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 www.smart.com.ph/iPhone.