iPhone 4s and 5c removed in India as Apple seeks to maximise profits
Apple is no longer selling the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c in India. While the phones are past their prime, Apple has a strong brand presence in India, leading to healthy sales of older iPhones. The iPhone 4s was selling for as low as ₹12,000 ($175), in direct competition with budget Android handsets from local OEMs. The iPhone 5c, meanwhile, was available for ₹20,000 ($290).
The removal of the iPhone 4s and 5c is mostly to raise the average selling price of iPhones in India, as Apple is pushing for more profits from the country. Although the company saw vastly increased sales, a bulk of the revenue was from sales of older, heavily discounted devices.
The iPhone 5s now replaces the 4s and the 5c as the more affordable iPhone in the country, with a retail price of ₹21,499 ($315).