Apple's iPhone 6 to hit UAE on 27 September

Apple makes good on UAE commitment as fans have to wait just 8 days for new phones

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Apple's iPhone 6 to hit UAE on 27 September The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will start at AED 2,599, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus will start at AED 2,999
By  Tom Paye Published  September 10, 2014

Apple's newly unveiled handsets, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, will officially be available in the UAE on September 27, just eight days after the devices are made available in the United States.

According to the online Apple Store UAE, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will start at AED 2,599, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus will start at AED 2,999. A raft of new accessories such as cases for the new devices will also be available to shoppers. 

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As a result, Apple's existing phones will be made a little cheaper, so the iPhone 5S (Apple's previous flagship device) will start at AED 2,199, while the iPhone 5C will start at AED 1,699.

UAE carrier Etisalat has also announced that it will make the new iPhones available around the same time, as part of a number of different payment plans. 

Traditionally, Apple fans in the UAE have to wait much longer for new products to be officially available. Or else they have had to take their chances on the local grey market, whereby devices are unofficially imported from launch countries and sold at hyper-inflated prices.

For example, when the iPhone 5 was unveiled in 2012, it wasn't made available through official channels until December that year - around three months after the launch event. Things slightly improved last year when the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were launched - both devices were officially available in the UAE within two months - but there was still a lag that consumers had to contend with. 

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However, Apple seems to have made something of a commitment to the UAE. Last month, plans were unveiled to launch an official Apple store here, following a visit from the tech giant's CEO, Tim Cook, earlier in the year.

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