Poor demand for Apple iPhone 6 Plus in India due to #BendGate issue

Apple iPhone 6 Plus, a smartphone priced at Rs 62,500 for the 16GB model, is witnessing poor demand in India due to bending issues reported earlier.

Interestingly, Apple users are yet to report any bending issues till today. Earlier, Apple said it received at least nine complaints relating to poor quality of iPhone 6 Plus and bending issues.

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Few smartphone users told GizmoLead.com that Apple iPhone 6 Plus, which measures 5.5 inches, in not in their main target due to bending related issues.

The price is also a concern for some users. Apple has priced the 16GB model of Apple iPhone 6 Plus at Rs 62,500 and 64GB version at Rs 71,500, while 128GB version is available for a price of Rs 80,500.

In fact, availability of Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung Note 4 or BlackBerry Passport are not eating into the demand for Apple devices because Apple has a consistent fan base here.

iPhone 6 Plus

India is yet to become a top smartphone market for Apple, which will be announcing its financial result on Monday. Demand for its latest smartphones in India is totally different from the reactions in China.

Recently, Chinese e-commerce firm JD .com said it had taken 9.5 million pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as of Thursday. On the other hand, Apple imported around 50,000 units of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into India to address the initial booking during the festival season.

Apple is not in the top five positions in the Indian smartphone market.

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In China, Apple is trying to climb from the current sixth place, competing against cheaper phones using the Android operating system. The smartphone market share of Apple is 6.9 percent, said Analysys International. Apple is far behind leader Samsung of South Korea, which has 15.4 percent, in China.

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Price is not a huge concern for Chinese smartphone buyers. Apple is selling the iPhone 6 with 16 GB of memory for $867 in China, while the same model is available for $726 in neighboring Hong Kong. The iPhone 6 Plus with 128 GB memory sells for $1,277 in China.

Meanwhile, some of the analyst reports said Apple is expected to report sales of $40 billion for the quarter ended in September against $37.5 billion in revenue in the year-ago quarter. The company has forecast sales for the quarter of between $37 billion and $40 billion.

Some international media reports said Apple’s new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 tablets will garner attention when the company forecasts revenue for its fiscal first-quarter, which includes the Christmas and holiday shopping seasons.

Baburajan K
editor@gizmolead.com

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