In a surprise move, Apple has reintroduced the iPhone 4 16GB model in India for Rs. 31,800. Multiple sources have confirmed the move to NDTV Gadgets.
When the iPhone 5 was launched in India, the prices of all iPhone 4S variants were slashed and only the iPhone 4 8GB variant was available, in line with Apple policy in other markets. However, Apple has now decided to reintroduce the 16GB variant of the phone and indeed it has already been listed on some online retailers.
The phone is expected to be available across the country shortly, with supplies already on their way to retailers. iPhone 4 will be available in both Black and White colour variants, as before.
The move is certainly an interesting one on the company's part, as the 16GB variant of the iPhone 4 is not officially available in any other major markets that we know of. Whether this means end-of-life for the 8GB variant and/ or if Apple will introduce the 16GB iPhone 4 variant in other markets as well is not clear at this stage.
The 8GB iPhone 4 is available at a MRP for Rs. 26,500, though it's usually available at a lower price in the market. The phone did some brisk business in the recent month, thanks largely to the cash back and exchange offers that Apple was running, which brought the effective price below Rs. 20,000.
It is expected Apple will run similar offers on the 16GB iPhone 4, otherwise a phone that will be exactly three years old next week is unlikely to find many takers carrying a price tag in excess of Rs. 30,000.