Apple’s iPhone 15 series has been officially announced, and it is set to go on sale in global markets, including India, starting on September 22nd.
The new iPhone 15 series boasts improved cameras, faster processors, and notably, the inclusion of USB-C ports.
A notable feature in the iPhone 15 series is the adoption of the indigenous GPS system known as NavIC.
iPhone 15 Comes With NavIC for GPS Navigation Developed by ISRO
In the case of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models, they are equipped with NavIC for GPS navigation, which is developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
This feature can be found in the detailed specifications of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, specifically in the cellular and wireless section. However, it is not available in the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models.
So, what makes NavIC noteworthy? NavIC, which stands for Navigation with Indian Constellation, is a regional navigation satellite system developed by ISRO.
It consists of seven satellites that cover not only India but also an area extending up to 1,500 km beyond the country’s borders. NavIC has a wide range of applications, including terrestrial, aerial, and marine navigation, location-based services, and personal mobility.
iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max First Phones To Include ISRO’s NavIC Technology
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are the first iPhones to incorporate ISRO’s NavIC technology. However, over the past few years, this technology has been increasingly adopted by various smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Vivo.
Apple has been emphasizing its iPhone production in India with the iPhone 15 series. For the first time, iPhone 15 units assembled in India will be available for sale in India and some other regions simultaneously with those made in China. Apple has been assembling iPhones in India since 2017, starting with the iPhone SE, and has continued to do so annually. Nonetheless, the made-in-India iPhones usually hit the market months after the global release.
With this growing focus on local production, Apple is gradually moving closer to a future where iPhones may eventually be entirely manufactured in India.
It’s worth noting that the $799 iPhone 14 launched in India at a price of 79,900 rupees, which is significantly higher than its US price of $799. Furthermore, despite the premium price tags, Apple customers in India do not have access to a wide range of services, including News+, Fitness+, and Apple Pay.