The latest iPhone has got approval for China release and will soon be available for purchase. The release is set for this month after receiving the final nod from the country’s regulators. China is Apple’s second-largest market and its Chinese fans are eagerly awaiting the latest model of its smartphone, the iPhone 5, which was released in the United States in September.
Many users on Sina Weibo, China’s most popular microblogging website, welcomed the imminent advent of the latest iPhone. “I’m all ready! The iPhone 5 is coming!” said one.
The long wait for the iPhone 5, which was released in the US in September, caused Apple’s Chinese market share to halve to 10% in the second quarter as consumers switched brands or patiently waited for the arrival of the latest model.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority, under China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, showed two iPhone 5 models on its website that received approval on Thursday. The two are the A1429, a WCDMA model that runs on China Unicom’s network, and the A1442, a CDMA model that runs on China Telecom Corp’s network.