iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB variant have been discontinued in India, Gadgets 360 has learnt. Apple will only offer the iPhone 8 Plus 128GB model going forward, and iPhone 8 as well as iPhone 8 Plus 64GB model stocks will no longer be replenished. The consumers will only be able to buy the discontinued iPhone models until the current stocks with e-retailers and brick-and-mortar stores last. The iPhone 7, on the other hand, is still listed on the Apple website and is likely to remain available alongside the 128GB model of iPhone 8 Plus.
The portfolio revision from Apple comes after the launch of iPhone SE (2020) that was unveiled earlier this month as the new affordable iPhone model. As mentioned, Apple no longer plans to bring new stock for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus 64GB model in the country. The company has also seemingly updated its website that is only showing the price of the 128GB model of iPhone 8 Plus.
iPhone SE (2020), which is expected go on sale in the country sometime after the lockdown lifts, is priced starting at Rs. 42,500 and comes with almost the same specifications as the iPhone 8, barring upgrades in a few departments. iPhone 8 Plus 128GB model, on the other hand, currently retails at Rs. 58,600.
In addition to iPhone SE (2020), iPhone 8 Plus 128GB model, iPhone 11 series, and iPhone X series, Apple will also continue to sell the iPhone 7. The prices of the iPhone 7 continue to be listed on the Apple website, and the phone retails at Rs. 31,500 for the 32GB model and Rs. 36,800 for the 128GB model.
Given that the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE (2020) have almost identical specifications, this discontinuation makes a lot of sense. However, the logic behind discontinuing the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB option is not known. In any case, the new iPhone SE (2020) comes packed with the latest A13 Bionic chip, a single 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with Portrait mode, and IP67 certification.
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