Apple announces regional prices, availability for iPhone 6S range
Latest iPhones to arrive in GCC from 10 October
Apple’s iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be available in a number of Middle East countries, including the UAE, from 10 October, the company said in a statement yesterday.
Consumers in Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will all be able to get their hands on the latest iPhones through the usual resellers and the online Apple Store.
Apple remains tight-lipped over the opening of its Dubai-based brick-and-mortar outlet.
In the UAE, the 6S range is also available through national carriers du and Etisalat. Both phones will be available in gold, silver, space-grey and the new rose-gold metallic finishes.
The iPhone 6s will sell for a suggested retail price of AED2,599 for the 16GB model, AED2,999 for the 64GB model and AED3,399 for the 128GB model. The iPhone 6s Plus will be available for an SRP of AED2,999 for the 16GB model, AED3,399 for the 64GB model and AED3,799 for the 128GB model.
The handsets will be available in Saudi Arabia, through STC, Zain, and Mobily; in Kuwait, through Ooredoo, Viva and Zain; in Qatar, through Vodafone and Ooredoo; and in Bahrain, through Batelco, Viva and Zain and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
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Apple said it aims to make the latest handsets available in more than 130 countries by the end of the year.
Apple claims it has sold more than 13m iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models in the three days after launch, setting “a new record”.
“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries.”
The 3D Touch technology, which is known in the wider industry as Force Touch, allows the handset to distinguish between a light tap on the screen from the user and a longer, heavier press. Apple uses this to create different features in the user interface.
The handsets also include a 12MP iSight (main, rear-facing) camera, 5MP FaceTime (secondary, front-facing, selfie) HD camera with Retina Flash powered by Apple’s proprietary A9 chip. All of this is housed in what Apple claims is “the strongest glass on any smartphone” and 7000-series aluminium, which is an alloy used in the aerospace industry.