Apple iPhone 5S, 5C to launch in UAE on 3 November

Du announces it will begin sale of latest Apple handsets from start of next month

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Apple iPhone 5S, 5C to launch in UAE on 3 November The iPhone 5S, and the 'budget' 5C will officially be launched in the UAE on 3rd November.
By  Mark Sutton Published  October 12, 2013

UAE telecom operator du has announced that it will begin selling the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C from 3rd of November.

Prices were not given, and the operator has yet to offer pre-booking for the handsets.

Online retailers have been selling grey market versions of the phone, at prices of up to AED 6,000 ($1,600) shortly after launch. The unsubsidised price for the iPhone 5S in the US is $849, while the iPhone 5C will go for $549.

The two new Apple phones did not receive a wholly rapturous welcome when they were revealed in September.

Analysts were underwhelmed by the lack of new features in the premium iPhone 5S and criticised the price of the iPhone 5C - intended as a budget model - as too high to compete in emerging markets.

Commentators considered the fingerprint scanning technology of the 5S as the only new feature of note and doubted it would be enough to attract consumers in the all-but-saturated premium smartphone segment.

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