Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are officially available in India. A month after its global launch, Apple had made iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus available in India via authorised resellers.
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Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now comes in three storage variants – 32GB, 128GB, 256GB and five colour variants. Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in silver, gold and rose gold like year, but there is also two new colours – black and jet black – being introduced for the first time. While the black finish can be described as matte black with subtle looks, the new Jet Black looks stunning and is prone to scratch and fingerprints. Yeah, even Apple recommends getting a cover for the Jet Black model.
Apple iPhone 7 starts at Rs 60,000 while the larger iPhone 7 Plus starts at 72,000 like last year. Apple is offering the Black and Jet Black colour finishes only on the 128GB and 256GB storage models. Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays like their predecessors but offer 25 per cent more brightness.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by new A10 Fusion chipset coupled with 2GB and 3GB RAM respectively. Apple iPhone 7 gets a new 12MP six element lens image sensor with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilisation.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus gets a dual rear camera setup with one 12MP wide angle lens and another 12MP telephoto lens. Apple iPhone 7 Plus with its telephoto lens makes optical zoom on mobile a reality. Apple has also improved the battery on both the modes, with iPhone 7 jumping to a 1,960mAh battery and iPhone 7 Plus getting a 2,900mAh battery.
Now that Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are officially available from authorised resellers, telecom companies are trying to score a big win as well. Airtel and Reliance Jio have new 4G data offers in an attempt to lure iPhone 7 buyers on to their mobile network.
Reliance Jio is offering additional 12 months of Jio Digital Services complementary with purchase of all iPhone models. Reliance Jio says the offer is not limited to just limited to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus but also extends to iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone SE. In a statement, Reliance Jio says, “This offer will be available for new iPhone purchases across all Reliance Digital stores and select Apple Premium Resellers (APR) and Apple Authorized Resellers (AAR).”
Apple iPhones are already eligible for Reliance Jio’s ‘Free Welcome Offer’ which gives free data and voice calls till December 31, 2016. After that period, Reliance Jio says iPhone users will be migrated to a 12 month complementary service under company’s Rs 1,499 plan. The plan offers unlimited free local and STD voice calls. The pack gives 20GB 4G data and unlimited data at night.
“Today’s announcement brings together India’s best premium 4G network with the incredible iPhone experience,” said Mathew Oommen, President of Jio. “Jio is India’s 4G-only network, providing high-speed internet across India. The true power of iPhones can now be experienced by all Indian iPhone users on the Jio network.”
The pack also gives access to 40GB data usage over JioNet Hotspot and subscription to Jio Apps. Reliance says the whole complimentary package translates to a saving of Rs 18,000.
With Airtel, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users can avail 10GB free 4G/3G data per month for one year with any Airtel Infinity Postpaid plan. Airtel says the free data benefit will be over and above the plan benefits.
“We are delighted to roll out this exciting data offer for our users to allow them to get the most out of the amazing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus,” said Ajai Puri, Director Operations (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel. “Customers can now enjoy the latest iPhone on India’s leading mobile broadband network with bundles of data and unlimited voice calling with our Infinity plans.”
Airtel notes that over the duration of one year, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users can get 120GB additional 4G/3G data. Airtel’s Infinity plan starts at Rs 949 with 1GB data.