Rumor: Apple to reintroduce 8GB iPhone 4 to curb flagging India sales

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in iPhone edited April 2014
With the smartphone race heating up in emerging markets keen on low-priced handsets, Apple is supposedly poised to resurrect the 8GB iPhone 4 exclusively for Indian buyers.

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Citing unnamed sources at four of Apple's top trade partners in the region, The Economic Times reports the company will soon start sales of the 8GB iPhone 4 in its push for marketshare.

The publication further claims the India-only iPhone 4 will be priced at roughly 15,000 rupees, or $243, after factoring in buybacks and equated monthly installment (EMI) plans. This would represent a savings of 11,500 rupees, or $187, compared to the unit's original retail price from three years ago.

One issue with the rumored move is iPhone 4 supply. With the introduction of the iPhone 5s and 5c in September, Apple halted iPhone 4 production and moved the 4S into the legacy handset's entry-level sales slot. According to sources, the company may seek iPhone 4 handsets from unsold inventory around the world, though such a move would be a huge logistical undertaking.

The idea of offering low-cost solutions to get iPhones into the hands of Indian customers is not new, however. Apple and rival smartphone manufacturer Samsung locked horns in a price war last year that saw both companies hand out deep discounts to woo potential buyers.

A key Apple strategy has been EMI schemes that dull the brunt of per-handset cost by spreading payments out over multiple months. In early 2013, market research firm IDC found iPhone sales rose 400 percent over a three-month period following the institution of such plans.

No official word has been given on the rumored iPhone 4 reintroduction, but one source claims Apple's main Indian distributors, Redington and Ingram Micro, could start sales as early as next week.
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  • Reply 1 of 39
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,013member
    The iP4 design is still my favorite. Give me the iP5s internals in an iP4 gorilla glass externals and I'd be a happy camper. The aluminum is nice, but like Steve Jobs said about the iP4, it feels like a Leica. :)
  • Reply 2 of 39
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 1,051member
    Is this more cost effective than an 8gb 4S? Assuming they manufacture new units. The 4S line is still running.
  • Reply 3 of 39
    asciiascii Posts: 5,456member
    If money is so tight that you can afford a 4 but not a 4S or 5C, then maybe you shouldn't be buying expensive gadgets in the first place, but trying to build up some savings/investments.
  • Reply 4 of 39
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,013member

    Sound advice.  Now, that being said... let them buy what they want with their money... even if they can barely afford it. :/

  • Reply 5 of 39
    Apple still sell iPhone 4 in China. So not sure what's the problem with logistic. Shenzhen to Indian is 5 hrs flight (only the custom takes their time. Surely Apple could get fast track.)
  • Reply 6 of 39
    rf9rf9 Posts: 68member
    It's not about being able to afford it, it's more about the price gap between iPhone and cheaper alternatives. As it says, this is a price war with Samsung.
    The iPhone 4 is sill a darn fine phone.
  • Reply 7 of 39
    When has Apple EVER chased market share?
  • Reply 8 of 39
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    When has Apple EVER chased market share?

    They don't, but they do chase profits.
  • Reply 9 of 39
    They might as well sell plastic iP4 or even 3 in India
  • Reply 10 of 39

    With iOS 7 its a 7.4GB iPhone no?

     

    I'd be surprised actually if this is true. 16GB is minimum in my opinion with all the features available in iOS7.

    iOS 7 is such a feature rich operating system that people will take advantage of all its features.

  • Reply 11 of 39
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,320member
    If true they'd better put a lot more time into making iOS7 run well on an iP4.
  • Reply 12 of 39
    solipsismx wrote: »
    They don't, but they do chase profits.

    Correct, which was precisely my point. Apple doesn't worship at the "Church of Market Share", they preach from the pulpit of the "Church of Profit Share". If it makes sense from a profit standpoint then they'll release it but the idea that Apple will rerelease the 4 just to chase market share,as this article implies they will, is bupkis.
  • Reply 13 of 39
    If Apple can do this, and maintain its profit margins – then It should do it!

    WOT:

    IMHO, Apple should reintroduce Rosetta under Mavericks -- and allow older Intel Macs and apps to run on Mavericks.
  • Reply 14 of 39
    AI generated duplicate!
  • Reply 15 of 39
    hydrhydr Posts: 146member

    Yet another rumor of Apple chasing marketshare with low-priced models. Yeah, those always turn out to be true... :)

  • Reply 16 of 39
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Crowley View Post



    If true they'd better put a lot more time into making iOS7 run well on an iP4.

    It's reported that iOS 7.1 has greatly improved performance on the iPhone 4. 

  • Reply 17 of 39

    Curb lagging, not flagging, like the other sites reporting this?

  • Reply 18 of 39
    g-newsg-news Posts: 1,107member

    Crippling a product in the hope of gaining some marketshare by removing a 6$ piece of hardware, instead of just lowering the margin of the 16GB version by a few percent? If that?

     

    Sounds like a stupid move.

  • Reply 19 of 39
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 4,950member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ascii View Post



    If money is so tight that you can afford a 4 but not a 4S or 5C, then maybe you shouldn't be buying expensive gadgets in the first place, but trying to build up some savings/investments.

    Or they could buy a cheaper device ( like the 4) were that available?

  • Reply 20 of 39
    mknoppmknopp Posts: 257member
    Am I the only one that sees a potential problem with Apple's latest strategy?

    The iPhone 4 is the lowest model of iPhone that will run iOS7, and I have heard a handful of comments that it doesn't run it very well. Which, shouldn't be surprising since it has the, now geriatric, A4 processor in it.

    So, what does this have to do with anything? Well, it means that Apple is now selling a phone with an A4 processor, a phone and two iPad models with A5 processors, a phone model with an A6 processor, and a phone model and two iPad models with the A7. This is what they are selling right now today.

    My concern is that Apple is painting themselves into a corner where support is concerned. Android is often derided because of how badly their product is supported with updates, while Apple is often lauded for the same exact thing. This trend of Apple's though where it continues to sell hardware with a, closing on, four year old processor though is endangering that. As I see it Apple is either going to have to start crippling their updates so that it can run on half-decade old hardware, which the iPhone 4 will be by the time iOS8 comes out, or they are going to join Android in not providing updates for phones that are less than a year old.

    This also causes an issue for their ecosystem. It was somewhat acceptable for developers to stop supporting hardware when they could look at it and say, Apple quit making that three years ago, so I am not going to worry about supporting it. They can no longer do that. So, now they have to try and write software that runs well on hardware that is around an order of magnitude of difference in performance. That leads to compromises for the developers as well.

    It wasn't that big of a deal when Apple would keep last year's model around and sell at a discount, but that trend is stretching way too far now. They are setting themselves up for failure. They are setting themselves up to become just like Android, with increased fragmentation leading to more work for developers, and decreasing support lifetimes.

    This trend concerned me when Apple maintained sales of the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S last refresh cycle. And it seems to old be getting worse.
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