Apple India gives iPhone 5S an 'official' price cut

NEW DELHI: Apple fans are rejoicing at the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the big-screen smartphones that the company unveiled earlier this week. But even though the two new models enjoy the limelight, last year's flagship smartphone, iPhone 5S, remains a part of Apple's portfolio.

The Cupertino, California-based company had said that the 16GB and 32GB variants of iPhone 5S will remain available in the market, along with iPhone 5C 8GB. However, there was no word on the revised prices of the these models at the event.

Now, Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom has tweeted that Apple has given an official price cut to the two iPhone 5S variants ahead of the India launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to the tweet, iPhone 5S 16GB will now cost Rs 44,500, down from Rs 53,500. Similarly, iPhone 5S 32GB's official price has come down from Rs 62,500 to Rs 49,500.

However, buyers can purchase the base variant of iPhone 5S online for much less. Online retailer is selling iPhone 5S 16GB for Rs 34,999, while the same model costs Rs 36,000 on Flipkart.

On the other hand, the 32GB variant costs around Rs 56,000 online; it is expected that this official price cut will bring down the price of this model as well.

There is no word whether or not Apple will start a buyback offer for iPhone 5S, like it did for iPhone 5C earlier this year. However, the 8GB iPhone 5C can be purchased for Rs 22,500 via online retailers without the buyback offer.

Apple on September 9 posted on its India website that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be launched in the country on September 26, later changing the date to October 17. However, it then removed the launch date from the India website altogether and has also not given an official statement regarding the rollout of the new iPhones in the country.

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