It has been a long time coming – the iPhone 12 range will launch in South Africa on December 18th. It is significantly later than previous years, mostly due to manufacturing delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, not necessarily due to greater demand. It has resulted in a lack of supply in many places around the world.
Unlike in the US, China and Europe, all four models of the iPhone 12 will launch at the same time in South Africa. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro launched first in these markets, followed later by the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max as manufacturing ramped up.
Pre-orders for the new range will be available from 11 December. Customers are being urged to secure their devices via pre-order, as stock will still be relatively limited for a month or two.
The official Apple retailer and distributor in the country, iStore, has also revealed the pricing for the new iPhone 12 range in the country.
Many expect the iPhone 12 mini being the top seller in the South African market this year, due to the lower price tag. It will start from R15,999 for the base model with 64GB of storage and go up to R19,999 for the top model with 256GB of storage. The same storage options for the iPhone 12 will cost R18,999 and R22,499, respectively.
The Pro models don’t have a 64GB storage option, with the lowest storage option being 128GB. For the iPhone 12 Pro it costs R23,499 and ranges to R30,499 for the top-of-the-range model with 512GB of storage. The iPhone 12 Pro Max costs R25,999 for the 128GB of storage, while the top model with 512GB of storage costs R32,999.
iStore also noted that it will offer trade-ins of up to R12,000 when buying the new iPhone in cash from their stores, depending on the model and the condition of the phone traded in.
All models will be available on contract through MTN, Vodacom and Telkom as well.