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iPhone 6 to hit Indian shores on October 17, officially that is...

The new smartphones from Apple -- iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- will be available in India stores from October 17, about a week before Diwali 

A day after Apple officially launched the long-awaited iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's India website announced the date of the latest versions of the smartphones being made available in the country.

While both handsets will be available in the US, Canada, the UK and six other countries from September 19, with their pre-booking starting from September 12, Indians will be able to buy the new iPhones from October 17. There is, however, no clarity about the prices for the Indian market.

Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6
Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday in Cupertino, California. Pic/AFP

Interestingly, October 17 is a revised date with the company having earlier mentioned September 26 as the date when the devices would be made available in the India market.

The iPhone 6 starts at $649 (almost Rs. 39,500) in the US for the unlocked variant, while the iPhone 6 Plus price begins with $749 (Rs 45,500 approximately.). However, the devices are likely to be priced a little more when they officially reach India.

The launch date means the new smartphones will be available in time for Diwali.

Specifications

The iPhone 6 comes with a bigger 4.7-inch (1334×750 pixels) display, while the Plus variant offers a bigger 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) display. Both are powered by the 64-bit A8 processor, and comes with different storage options: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. There’s a 8MP iSight camera on board with optical image stabilization (limited to the iPhone 6 Plus), a Motion M8 processor for fitness tracking, improved battery time, a faster 802.11ac wiFi, NFC, and Apple Pay, and they’ll run iOS 8 out of the box.

The battery on the iPhone 6 can survive up to 14 hours, while the bigger iPhone 6 Plus’ battery can easily last for more than 24 hours. On the connectivity front, the new iPhones support up to 20 LTE bands with speeds going up to 150 Mbps, faster Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC.

The iPhones are also thinner than before, with the iPhone 6 measuring 6.8mm and the iPhone 6 Plus measuring 7.1mm.

Connectivity: 150 Mbps (Network). NFC (Near Field Communication) for "Apple Pay".
Wi-Fi: 802.11 AC (3x faster than 5s), and Wi-Fi Calling
OS: IOS 8
Storage: 16gb, 64gb and 128gb versions available.
Weight: 129g
Sensors: Barometer, three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor.

iPhone 6 Plus Specs:
Dimensions: 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm
Processor: A8 64 bit (2billion transistors) 50x faster than original iPhone
Display: 5.5"
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Pixels Per Inch: 401
Camera: isight Camera - 8MP True Tone Flash, Phase Detection autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation
Video Camera: 1080p (30fps and 60fps) and Slow Motion 240fps
Battery Life: 80 Hours Audio, 14 Hours Video
Connectivity: 150Mbps (Network). NFC (Near Field Communication) for "Apple Pay".
Wi-Fi: 802.11 AC (3x faster than 5s), and Wi-Fi Calling
OS: IOS 8
Storage: 16gb, 64gb and 128gb versions available.
Weight: 172 g
Sensors: Barometer, three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor.

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