iPhone 4S arrives in New Zealand on November 11

Upgraded smartphone cheaper in the US

The iPhone 4S will go on sale in New Zealand on November 11, and customers will be able to pre-order the phone on the Apple website from this Friday, Apple has announced today.

New Zealand and 14 other countries are among the next tranche of countries where the iPhone 4S will be available. The new iteration of Apple’s iconic smartphone was unveiled by Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook and other Apple senior executives in early October and went on sale in the US, Australia and five other countries on October 14.

In New Zealand pricing for the iPhone 4S starts from $1,049 for the 16GB model. This compares to US pricing of US$649 ($817), and on a plan it starts at US$199 ($250). In Australia pricing for the 16GB model is A$799 ($1,039).

The new features of the iPhone 4S are ‘Siri’, the voice activated intelligent assistant, Apple’s dual-core A5 chip, a new camera with advanced optics and HD resolution video recording.

Vodafone, New Zealand’s official Apple supplier, says it will announce contract plans closer to launch.

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