Apple has announced the dates for its second and third waves of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c rollout, but South African is not among them, dashing hopes of an early October 2013 launch.
This is in line with earlier rumours that South Africa will likely be in the fourth wave of rollout, thought to be toward late November 2013.
Apple announced the iPhone 5s and 5c at a media event during September 2013 and its website lists the following cash prices for the iPhone 5s:
- 16GB: $649,
- 32GB: $749, and
- 64GB: $849.
These prices exclude sales taxes and if history is anything to go by, South African iPhone buyers can expect to pay around R10,000 for a 16GB iPhone 5s when it launches locally.
However, there are likely to be differences between the warranties offered by official distributors and through importers. For example, at the R10,000 price point iStore includes a 2 year warranty with its 16GB iPhone 5.
Those interested in laying hands on the phones ahead of their official launch do have some options: iPhone 5s SA early adopter prices
iPhone 5s and 5c will be available on Friday, 25 October 2013 in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.
iPhone 5s and 5c will be available on Friday, 1 November 2013 in the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE.