Friday 13th will be a lucky day for Apple fans in China, Africa and the Caribbean, as Apple announces the release of its highly praised iPhone in a further 27 nations, making this the fastest iPhone rollout ever.
Among these countries, the main focus will be on Apple's second largest market, China, where the company has signed a deal with one of the major carriers, China Unicom. The largest Chinese carrier, China Mobile, with its 630 million subscribers has not been able to agree a deal for the iPhone 4S.
According to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, “customer response to our products in China has been off the charts”; though analysts agree that the Cupertino-based company is a long way from tapping its full potential in the country.
More good news for Chinese iPhone 4S owners is that later this year Apple is going to offer support for Siri, the main feature of the new iPhone, in Mandarin.
The other countries where the iPhone 4S will become available next Friday are: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.
With its availability on 90 national markets after just three months, the iPhone 4S will be the fastest rollout ever by Apple.