The iPhone 13 series was launched earlier this week at Apple’s ‘California Streaming’ event. Unsurprisingly, the new series brings the same lineup of four models that Apple introduced last year. It includes the iPhone 13 as the regular model – alongside the iPhone 13 mini as the smallest option and the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max as the two premium versions. And predictably, too, they haven’t changed much. In addition to the iPhone 13 series, the Apple event also brought the Apple Watch Series 7, the new iPad, and the new iPad mini.
On this week’s Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora speaks with review editor Jamshed Avari and IDC India Research Director Navkendar Singh to discuss the iPhone 13 series and the other key announcements from the Apple event.
So far, as expected. With the arrival of the new iPhone models, Apple has lowered the prices of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 11 in the country. The iPhone 13 price in India is identical to the iPhone 12 launch price – starting at Rs. 79,900 for the iPhone 13 and Rs. 69,900 for the iPhone 13 mini. The steep Rs. 14,000 cut for iPhone 12 could turn heads, especially during the festive sales season.
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Apple has also included India in the first wave of markets where the new iPhone models are launched for the first time. All four iPhone 13 variants are already available for pre-order. They will be in the hands of buyers starting Friday, September 24, along with the US and other major iPhone territories.
The iPhone 13 series will undoubtedly attract Apple fans in India who look forward to the latest and greatest iPhone every year. Many customers looking to upgrade to a new iPhone may be better suited to their predecessors, such as the iPhone 12 or iPhone 11. The iPhone 12 has also become a particularly strong competitor to the iPhone 13 mini, priced at Rs. 65,900 for the base 64 GB version.
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In addition to the new iPhone models, Apple has unveiled a major upgrade for the iPad mini. The new 2021 model comes without a physical home button and resembles the recent iPad Air and iPad Pro. It is also powered by the A15 Bionic chip available on the iPhone 13 series.
However, the expectation is that the new iPad mini will mainly aim at specific use cases and at people looking for a tablet to use vertically. That’s because, thanks to the new features, the all-new iPad mini price in India starts at Rs. 46,900, or as much as Rs. 16,000 higher than the price of the new iPad. The latter should suit most families – plus, it offers a larger 10.2-inch screen over the 8.3-inch, although the latter is arguably better, as the Liquid Retina display has a higher pixel density, Which looks a little sharper.
The new iPad, on the other hand, comes with the A13 Bionic chip that first shipped with the 2019 iPhone 11. While the iPad mini is compatible with the second-generation Apple Pencil, the ninth-generation iPad is consistent with the first-generation Apple pencil.
Apple also gave us the Apple Watch Series 7 at its virtual event, although it didn’t give us many details. That’s because it hasn’t gone on sale yet and will be out later this year. The Apple Watch Series 7 starts at Rs. $399 (about Rs. 29,300). However, we are yet to see the Indian prices of the new Apple Watch. The previous version, the Apple Watch Series 6, also started at $399 in the US and came to India with a starting price of Rs. 40,900 last year.
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