23rd September 2020: Apple finally launched its Online Store in India, thus bringing a range of attractive Apple-only features for the Indian consumers. Now that the Apple Online Store is finally here in India, we are going to take a look at how exactly it’s different from the existing Apple retail and what are the other perks and offers you get if you shop from the Apple Online Store.
Here’s an overview:
Unlike other e-commerce websites currently in India that will allow you to talk to an agent only after you place an order, Apple Specialists will help you decide which product to purchase according to your needs. For instance, you might want to get yourself a new MacBook but after browsing through all the available options, you are very confused. With Apple Online Store, there’s an Apple Specialist to help you decide your purchase and answer your other questions instantly!
You can also get one-to-one personal sessions with Apple Specialists while buying certain Apple products.
Flipkart and Amazon both have their own exchange programs in place. But now, you can do that on Apple Online Store as well. If you have an iPhone, or maybe a Samsung or OnePlus phone, you are eligible for a credit against your device. Here’s a detailed overview of up to how much credit you can get for each device.
|iPhone XS Max||Up to ₹35,000|
|iPhone XS||Up to ₹34,000|
|iPhone XR||Up to ₹24,000|
|iPhone X||Up to ₹28,000|
|iPhone 8 Plus||Up to ₹21,000|
|iPhone 8||Up to ₹17,000|
|iPhone 7 Plus||Up to ₹17,000|
|iPhone 7||Up to ₹12,000|
|iPhone 6s Plus||Up to ₹9,000|
|iPhone 6s||Up to ₹8,000|
|iPhone 6 Plus||Up to ₹8,000|
|iPhone 6||Up to ₹6,000|
|iPhone SE (1st generation)||Up to ₹5,000|
|iPhone 5s||Up to ₹3,000|
|Samsung Galaxy S10||Up to ₹23,020|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus||Up to ₹29,765|
|Samsung Galaxy S10e||Up to ₹19,650|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus||Up to ₹36,230|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10||Up to ₹27,175|
|Samsung Galaxy S9||Up to ₹13,140|
|Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus||Up to ₹13,020|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 9||Up to ₹18,395|
|Samsung Galaxy A51||Up to ₹11,545|
|Samsung Galaxy A71||Up to ₹13,975|
|Samsung Galaxy A70||Up to ₹9,710|
|Samsung Galaxy A70s||Up to ₹10,565|
|Samsung Galaxy A80||Up to ₹11,310|
|OnePlus 7||Up to ₹15,655|
|OnePlus 7T||Up to ₹19,170|
|OnePlus 6T||Up to ₹14,850|
Apple asks you to put the Serial number or IMEI code of your device while purchasing a new device. It will also ask whether the condition of your old device is okay or not.
Previously, you did not have much control over configurations for your Mac. Now, you can do things like adding more memory (RAM), additional storage, or perhaps an extra-powerful graphics card. There are also options to add customizations such as engravings to your iPad, AirPods, and other gadgets coming later this year. Wait for it.
Apple Care+ was earlier just limited to Apple-authorized retailers only. But now it is available on Apple Online Store as well. You can get 2 years of extended technical support and accidental damage cover. This is in addition to the standard warranty that comes with your Apple device. We advise you to get Apple Care+ if you are getting a new iPhone, iPad, or a Mac device since if there’s an accident, these products are very expensive to repair.
Last year, I replaced the battery of my iPhone 7 from an authorized Apple service center that cost me around ₹8,000. The replacement of my shattered display was quoted ₹15,000 that forced me to get a non-official one (which is working just fine, in case you wanted to know).
If I had Apple Care+, all these things would have cost me a little less.
Apple Online Store offers you a bunch of ways you can pay for the products you’re buying. Of course, you can pay an upfront payment in full, or you can pay using monthly with EMI, or even No Cost EMI. There are also cashback offers on various banks.
Right now, there’s an offer with HDFC bank that will give you 6% cashback.
Get up to 6% cashback (up to ₹10,000) on all orders over ₹20,900
- Cashback amount deposited to your bank account in 5 to 7 days.
- Available for HDFC Bank Credit Cards & Credit Card EMI.
- Maximum of 1 order per card.
- Maximum cashback ₹10,000.
- Offer ends 16th October 2020.
- Terms apply. Learn more
(Via Apple Online Store)
Apple Education Store & Student Discount:
Apple for Education allows university students to get an iPad or a Mac with discounts. Apple says that it will give your discounts up to ₹23,990 on a new Mac, and up to ₹7,445 on a new iPad. This discounted pricing is available to current and newly accepted university students or their parents, teachers, and staff at all levels.
MacBook Pros purchased via the Apple Education store will have 5 professional software pre-installed:
- Final Cut Pro X.
- Motion 5.
- Compressor 4.
- Logic Pro X.
- Mainstage 3.
To get all these offers, you would need to verify that you’re a student of a listed university via UNiDAYS. Most good colleges and universities are listed there. You can either submit your ID for verification or do it via your institution email or institution wifi. If not, you can also do that from Apple directly as well.
In case you are not a student, or not linked with academics, you can use any other’s student account to order for yourself, that’s kind of Indian jugaad that we always manage to do. 🙂
So that’s all about Apple Online Store in India. It surely opens up a lot of doors for Indian tech enthusiasts to opt for Apple devices via their official supply chain. They will also be opening offline Apple stores across India very soon. It will surely be a pleasure for Apple fans.
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