video shot entirely using the iPhone 4S:

Music types, The Turnback decided to film this video for their new single, Cellophane Sky, using two shiny new iPhone 4S handsets. Filmed in full 1080p at the New York nightclub, Webster Hall, the video is believed to be the first made using the iPhone 4S.

On October 14th, 2011 we received 2 brand new iPhone 4S smart phones. On Sunday October 16th we shot the video at the famous NYC nightclub Webster Hall. Over the next several days, with little sleep and lots of coffee, the final video was finished.

This video was shot entirely using those 2 iPhone 4S’s and was edited on Final Cut Pro.

Siri for iPad 2

Apple’s new intelligent, and heavily narrow-minded, voice control system Siri, available with the iPhone 4S, has won over quite a few fans it seems. Apple introduced this personal assistant with the iPhone 4S launch in its Let’s Talk iPhone event held on October 4 and since then it has become so popular that people with older iDevices want to have it as well. This prompted a certain Steve Troughton-Smith to port Siri to the iPhone 4 (though without much success at the moment). Now, another developer Sonny Dickson is trying to port Siri to the iPad 2.

As you all already know, Siri  is a personal assistant that allows you to perform a variety of tasks on your iPhone 4S, such as setting alarms/reminders/calendar events, texting/emailing/calling someone, asking for definitions, directions and much more – using your voice alone. So understandably everyone wants to have a piece of it. But its not as easy as it sounds. Its almost impossible.

The reason why Siri wouldn’t work smoothly on the iPhone 4 (above) is because Apple servers do not accept Siri voice input to be processed if it is coming from any device except the iPhone 4S. This rendered Siri on the iPhone 4 without accepting any input. And we assume same will the case be with the iPad 2 port Mr. Dickson is working. If true, then we can only hope that there’s a workaround in place for this very soon.

Also, it must be noted that  jailbreak developer MuscleNerd has stated that porting Siri over to older, unsupported devices isn’t possible without resorting to piracy. I am not clear on how porting Siri to these devices would involve piracy, but these developers know what they are doing so we’ll have to take their word for it.

Settings > General > Siri

Via Sonny Dickson Twitter

Would you like to have Siri in your older iDevice?

Its here: iOS 5

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Apple has finally released the final consumer version of its popular mobile devices operating system, iOS 5. The update comes with a host of new features, over 200 of them, and can be downloaded right away from the iTunes Store.

iOS 5 is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, as well as both iPad 1 and iPad 2. However, some features are resource-intensive and thus only available on recent devices, with Siri exclusive to the iPhone 4S only for the time being.

As promised, Apple has also released iCloud today (and a host of other things too!).

Apple confirm a million iPhone 4S pre-orders, create a new record

Surprise, surprise! Apple has announced that over a million people have already pre-ordered the new iPhone 4S, which they unveiled just prior to the death of the mastermind of the said device – Steve Jobs. Jobs has engineered many successful products and the 4S was no different. But despite the sad demise of the iconic figure, people showed keen interest in the device.

Said Phil Schiller:

We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S. The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.

With this, Apple has broken the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by the iPhone 4.

Press Release

iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million in First 24 Hours

CUPERTINO, California—October 10, 2011—Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 4S have topped one million in a single day, surpassing the previous single day pre-order record of 600,000 held by iPhone 4. iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

“We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do.”

iPhone 4S will be available at all 245 Apple retail stores in the US beginning at 8 a.m. local time on Friday, October 14. Every customer who buys an iPhone 4S at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service, helping them customize their iPhone 4S by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store™ and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPhone before they leave the store.

iPhone 4S includes iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features, and iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. 

Pricing & Availability 
iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model.* iPhone 4S will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and select Best Buy, Target and Walmart stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4 is available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 3GS is available for free with a two year contract. 

iPhone 4S will roll out worldwide to 22 more countries by the end of October including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

*Qualified customers only. Requires a new two year rate plan, sold separately.

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