Following the debut of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in several new countries late last week, Apple will begin rolling out the new devices in several countries during the month of November. Apple previously indicated that it would ship the devices on November 1st in Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE…
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However, it appears that plan has slightly changed. As noted on Apple’s website for the UAE, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be shipping in the region (which includes Dubai) on November 3rd.
In addition to the UAE, Apple will launch the new iPhones in Israel on that same date. Reports from this morning have indicated that the iPhone will arrive in Israel on November 15th, but the major carriers in Israel have announced that the rollout will occur on November 3rd. From this information, it appears that the fourth iPhone launch wave will occur on November 3rd, not November 15th as reported by many news outlets this morning.
Following the November 1st international (and U.S. regional carrier) and November 3rd international rollouts, the next launch wave will be on November 8th in the United States. The high-profile Boost Mobile and U.S. Cellular carriers in the United States will begin selling the iPhones on their networks on that date. This rollout is especially notable as this will be the first time that those two carriers will offer Apple’s smartphones.
Following that rollout, Apple will launch the iPhone in the Philippines. Two carriers from the country, Globe and Smart Communications, have indicated that it will launch the phones on November 15th. Based on Apple’s past international iPhone rollout patterns, there has been some speculation that the November 15th iPhone launch will also occur in the following nations:
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, and Venezuela.
Based on Israel actually launching approximately two weeks earlier, it is unlikely that this speculation will fully play out accurately. It’s possible that at least some of the countries listed above could see the new iPhones on November 15th, but it will be best to wait for official confirmations from Apple and/or the local cellular network providers.