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Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus coming to South Africa on October 24

Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus coming to South Africa on October 24

The worldwide rollout of Apple's latest smartphones – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, continues with the phones expected to hit South Africa’s shores on 24 October.

Apple’s newest smartphones will be available in a total of 69 countries by end of October and are on track to reach more than 115 countries before January 1. The company said on Monday that this represents the fastest iPhone rollout yet.

While the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been smash hits in markets such as the US, Japan and Australia, they have yet to reach the heavily populated markets of China and India.

Apple is increasingly relying on these markets to propel its sales growth. As such, a quick release is imperative.

The news comes ahead of Apple's next launch event, scheduled for Thursday. The company is expected to unveil new iPads and Macs, as well as release its OS X Yosemite operating system.

Here are the release dates and countries:

• October 17: China, India and Monaco

• October 23: Israel

• October 24: Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa

• October 30: Bahrain and Kuwait

• October 31: Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Thailand