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Apple officially rejects iPhone 5 India launch rumours: Report
Apple India has officially rejected rumours that the iPhone 5 is going to be launched in India on October 26. The folks at IBTimes India have contacted an Apple official, who confirmed that the company has no plans to launch the iPhone 5 in the country 'anytime soon'.
"We have no announcements at the moment on a launch (iPhone 5) or price in India. All reports currently (doing the rounds) are purely media speculation," PR Manager, Apple India told IBTimes.
Rumours about the iPhone 5 were triggered after BGR India citing 'multiple sources' claimed the device is going to hit the Indian shores on the last Friday of this month, which happens to be October 26. The tech site further claimed that Apple will taking care of the distribution of the iPhone 5 own, instead of teaming with the Indian cellular operators.
According to reports, the iPhone 5 will bear pricing similar or higher to the iPhone 4S (Rs. 44,500 for the 16GB model), when it launched it in India last year. Pricedeckho.com reports that the iPhone 5 will be priced at Rs. 62,990 approximately, without revealing the variant.
Apple has already reduced prices of its iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 – a move considered as a preparation for the launch of the iPhone 5.
It's notable that the Apple iPhone 5 is already available in various market, but India has once again been excluded from the initial launch schedule of the device. The device, however, is selling briskly in the grey market and via online sites such as E-bay. But sellers are charging a hefty premium for the iPhone 5, with prices going up to Rs. 1,00,000 for the 64GB variant.
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