“The iPad is finally here in India, after an Year, but it’s here”
It’s the eve of 28th January 2011, the day Apple launches it’s Magical iPad in India , nearly 10 months after the United States launch and 6 months after South East Asia launch. For all the Apple fans, it was yet another long wait after a very long wait for iPhone 3GS.
Apple bashers always use this delay as an arsenal gifted to them by God. Apple fans too have been resentful in these delays.
A Question that arises “Is Apple not seriously taking the Indian market, can’t they see our big swelling middle class whom everybody is wooing?”
There is a different angle to this story, and that angle is our Telecom Policy. 3G services launch in India has been delayed for months and years firstly Army did not want to give away the spectrum they held (or so we are told) and then there was no agreement on how to sell the spectrum finally it was a long bidding process (which is anyway covered with a lot of controversies as we speak) . When the winners amongst the bidders were finally announced in May 2010, everybody expected the 3G launch by Diwali, the consumers were eagerly looking forward to it, for the providers it made business sense, but that hope went up in flames, like the crackers burstin on a warm Diwali night.
In December when every thing seemed perfect for launch, new issue was the interception (tapping) of Video calls, operators were asked to hold on their 3G launches, even today 3G is still a difficult challenge for us geeks to get working, an aam admi, is still far behind on getting 3G Access.
Now imagine this from Apple’s prospective, iPhones and iPad have been based on utilization of 3G speeds. Imagine what would they ask people to put in their 3G sim slot of iPad.
Advertisements for iPhone showed talking and browsing simultaneously using 3G, although we can do it with WiFi but on a GPRS a far fetched dream only.
Last time when I had to wait for a Mac launch in India was New Mac Mini, since then Apple Mac Products have been quick to arrive, almost matching their international launch. The MacBook Air was the fastest.
Apple has always followed the layered launch for Gadgets thats are expected to be in huge demand. iPhone 4 was first released in USA,UK, Germany, France & Japan second round of release included 18 countries including Canada, Singapore, Korea, and most of Europe. It will be our infrastructure (IT) and the demand which will decide which league of nation we are in.
If Apple thinks Indian market is good for Macs then definitely their thoughts cant be different for iPads and iPhones.
After all it is evident from the pricing that Apple has come out for the Indian Market, if I were to import it legally at the current US$ Pricing, I would end up paying the same price, if I may, a Sample calculation
16GB Wifi Model @ US$ 499 + Taxes + Shipping and Handling
Assuming Taxes + S&H amount to another 51$, we are looking at a Price of 550US$ for the 16 GB Version
At today’s US$ to INR Exchange Rate of 45.67 at the time of writing this article, the 16GB Version without (Courier charges to India, and Indian Custom Duty) will cost you Rs. 25,118.50, at a Price of Rs. 27,900 Tax Paid in India, I don’t think it’s a Bad deal.
To see the Indian Store Prices for the iPad in India, check out The Apple Website
In the mean time may I wish everyone A Happy Ipad Day (28th Jan)
The above article was written by a Great friend of mine, @maninderpals.