Should Apple ever release a budget iPhone?

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Could a budget iPhone help Apple's smartphone business?
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Friday-Night-Fights-bug-2Speculation surrounding a “budget” iPhone died out when Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller promised it would never happen. But with iPhone 6s demand allegedly falling and the global smartphone market becoming increasingly saturated, could a more affordable phone give Apple a security net? Could it prevent the iPhone business from stagnating in the same way the iPad business has?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight between Cult of Android and Cult of Mac as we bicker like children over these questions and more!

Price cuts pay off: Apple hits all-time high in India

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Apple is taking a bigger bite into India.
Apple is taking a bigger bite into India.
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Apple posted record sales in India during the final quarter of 2015, positive financial news for Cupertino amid forecasters predicting a rough start to the new year.

Apple shipped a record 800,000 devices to India from October through December, a record spurred by a wider distribution base, discounts, buybacks and installment plans.

India may be about to get its own Apple Stores

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The closest thing India currently has to an Apple Store.
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With the Chinese economy slowing, Apple’s got another heavily-populated country in its sights — with Apple India filing an application to open official Apple Stores with the country’s department of industrial policy and promotion.

“We have just received Apple’s proposal. We are examining it,” said India’s DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant.

Apple slashes iPhone 6s prices in India after disappointing sales

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Apple is trying to get the iPhone 6s into more people's hands in India.
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Apple has slashed the price of the iPhone 6s in India, reportedly after lower than expected sales over Diwali.

The handsets are now at least 16 percent cheaper than when they first launched two months ago — with the the basic 16GB iPhone 6s now costing between Rs 52,000 and Rs 55,000 ($785 – $830), down from the Rs 62,000 ($935) launch price. Many retailers are additionally offering other incentives to try and get customers to buy.

iPad Pro will touch down in India next week

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The iPad Pro could be a valuable tool for helping grow Apple's enterprise business in India.
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The iPad Pro is set to launch in India next week, amidst a massive push on Apple’s part to grow its enterprise business in the populous country — with plans for this to eventually account for 15-20 percent of Apple revenue.

Pricing for Apple’s super-sized tablet will begin at Rs 67,990 ($1,018), compared with $799 in the United States.