iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max pre-orders open in India; iOS 13 and watchOS 6 released
The iPhone 11 series was unveiled by Apple at its Cupertino headquarters earlier this month, with the company then announcing the iPhone 11 (Review), iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max (Review) would go on sale in India on September 27. The Apple Watch Series 5, which was launched alongside, will also go on sale in the country on the same day. This week, pre-orders for all three iPhone models and the new Apple smartwatch began in India on September 20 – which also happens to be the date the devices went on sale in the first wave of launch countries.
The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are now up for pre-orders via Airtel, Amazon India, Flipkart, and Paytm Mall, apart from via offline retailers in the country. The iPhone 11 64GB price in India is Rs. 64,900, the 128GB model is priced at Rs. 69,900, while the 256GB model is priced at Rs. 79,900. The iPhone 11 Pro price in India starts from Rs. 99,900 for the 64GB model, going up to Rs. 1,13,900 for the 256GB model, and Rs. 1,31,900 for the 512GB model .The iPhone 11 Pro Max price starts at Rs. 1,09,900 for the 64GB model, going up to Rs. 1,23,900 for the 256GB model, and Rs. 1,41,900 for the 512GB model.
In terms of pre-order offers, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models get a Rs. 6,000 instant discount when purchased using HDFC Bank credit and debit cards, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max get Rs. 7,000 discount on the same cards. The Apple Watch Series 5 gets a Rs. 4,000 instant discount on the same cards. At offline stores, the same offers apply – except instead of instant discount pre-order customers will get cashbacks of the same amounts. Notably, HDFC is running an additional offer for select credit cards where those who pre-order also get 10x reward points, which results in the iPhone 11 64GB model being available at an effective price of just Rs. 39,300.
As for the Apple Watch Series 5 pricing, the 40mm GPS variant is priced starting at Rs. 40,900, while the 44mm GPS model is priced at starting Rs. 43,900. As for the GPS+Cellular models, the 40mm variant is priced starting at Rs. 49,900 while the 44mm variant is priced starting at Rs. 52,900. This week also saw the release of watchOS 6, and it has been released for the Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 models, while the older Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 models will only get their updates this fall.
Alongside watchOS 6, Apple also released the iOS 13 operating system for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, and the seventh-generation iPod touch. There are plenty of new features that iOS 13 brings, such as system-wide dark mode, a performance boost, new editing tools in the Photos app, new privacy features, a new app to find missing devices and track loved ones, as well as a new voice for Siri, to name a few.
However, all was not well on the iOS 13 front – at least for gamers. PUBG Mobile and Fortnite players are complaining of the operating system bringing up its new enhanced text editing toolbar in-game. The toolbar is meant to be triggered by a three-finger tap-and-hold gesture – but not while playing a game. iOS 13.1, which will release nearly a week earlier than previously announced on September 24, should bring a fix for the issue, those on the public beta reveal.