Devices iOS iPhone 5 News, — December 3, 2012 14:38 — 0 Comments
After a long wait that eroded its market share in China, Apple’s latest iPhone will make its debut in December
Apple’s latest iPhone will make its debut in China in December after receiving the final nod from the country’s regulators. China is Apple’s second-biggest market and the lack of a new model had eroded its share of smartphone sales in the country.
The long wait for the iPhone 5, which was released in the US in September, caused Apple’s Chinese market share to halve to 10% in the second quarter as consumers switched brands or patiently waited for the arrival of the latest model.
Many users on Sina Weibo, China’s most popular microblogging website, welcomed the imminent advent of the latest iPhone. “I’m all ready! The iPhone 5 is coming!” said one.
The chairman of China Unicom, the country’s second-largest mobile carrier, said in November that the company expected to start selling the iPhone 5 this year. It aims for a big increase in 3G users to 100 million by the end of the year, from 67 million after the first nine months.
The telecom regulatory authority, under China’s ministry of industry and information technology, showed two iPhone 5 models on its website that received approval.
The two are the A1429, which runs on China Unicom’s network, and the A1442, which runs on China Telecom’s network.
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