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iPhone SE is one of the most affordable Apple smartphones that can be purchased in India right now, and the 32GB model can now be purchased for Rs. 22,990 from Paytm’s online retail store. Additionally, Paytm is also offering a Rs. 3,000 cashback on the purchase that would effectively bring down the price of the iPhone SE to Rs. 19,990.

While the iPhone SE is usually priced on the Paytm Mall at Rs. 27,200, the company is offering a flat 15 percent discount and offering a Rs. 3,000 cashback, which can be availed by using promo code ‘PhoneSE’ after adding the product to the cart. Notably, Cash on Delivery option will not be available for those users who will be using this promo code and availing the cashback offer.

To recall, iPhone SE comes with a 4-inch Retina display (640×1136 pixels) and packs Apple’s A9 SoC. It comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button as well. Interestingly, Paytm Mall is also offering Buyback Guarantee of Rs. 9,000 on the handset.

Apart from iPhone SE, Paytm Mall is also offering cashback and flash offers on various other iPhone models ranging from iPhone 5s to iPhone 7 Plus.

Let us know in the comments down below if you will consider switching to an iPhone at this price or would prefer for the price to come down further before you make a switch. Those users who prefer Android can also share their views in the comments down below.

 

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Apple’s iPhone sales have been on a decline this year, and that trend is likely to continue next year as well. If KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, then Apple’s sales in the first and second quarter of 2017 will continue to decline, falling short of how it performed in the same quarters in 2016. Kuo blamed the second quarter decline on Apple’s decision to not refresh the iPhone SE next year.

Apple’s iPhone marks its tenth anniversary next year, and the Cupertino is keeping things minimal but significant rather than going all out. The iPhone 8 is expected to pack major upgrades; however, Kuo claims that the company will give the next version of iPhone SE a complete miss.

“Shipment volume in 2Q16 came in higher than expected thanks to upbeat demand for the iPhone SE. However, in order to keep gross margin at a high level and to avoid cannibalisation of high-end models, we do not expect Apple to launch an upgraded iPhone SE in 2Q17. Without contribution from a new model, we forecast total iPhone shipment volume will reach 35-40mn units and fall YoY in 2Q17, lower than the 40.4mn units in 2Q16,” 9to5Mac quotes Kuo as stating in his note to investors.

The analyst also notes that this decision is mostly influenced through Apple’s effort to keep the gross margin high and minimise cannibalisation of high-end flagships like the iPhone 7. While Kuo seems certain that there will be no iPhone SE refresh next year, he did not provide any clarity on when (and whether) Apple plans to update. The iPhone SE was launched in March this year, and helped Apple garner a lot of sales this year. It remains unsure what update cycle will Apple adopt for the iPhone SE range.

In any case, Kuo is not that positive on iPhone 7 sales in 2017 first quarter, claiming that the shipment volume in that time frame will be 40-50 million units, much lower than 51.2 million units that were shipped in first quarter of 2016. Most of this sales decline is attributed to the lack of demand of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

However, Kuo comes bearing some good news as well, and claims that even though the first two quarters next year are said to see a decline in sales, Apple will more than make up for it after the launch of its iPhone 8 smartphone. The smartphone, based on preliminary rumours, is expected to sport an OLED display panel, come in three variants instead of two, sport an optic fingerprint recognition technology, and have an all-glass casing.
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Apple launched its much-talked-about iPhone SE (where the SE stands for ‘special edition’) smartphone earlier this month, offering a cheaper, smaller display iPhone to users who have been asking for it ever since the iPhone 6. Although the Cupertino-based firm has revealed nothing more than the handset’s launch timeline and prices, a report now suggests that the device has already crossed over 3.4 million reservations.

The report by CNBC adds that these reservation numbers for the iPhone SE (Hands On) are not worldwide but only for China. It should be pointed out that in China the ‘reservation’ process does not include exchange of money until the actual purchase, unlike with ‘pre-orders’ where the customers have to pay before getting their hands on the device. This also means that users can reserve an iPhone SE for now but might change their minds later. Although the 3.4 million reservation number is impressive, we are yet to witness how many will actually be converted into a successful purchase.

