Apple Launches Its First Smartwatch In India Next Week
Apple Watch Coming To India Next Week
According to a report by The Economic Times, the Apple Watch will make its India debut next week. It cites four senior trade officials as source to inform that in a closed-door meeting with its key trade partners, Apple indicated its intention to advance the launch of Apple Watch and triple sales of the new iPhones during the crucial October-December period. It’s expected that the watch will be priced in the Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 bracket.
This implies that Apple Watch will be introduced ahead of the festive Navratari period which starts in October.
Apple Watch originally went on sale in April in nine select markets with prices starting at $349 (Rs 23,000 approximately) and going above a whopping $17,000 for the gold model. Apple has been introducing the watch in new markets in a phased manner.
The Apple Watch is available in two sizes (38 and 42 mm) and three variants: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition and Apple Watch Sport. The first two come with sapphire crystal to protect the screen from cracking, whereas the sports version has a strengthened Ion-X glass on the display.
Earlier this week, Apple announced two new finishes for the anodized aluminium Sport edition, namely rose gold and gold. Apple also introduced new colours of fluoroelastomer Sport bands including lavender, antique white, stone, and midnight blue colours. Apple also released leather band options for stainless steel model and a special red coloured RED sport band (part of the sales go to AIDS research).
Apple CEO Tim Cook had said that the new options would be available in all 24 markets where the Apple Watch is sold.
Apple Watch will compete with Motorola’s Moto 360 second-generation and Samsung’s new Gear S2 watches which are expected to debut in India shortly.