iPhone 5s, 5c coming to PH Nov. 15


iPhone 5s. AP

MANILA, Philippines—The country’s mobile phone providers are set to bring Apple’s newest smartphones – iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c – to local consumers by November 15.

Smart Communications and Globe Telecoms separately announced on Friday that they would make these two Apple smartphone variants available to the local market on the same date.

iPhone 5s is described as “the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world” and one that has catapulted Apple back to the top of the smartphone market in the US in September versus stiff Korean rival Samsung.

Among the key features of iPhone 5s is the touch ID sensor built into the home button, which scans fingerprints to unlock the phone and can also be used to make purchases from the App store. It also carries the A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, which promises twice as fast performance while the M7 co-processor handles motion tasks to preserve battery life.

On the other hand, iPhone 5c, “the most colorful iPhone yet,” is more affordable in pricing and meant to broaden the market base.

Smart said customers may pre-register interest online at

Globe has also started accepting online pre-registration for iPhone 5s and 5c at or or visit

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  • RJ

    I knew that clicking on this article would show me some people battling it out through comments. If you prefer one brand over the other and you have the capacity to purchase then go for it. Does it really matter who’s better, faster or greater?

    As for me, I prefer sticking with my 3-year old phone. It’s enough that I could call, send an SMS and surf online. I’ll buy a new one when I could not use it anymore. I could buy a new phone today but I have much more important priorities that do not revolve around handheld devices.

  • AntiAko

    Ano ang silbi ng iphone na maganda kung wala ka namang reliable and cheap internet? The beauty of a smartphone lies in the use of apps but if LTE is not available then most apps become almost useless and your smartphone experience greatly diminishes. Take it from someone who is spoiled by a US mobile company with LTE speeds of around 7 mbps (24/7) at 440 pesos per GB. With this much reliable speed my phone just shines.

    Movies? Music? Navigation? Browsing? Online games? Downloading? Reading? No problem.

    Oh, and when LTE is available everywhere, that is when Android phones with large screens OVERSHADOW the iPhone. That is why in the US, the Galaxy Note phones are more expensive than the iPhones on mobile networks.

  • pfckulapu_parin

    You can’t expect me to buy one?
    Boycott pa rin ako for product Made by China !!!!!
    Tingnan natin kong sino ang magsawa…..
    I can live more without toxic product from China….

  • kapitanvic1

    I wish there is a way to show the would be cellphone snatcher that the fingerprint identity sensor feature on my 5S means I am the only one that can use my iPhone, so it is useless for them to steal it.

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