The same report further says that out of all the reservations, the iPhone SE (Pictures) handset’s Gold colour variant has been the most popular, followed by the Rose Gold variant. The smartphone in China comes at a base price of CNY 3,288 (roughly Rs. 33,650). It will start shipping to buyers this Thursday and will be in 100 countries by May, Apple had revealed at the time of the global launch last week. The iPhone SE will be available in India starting April 8 with a price that starts at Rs. 39,000.

For specifications, the iPhone SE features the iPhone 6s’ Apple A9 SoC and M9 motion coprocessor, 12-megapixel iSight (rear) camera with 4K video support, a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime (front) camera, Bluetooth 4.2, improved Wi-Fi and LTE, new microphones, and Apple Pay support with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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Apple has “an obligation” to protect user data and privacy, chief executive Tim Cook said Monday, reaffirming his stand in a high-profile court showdown with the US government on encryption.

Cook was speaking at an Apple product unveiling at the company’s headquarters, one day before a court hearing on a hotly contested FBI effort to force the company to help break into the iPhone of a shooter involved in a deadly December attack.

“We need to decide as a nation how much power the government should have over our data and our privacy,” Cook told the crowd gathered for the event.

“We believe strongly we have an obligation to help protect your data and your privacy. We owe it to our customers. We will not shrink from this responsiblity.”

Cook’s remarks were the latest in a battle with the US government over efforts to compel Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the attackers in last year’s deadly shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California.

Apple, backed by a broad coalition of technology giants like Google, Facebook and Yahoo, argues that the FBI is seeking a “back door” into all iPhones as part of the probe into the December 2 massacre that left 14 people dead.

Because of the iPhone’s encryption, Apple contends it would need to build a weaker operating system to help the FBI crack the phone’s passcode.

The US Justice Department argues that it is making a “modest” demand that could help reveal vital evidence in a terror case.

An FBI victory could serve as a legal precedent backing requests for access to iPhones by law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

A hearing was set for Tuesday before a magistrate in a federal court in Riverside, California. Whatever the decision, the ruling is likely to get additional hearings before the region’s appeals court and possibly the US Supreme Court.

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Apple Inc on Monday unveiled a smaller, cheaper iPhone aimed at new buyers, especially in emerging markets and China, as the technology company looks to reverse a decline in worldwide sales of its most important product.

The new device, called the iPhone SE, has a 4-inch (10-cm) screen and starts at $399. It represents Apple’s second bid for the crowded mid-tier market after an unsuccessful foray three years ago. Orders start on Thursday, and the phone will be available next week.

The $399 (roughly Rs. 26,300) starting price is well below the $649 (roughly Rs. 42,800) for the current top iPhone model without a contract, which is beyond the reach of many. The new phone, with Apple’s vaunted A9 chip, is much faster than Apple’s previous attempt at an entry-level phone, launched in 2013. It also runs Apple Pay and comes in the wildly popular rose gold colour.

Analysts had said before the event that a phone priced below $450 (roughly Rs. 29,700) could be competitive with other mid-tier rivals, mostly running Google’s Android system, and make an impact in emerging markets and China, the world’s biggest buyer of smartphones.

Apple is hoping the cheaper model will stimulate overall iPhone sales, which it expects to decline this quarter for the first time since it essentially created the smartphone market nine years ago.

“There are people who want that smaller screen size,” said Bob O’Donnell of TECHnalysis Research, but he warned that it may not be a sure-fire hit.

“It’s a more attractive price point, but I don’t think it moves the needle in emerging markets,” he said. “You do a price cut when you need to drive the market a bit more.”

Apple shares fell in the afternoon and were down about $0.15 at $105.77. The stock is down 20 percent from its all-time high closing price of $133 in February 2015, as Wall Street worries that the company does not have any blockbuster products in the pipeline.

