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Countdown to arrival of iPhone 5 in NZ begins

Published: 10:35AM Tuesday September 18, 2012 Source: ONE News

The much-sought after iPhone 5 will be in New Zealand by the end of next week.

Apple's latest evolution of the smartphone is being launched in nine countries this Friday, including the US, UK, Japan, France and Canada.

The following Friday, it will be launched in 22 other countries, including New Zealand.

So far, Apple claims it has already sold two million iPhone 5 smartphones in the first 24 hours of pre-orders, doubling the previous record set by the iPhone 4S in 2011.

The smartphone, which was unveiled last week, was expected to smash records despite claims the latest iPhone was lacklustre.

But according to Phillip Schiller, the head of Apple's marketing, that was no obstacle for Apple-obsessed fans.

"iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal," said Schiller.

Some analysts think September will see 10-12 million iPhones fly off the shelf.

The smartphone will be available in New Zealand for a recommended retail price of $NZ1049 for the 16GB model, $NZ1199 for the 32GB model and $NZ1349 for the 64GB model.

- with ComputerWorld