iPhone 5s launched in Kenya

January 10, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms

Mobile operator Orange has launched Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in Kenya, several months after the device’s worldwide launch, including South Africa.

Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s in September, a follow-up to its flagship iPhone 5 model (image: Apple)

Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s in September, a follow-up to its flagship iPhone 5 model (image: Apple)

“The launch of these two smart devices is consistent with the company’s brand promise of providing innovative products, services and solutions that are relevant to our market segments and add to the value proposition to our customers,” said company CEO Mickael Ghossein.

While Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology hasn’t been made available in the country yet, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be able to connect to the network once the functionality has been enabled – allow users to access the fastest mobile data speeds available.

“With an increased uptake of smart phones in the country, the iPhone 5c and 5s add style and convenience to the variety of smart phones Orange has to offer to customers on its network. These new devices, coupled with our competitive tariffs, reliable data speeds and voice call quality, are today, an unmatched proposition in the Kenyan market,” Ghossein added.

Apple announced in September 2013 that nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c units were sold just three days after the launch.  In addition, more than 200 million iOS devices are now running the completely redesigned iOS 7, making it the fastest software upgrade in history.

The mobile phone makes use of a 64-bit A7 processor that has twice the amount of transistors as its iPhone 5 predecessor, while the CPU and GPU is twice as fast. It also includes the new M7 motion processor that gathers data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to offload work from the A7 for improved power efficiency.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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