Apple discontinues sales of the iPhone 4 in India


iPhone 4

According to a new report from The Times of India, Apple has stopped taking orders for the iPhone 4 from Indian retailers and dealers. This indicates that the smartphone has reached its end of life status in the region after the 8GB model was recently relaunched with a price tag of Rs. 20,000 ($333).

The iPhone 4 was introduced four years ago with a 1GHz A4 chip, 512MB of RAM and a 5MP camera. It is still in Apple’s software support cycle, but performance especially with iOS 7 is not quite on par with the current crop of iPhones due to hardware limitations. Virtual voice assistant Siri is missing from the four year old iPhone as the feature it was first introduced with the iPhone 4s in 2011.

Other features like panorama mode in the camera, AirPlay mirroring and turn-by-turn navigation are also not available on the iPhone 4. So ditching it will help Apple improve customer satisfaction to a great extent

It is said that Apple has a decent buyback promotion in the region which is encouraging users to buy newer iPhones. Tim Cook had mentioned that iPhone sales have increased by 55% in the last quarter. Speaking at the company’s quarterly earnings call, he said that the iPhone 4 had barely any impact on the company’s ASP or Average Selling Price, so dropping it won’t make much of a difference.

[Via Times of India]