Apple has picked Airtel Africa as one of the key operators in its distribution strategy for its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Airtel will start selling the new devices in its shops in 16 African markets Kenya included.
The official iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus is expected to hit the market by early to mid-November 2014. The devices are expected to sell at KES 100,000 and KES 150,000 respectively, and will be available in the country before the end of the year.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are much thinner than the 5s, at 6.9mm and 7.1mm thick, respectively, compared to the 7.6mm iPhone 5s. The glass front of the iPhone 6 curves around the side and each model features an anodized aluminum back. Its camera features a ring that protrudes a bit from the back of the device, although it does not affect the incredible thinness of the phone.
With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple has upgraded the displays to what they are calling Retina HD. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750, with a pixel-density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi); the 5.5-inch 6 Plus goes full HD with a 1920 by 1080 display and a whopping 401 ppi. Apple says both versions are covered with “ion-strengthened glass,” to make the iPhone 6 less susceptible to drops and scratches.
Apple iPhone 6 was launched globally in mid-September and is now available in more than 20 markets in the world.
According to Apple, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in a total of 69 countries and territories by the end of October 2014 and are on track to be available in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this the fastest iPhone rollout ever.