As you’re all probably aware of the fact that Apple recently announced the next iPhone titled the iPhone 4S. The new iPhone is available for pre-order now in select countries. Apple also mentioned that a bunch of other countries would also receive the iPhone 4S very soon and then by the end of this year 70+ countries would get to taste Apple’s most amazing iPhone yet.
So why don’t we Indians get to have the iPhone 4S the same time our American relatives get to flaunt it? Apart from logical reasons, I’ve come up with my own list of five obvious ones.
1. Siri won’t understand the funny Indian accent
Siri is a trademark feature in the brand new iPhone 4S. It’s a virtual assistant that, unlike your wife, would follow all your commands and will make a great companion for the nights when you’re made to sleep on the couch. The only obvious problem here is no matter how much intelligence they could stuff in Siri’s arse, they just couldn’t make it Indian-accent-friendly. So if you spend $400 on a phone and that son of gun fails to understand your crazy voice commands, you’re going to get seriously pissed at it. Think about it.
For example: Indian to Siri: “Sirri, maike an appointmenta with my bossss”. A total failure indeed.
2. iCloud – Indians don’t get the cloud
Now when it comes to the cloud, we Indians aren’t really quite clear with the concept. Some of us really think the Monsoon could mess it up badly. Of course it’s ridiculous but we’re going to crack open Apple’s support staff brains with questions like, ‘why should I pay for storage when I have a 64GB memory?’ Get it? If this isn’t enough, you might also get to hear complaints like, ‘the cloud has messed up my files, it’s not playing any music in my car’s stereo’.
3. The Cards App
An interesting app that Apple showcased at the launch event was the Cards app. It’s quite simple – you customize a card with a picture, message and some hanky panky designs and then Apple takes a print out and actually mails it to the person you want to send it to. For now it would only work for the US residents. All this for just $2.99. What? We Indians are cheap. $2.99 would translate to Rs. 150 approximately. We love our relatives in the US and would love to send them beautifully designed cards but that’s too much. How about just a simple e-card? Sorry, we’ll pass.
4. The iPhone 4 looks
Imagine selling an Indian an iPhone 4S with an iPhone 4 lying right next to it. ‘Sir, could you tell me the difference between the two’, is going to be the most asked question ever. An Indian would never except the ‘it’s all new inside’ shitty reply. If it’s so new inside, why did you have to play cheap on us and not change the design. How are my relatives going to find out that I bought an iPhone 4S. They’re going to think it’s the same old iPhone 4 only. Such dumbass!
5. The Price
There’s no official word on the unlocked edition of the iPhone 4S yet. Chances are that it’s going to cost exactly what the iPhone 4 did when it eventually hits the market. Now with the iPhone 4 expected to take a price cut soon, why go for the twin big brother that’s not even labeled ‘iPhone 5’? The typical Indian mindset is just not going to find any sort of satisfaction in paying the full price for an iPhone 4S. Not yet.
Disclaimer: I’m not being a racist here. Heck, I’m an Indian myself. This is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings, it’s just written on a lighter note. Yes, I am cheap so I’m going to keep this under three sentences.