By Benjamin Cost
Apple fans rejoice! The iPhone 4S official arrival in China is slated for January 13, dispelling all prior rumors of other release dates, Apple’s latest smartphone will also flood the markets of 20 other countries, including Senegal, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Bolivia.
And although the myriad delays were undeniably frustrating, this is the fastest an iPhone’s ever exploded onto the world market:
Two months ago, Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities said he expected the iPhone 4S to reach China before the end of the calendar year.
Today, White noted the Chinese iPhone 4S launch, but maintained that his projection of a faster iPhone 4S rollout had come true.
“As we expected, this represents the fastest iPhone launch in Apple’s history with availability in over 90 countries,” White told clients in a short research note today.
The new gadget will run you something in the neighborhood of 5000RMB ($793) – similar to the 2010 iPhone 4 (and much lower than those 11,000RMB options back in October.) They’ll of course be equipped with Siri, the voice-input AI – but still no Mandarin comprehension (or anything besides French, English and German.)
You can find the new smartphone at all Apple stores, as well as select China Unicom, China Mobile and possibly even China Telecom outlets in the near future. But beware potential knockoffs from other stores, which may have recently resuscitated the formerly flat-lining shanzai phone industry.
Take a peek at the nutso lines for the iPhone 4S in Hong Kong here, or read plenty more about Apple in China here.