iPhone 5 to hit PH stores on Dec. 14


MANILA, Philippines—Cupertino, California-based Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable company, announced Monday evening (Manila time) that the new Apple iPhone 5 would be launched in the Philippines officially on December 14.

A press release on the company’s website said the Philippines was included in a list of more than 50 countries where the new smart phone would be launched this December.

The first in the list would be South Korea, where the new iPhone will hit stores on December 7, Friday.

A week after, the device will become available in Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

Before the year ends, Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam will also get the new iPhone.

The statement did not have details on carrier availability. The iPhone 5’s predecessor, the iPhone 4S, is currently available on contract from Globe Telecom and Smart Communications.

The iPhone 5 is already available in 47 countries around the world including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK.

Apart from improved hardware, the iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, Apple’s newest operating system for mobile devices. The new software comes with over 200 new features including: Shared Photo Streams, Facebook integration, all-new Maps app, Passbook organization, and voice-based personal assistant Siri.

Below is the link to the Apple press release:

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  • Crying Freeman

    no major innovation in iphone5.. never!

  • jolly_baby

    Not even worth the web space…  pang advertise lang ata kasi. Too late, everyone knows na hype lang to. Pa elite elite kunwari kasi mahal. Pag mahal kasi di nabibili ng lahat…. pero functioanlity wise walang laban sa iba. Samsung is far much better.

    • efriend

      Agree. Apple’s PR and Ad campaign are outstanding.

  • RyanE

    Hahaha.. too late the hero.. everybody already got a Samsung, LG, HTC and other latest Android phones..

  • Vic

    Once Samsung Galaxy Camera hits the market, it will knockout everything in its path.

    • MrJoseRizal

      Yeah, definitely it would be wise to use the camera for phone calls… nice one

  • dshout dshout

    I am sure that once again, thousands will be fooled by this overrated phone… I for one was fooled into dumping my 4s in favour of iphone5 on the day it was released in NZ. Only to dump the 5 after two weeks when I saw the performance, the power and full packed functionalities in Galaxy Note 2. Yes, Iphone 5 is designed very well, but that is just it – design, aesthetics. Not actually a smart phone. But I must admit, smart marketing of a regular phone by Apple.

    Sometimes I wonder, tangna bakit ako nag tsaga at nagpaloko sa napakaliit na screen, closed system, hard to use file system, limited storage capacity, eh may Galaxy Note 2 pala na true blue and genuine smart phone….

    Sent from my full packed Samsung Galaxy Note 2…..

    • Diablo_III

      Since I dumped my 3GS in favor of Samsung Galaxy S2 I never looked back again. I got now SGS 3 and its smoking hot….

      • ever green

        agree agree agree. Just got my Samsung SIII last month and satisfied. Pero pinakamatibay pa rin ung nokia 3315….hahahaha LOL.

    • MrJoseRizal

      Apple is better not because of the hardware specs, but because of the Applications meron sa iOS na wala sa android.

    • OFW28

      tama ka sobrang liit ng screen, first week nag din ditto sa SG napabili ako, pero sa sob rang liit ng screen walang gana, mas maganda Galaxy Note 2, malaki screen.

      pero meron naman advantage ngayon ang 5, mas mabilis ito sa internet.

    • Diepor

      Wow you are so cool and rich.

    • AntiAko

      i got the Note 2 instead of the iphone 5 and neeeverrr akong nag regret sa decision,

  • Rinaanir

    Balita ko inalis na daw yung Google Maps, at yung Youtube dahil hindi na nirenew yung licensing deal nila with Google? 

  • rudyroks

    Elongated iPhone 4S!

  • TonTon

    how much will it cost?  samsung note 2… yeah has more power than the iPhone…
    but, I love the iPhone.. :)

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Who will be the first in line the most vocal in boycott made-in-china product? Anything that you buy has a touch or two of china including my iphone5!

  • Balahura

    samsung note 2 is so far 3x as poweful as this device

    • R.Baylon – SEO Specialist

      There is an iPhone market and there is the “Other Smartphones” market… just saying..

      • Apple

        buy what suits you, I got motorolla xoom2 and iphone5.  you don’t have to stick with android, ios, windows…  just sayin.

      • AntiAko

        wahahaha. the Note 2 is exceptional and it is waaaay better than my old iphone. i would never go back to the iphone since the note 2 trumps it in every aspect. try mo lang ang note 2 and believe me you will never regret it.

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