Apple stopped selling the iPhone X, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE in the US right after it launched the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max last year. The Cupertino company has now announced that it is shutting down the shipments of all of its low-priced iPhones.
Launched in early 2016, the iPhone SE came to India for a starting price of Rs 39,000. The device featured a 4-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1136x640 pixels and 326 ppi density. The iPhone SE is powered by an Apple A9 14nm chipset and came with iOS 9 and has since been upgraded to iOS 12. The device was backed by a 1624mAh battery. The iPhone SE featured a single 12MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 1.2MP shooter on the front for selfies.
Released in September 2014, the iPhone 6 featured a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. The device came with the Apple A8 (20 nm) chipset, 1810mAh battery and ran on iOS 8 but was upgraded to iOS 12. The iPhone 6 featured a single 8MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 1.2MP front camera.
iPhone 6 Plus
Introduced alongside the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus came with a bigger 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with an FHD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and 401 ppi density. The device was, however, powered by the same Apple A8 (20 nm) as its smaller sibling but was backed up by a 2915mAh battery. The iPhone 6 Plus came with a single 8MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 1.2MP front camera.
iPhone 6s Plus
Introduced in September 2015, the iPhone 6s Plus was powered by an Apple A9 (14 nm) processor 2GB RAM and up to 128GB storage. The device featured a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and 401 ppi density. It initially ran on iOS 9 but has since been updated to iOS 12.3. The iPhone 6s Plus equipped a 12MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 5MP selfie camera on the front.
The result of the latest development is that users will now have to pay Rs 8,000 more to buy the cheapest available iPhone which is the iPhone 6s that sells for Rs 29,500. Prior to this, the iPhone SE was being sold in India for a little over Rs 21,000.
Why is Apple discontinuing low-end iPhones?
The latest move by Apple comes after it was reported that India-made iPhone XR and iPhone XS will start selling in the country from August. This will be a driving factor in reducing the prices of iPhones in India as Apple tries to push its sales in the second-largest smartphone market in the world. The company currently hold a market share of just 1 per cent in India.
Apple’s production partner, Foxconn started conducting production trials for new iPhones in India in April with mass production planned sometime this month.