If you tuned in to Apple’s Let’s Talk iPhone event via a live blog a few hours ago, you will know that the company unveiled the iPhone 4S to the world, and that it will be launching in a total of 29 countries before the end of October.
However, one head-scratcher to come out of the event, is the fact that Apple failed to give a solid release date for the new device for buyers in Hong Kong and China, despite Apple’s new found ‘love’ for China so to speak.
The company even kicked off their event by talking about their brand new store openings in Hong Kong and Shanghai, but failed to give a Hong Kong and China release date at the end of the event, with Japan and Singapore the only confirmed Asian markets to get the device so far. Japan will get the iPhone 4S on day one on October 14th, while customers in Singapore will have to wait until October 28th to get their hands on it.
Are Apple simply worried about sales expectations in HK and China, or does the problem stem deeper? Piracy may be one problem that Apple are worried about as if you have been to China, you’ll know that counterfeit iPhone models are freely available to buy, and remains a huge problem for Apple. This happens in Hong Kong too, but it’s nowhere as near as bad as their near neighbours.
Hopefully Apple will give an answer as to why Hong Kong and China have been omitted from the list, but for now eager buyers may have to import to get their iPhone 4S fix on day one like the rest of the world. Otherwise, it looks like consumers in Asia not based in Japan or Singapore will have to wait until December for the device to roll out.
Do you have possible ideas on Apple’s thinking behind this?