The company showed off new wristbands for the Apple Watch and a new iPad Pro tablet at Monday’s event, but it generated little excitement among investors.

“Apple is so big now that nothing seems to be earth-shaking anymore, and the strategy seems to be turning to offering complementary products like watch bands so they can maintain their sales momentum,” said Skip Aylesworth, portfolio manager of the Hennessy Technology Fund.

The more compact phone design comes after it expanded the size of the screens in its high-end iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones in 2014 to as large as 5.5 inches. That was broadly seen as an attempt to match rival Samsung Electronics with its large-screen Galaxy phones.

Before the launch at Apple’s leafy Cupertino, California headquarters, Chief Executive Tim Cook defended the company’s refusal to comply with a US court order to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in a December attack in San Bernardino, California.

Apple has a responsibility to protect customers’ data and privacy, Cook said, adding that Apple “will not shrink from that responsibility.” His statement was greeted by applause from the audience.

The tech company’s dispute with the US government has become a lightning rod for a broader debate on data privacy in the United States. The company is set to square off against the US government at a court hearing on Tuesday, likely the first round in a long legal fight to avoid being forced to decrypt the iPhone.

Apple also announced a new scheme it called ‘Liam’ to take apart old iPhones and reuse the materials.

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Apple is holding a special event on Monday, where the company is expected to showcase the 4-inch iPhone SE, a 9.7-inch iPad Pro model, and a range of new Apple Watch models alongside more accessories. A flurry of leaks related to Apple’s new iPhone has already given us a glimpse of what to expect from the launch event.

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Just ahead of the big unveil on Monday, the Apple Store has gone down – a standard practice the company maintains to update the site with the newest products soon after the launch.

An alleged retail box of the new iPhone all but confirmed the iPhone SE name and also tipped the base storage is set to continue as 16GB. The phone is also tipped to come with 4K recording. A recent video also showed the purported iPhone SE in all its glory. The design in the video mostly corroborates previous leaks. The model in the video is a Rose Gold version and is seen compared side-by-side along with the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6s. As one would expect, the model looks similar to the iPhone 6 and later models, but with the iPhone 5s dimensions.
Rumours of a 4-inch iPhone have been floating around ever since the company unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple smartphones that for the first time featured display sizes larger than 4-inches. Based on preliminary leaks, the new iPhone will look like the iPhone 5s unveiled back in 2013.

About the name of the upcoming iPhone, several earlier reports referred it as the iPhone 5se, though that wouldn’t make much sense if you question why Apple would use a name based on its 2013 iPhone model. The Cupertino-based giant is likely to launch a 4-inch iPhone dubbed as iPhone SE or special edition.

As for the price, analyst Ming Chi Kuo at KGI Securities claims the iPhone SE will be priced between $400-$500 (roughly between Rs. 27,500 and 34,500, which is lower than the off-contract retail price of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. Reports also claim that Apple might slash the official retail price of the iPhone 5s in half at the event.

The alleged new iPhone is rumoured to sport innards similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. But in terms of the design, it is expected that Apple will be inclined towards the design of the iPhone 5s, but with some noticeable changes – such as a relocated power button. The iPhone SE is said to sport its power button on the side, as opposed to on the top as seen in the iPhone 5s.

To recall, iPhone models starting with iPhone 6 have had their power key on the side. The report thus refutes a purported iPhone 5se render that suggested that the iPhone 5se will look identical to the iPhone 6, except for the 4-inch size form-factor. Further, the iPhone SE is said to have curved design. Some reports have claimed that the iPhone SE will sport a curved glass as previously seen on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s smartphones.

