Apple's iPhone 5 dials in

Apple's iPhone 5 dials in

 Airtel on Friday launched the iPhone 5 in India making the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models available. The 16 GB has been priced at Rs 45,500, the 32 GB at Rs 52,500 and the 64 GB version at Rs 59,500.

Airtel announced special data packages for the latest iPhone version and has described the phone as being "in high demand” in India.

“We’re launching it at a time when more youngsters use smartphones to access data. The concept of phone has transformed from voice to a data device. iPhone 5 will offer customers an unparalleled experience which will make them use it for data access,” said Airtel CEO for Karnataka circle Rohit Malhotra, while talking to the media on the sidelines of the launch event in Bangalore on Friday evening.

According to reports, customers who have made pre-bookings will receive the phone in five to seven days. Only the 'Black & Slate' model of the phone will be available for now and not the 'White & Silver' version. Asked if the data experience would be the same, given that iPhone 5 is tailormade for LTE (Long-Term Evolution or 4G) networks, Malhotra claimed that speeds on the existing 3G networks of the carrier would give customers a “wow” experience.

“We’re yet to have LTE in India, but the existing 3G networks can give users an equally good experience,” he said.

The phone is compatible with Airtel’s HSPA and DC-HSPA networks.
Two months after the original launch of the phone, Indian customers will be getting a feel of the iPhone 5, which comes with a four-inch multi-touch retina display, and is 18 per cent thinner and 20 per cent lighter than the iPhone 4S, shipping with Apple’s own dual-core A6 chipset.

The phone has also been described as the thinnest and the most slick with aluminium design. It is the first Apple smartphone with a 4-inch screen that features the high-speed LTE network.

The IOS 6 operating system has been deeply integrated with Facebook and has its own mapping application, Apple Maps, a source of widespread dissatisfaction for Apple customers that forced a public apology from Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Besides Airtel and Aircel, the carrier partners for the phone, iPhone 5 is also been made available through retailers. According to CMR data, during January-June 2012, total India shipments of mobile handsets was recorded at 102.43 million units and shipments of smartphones were 5.5 million units in the same period.

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