Apple normally sells the older versions of iPhones in India. Maybe the company thinks that there is no market for its expensive handsets. Although people who can shell out money do get to own the latest iPhone models but they are either imported with the help of friends and relatives or they are bought from websites like eBay where people get them from other countries, jailbreak them, and then sell them in India.
It took Apple four years to directly sell iPhone 4 in India. According to this link, the phone was originally launched in 2010 but Apple started selling it to the Indian market (and other emerging markets) in August 2014. The company thinks that people in India don’t buy expensive phones and they normally go for cheaper Android devices. This might be true. Able to want to buy cheaper, but good phone, as was the case with the cheap Chinese smartphone Xiaomi that sold like crazy a few weeks ago. Unless it is absolutely necessary, or unless they have lots of extra cash to burn, Indians don’t buy expensive stuff just for the heck of it. For instance, you will never find long serpentine lines in front of an Apple Store or for that matter any store just in order to possess a gadget first. Americans do that, Indians don’t. This is a fact. So Apple never bothers to introduce its latest iPhone versions in India.
The same is going to be the story for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to this link, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been launched in the following countries:
- Isle of Man
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
If you are in India and you want to “flaunt” the latest iPhone, you can ask someone from these countries to get one for you.