For specifications, the iPhone SE is expected to feature a 4-inch display and will be powered by A9 SoC and M9 coprocessor. It is also likely to feature hardware and software capability to support Live Photos, a feature that Apple introduced with iOS 9 last year. Currently only the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus support Live Photos. As for connectivity features, the iPhone SE will support 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and VoLTE, as seen on the iPhone 6s. There have been reports claiming that the iPhone SE will miss out on 3D Touch display, which is one of the most interesting features in Apple’s current flagship smartphone models.

The iPhone SE, according to reports, will have NFC chip to facilitate support for Apple Pay, the mobile payments system from Apple. It will come in Gold, Silver, and Space Grey colour options and in 16GB and 64GB inbuilt storage variants. An earlier report suggested that Apple may bring a Rose Gold option identical to the iPhone 6’s Rose Gold colour.

In other news, the much-rumoured iPhone SE will have Foxconn as well as Wistron as suppliers. A Digitimes report says that Apple has been considering separating its order to different ODMs to “avoid risks.” Wistron is said to get small portion of the 4-inch iPhone orders from Apple this year.

At the event, we are also likely to see a new iPad model. The tablet, according to a report from last week, will be very similar to the iPad Pro with same hardware innards and an Apple Pencil, save for the 9.7-inch small factor. The iPhone maker is also expected to release the WatchOS 2.2 software update, which was recently made available to developers, alongside the launch of new Apple Watch models.

In the meanwhile, there have been more details leaked about the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, including storage options and pricing. According to a report, the upcoming iPad Pro will be Apple’s first tablet featuring a 9.7-inch display whose starting price is more than $499 (approximately Rs. 33,000). The 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi only model will start at a price of $599 (approximately Rs. 40,000) and will pack 32GB of storage. The report adds that there will be a “higher-priced” 128GB model with LTE connectivity as well.
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Ever since the iPhone 6, we’ve been hearing that Apple is looking to launch a its 4-inch iPhone, now thought to be called the iPhone SE. It is also expected to launch its flagship models, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro this year. We have also witnessed leaks and rumours hinting their specifications and design.

The latest set of leaks and rumours making rounds on the Internet have now indicated that the smaller iPhone SE will come with high-resolution video recording ability. A separate leaked image shows the rumoured iPhone 7 Pro handset’s dual rear camera setup and the redesigned antennas, corroborating with the previous rumours.

Since Apple will be holding its special Spring event within a week, let us first talk about the rumoured iPhone SE. The 4-inch iPhone handset, which is said to launch on March 21 is tipped to feature 4K resolution video recording capabilities. The Cupertino-based tech firm is planning to tout the imaging prowess of the handset in an upcoming promotional video featuring 4K resolution scene shot completely with the device’s camera, a tipster told Apple Insider.

The tipster added that although it is unknown when Apple plans to showcase the promotional video, the person did see company employees filming on location in New York last week. If the rumours are any indication, it would put the camera of the 4-inch iPhone at par with others in the same segment. The alleged handset was also seen in a video recently indicating that it might sport the same design like that of the iPhone 6 and later models. However, everything is just a rumour for now until Apple confirms it on March 21.

Coming to the two flagship models, rumoured to be called the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Pro, the former smartphone’s alleged rear panel and chassis has leaked in images with one of them coming from Foxconn. Foxconn, for those unaware, is one of the major smartphone component manufacturer for Apple.

The image (seen above) from Foxconn (via Phonearena) shows the bottom half of the alleged chassis of the iPhone 7. The panel is seen with a redesigned antenna, something that has already been rumoured before. There are no horizontal antenna lines but the antenna bands are still visible running along the edges.

The second image (seen above) shows the full rear panel of the iPhone 7 Pro model. The panel is seen featuring a dual rear camera setup as rumoured previously, along with the redesigned antenna lines like mentioned above for the iPhone 7. The dual cameras are seen placed together inside a slightly raised capsule-like casing. Also visible is a three-dot smart connector at the bottom, which we last saw with iPad Pro tablet for connecting the Smart Keyboard. Unfortunately, the image does not show if there will be a 3.5mm headphone jack or not.

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