Apple's new iPhones hit NZ shelves…
Finally bringing Cupertino’s eagerly anticipated new smartphone line into Kiwi hands, Apple's new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are now available in New Zealand.
The double launch, set for another 25 countries also, was officially made at 12:01am this morning.
Billed as “the most forward-thinking iPhone yet” by the tech giants, the new iPhone 5S comes in three different colours, silver, gold and space gray, with further new features including a fingerprint sensor and an all-new A7 chip.
Costing a recommended retail price of NZD$1,049 for the 16GB model, the 32GB model and 64GB model will command NZD$1,199 and NZD$1,349 respectively.
The iPhone 5C however, labelled as “the most colourful iPhone yet” will be available in blue, green, pink, yellow and white, for a recommended retail price of NZD$899 for the 16GB model and NZD$1,049 for the 32GB model.
Vodafone will offer both models in selected stores through out the country and online, with the iPhone 5S available from $0 for the 16GB model, $149 for the 32GB model and $299 for the 64GB model.
The iPhone 5C however, will be available from $0 for the 16GB and 32GB models all on Vodafone Red packages, while the iPhone 4S will also be available from $0 on Red.
"Vodafone is delighted to offer the latest generation of iPhones to the New Zealand market," says Matt Williams, Vodafone Consumer Director.
"Both iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are packed with features and speed that will offer an amazing experience on our superfast 4G network.
"Plus, we're giving customers increased data bundles on our Red packages."
Also offering the devices, Telecom will offer both models across the country and online, with the iPhone 5S 24-month plans available from $0 for the 16GB model, $199 upfront for the 32GB model on a $139 plan and $349 upfront for the 64GB model on a $139 plan.
The iPhone 5C however, will be available from $299 upfront for the 16GB model on a $99 plan and $449 upfront for the 32GB model on a $99 month plan.
Both models come with iOS 7, the most significant iOS update since the original iPhone, with over 200 million iOS devices already running the new operating system, making it the fastest software upgrade in history.
Just three days after the launch of Apple’s new product line on September 20, the company sold a record-breaking nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models.
With original demand for iPhone 5S exceeding the initial supply, Apple CEO Tim Cook said last month: “This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales.
“The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”
Both new smartphones will be available through the Apple Online Store and select Apple Authorised Resellers across the country, with the iPhone 4S now available for a recommended retail price of NZD$649.
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