Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5, which is being launched in phases across the world, is expected to be launched in India on October 26, according to a report by BGR India, which cited multiple sources for its story.
Launches of the previous iPhones in India have not been attended with the kind fanfare and hoopla usually seen in other countries. A major reason for this is the pricing, which stops it from making it a popular product.
However, this time around, Apple is expected to make the iPhone 5 more widely available compared to the earlier phones from its stable.
BGR India said that the phone will be distributed by Apple directly rather than through its network carrier partners, which has been the practice so far.
India is not a major market focus for the company, which is looking more at China to propel sales and where it is keen to make deeper inroads.
Apple's iPads are the among the top selling tablet PCs in China. The iPhone 5 is expected to debut in China in December, in a tie-up with local carrier China Unicom.
In just two weeks of its release, the Apple iPhone has already been released in 31 countries, the fastest that the company has rolled out its products.
By the end of the year the company aims to have covered 100 countries with about 240 carriers.