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Monday, December 17, 2012
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Has Started Selling its iPhone 5 in Russia
The U.S electronics giant, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), has officially started selling its iPhone 5 and iPad mini in Russia. Both the devices went on sale in the country on Friday.
The company has rolled out its latest iPhone 5 in Russia approximately three months after it was launched in the U.S and about 30 other countries. Apple’s iPhone 5 is 18% thinner and 20% less in weight as compared to its earlier version, the iPhone 4s.
Some industry sources revealed that the main reason behind this delay is a production shortfall at Foxconn, which is a key manufacturing partner of Apple. One of the key features of iPhone 5 is that it supports fast-speed LTE networks, however, users living in Russia will not be able to use this feature as none of the mobile vendors have networks compatible with iPhone 5.
The latest Apple (AAPL) device is expected to carry a price tag in between 35,000-45,000 rubles, or $1,140 to $1,330, on the basis of storage capacity. The company sold 5 million units of its iPhone 5 during the first week of its launch in September.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has introduced its iPad mini tablet in Russia much faster than the iPhone 5. The iPad mini made its way to the country just six weeks after its release in the U.S.
Initially, users in Russia will be able to purchase only the wi-fi versions of the tablet. Those including cellular capabilities will be introduced later. 16 GB version will carry a price tag of 14,990 rubles, or $490, while 64 GB model will be sold at $750. In the near future, Apple might start selling its TV digital media receiver in Russia, as the company has just launched its online iTune store in the country.