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iPhone fans from other markets will finally be able to purchase their iPhone 15 units this Friday, September 29. There is still no official list of the countries that will be included, but it will reportedly comprise 21 markets, including Macao, Malaysia, Turkey, and Vietnam.

What makes the news more exciting is the availability of all four models in the second wave of the launch. This is far from the situation experienced by customers in last year’s launch of the iPhone 14 series, wherein some models saw some delays. Apple even underscored in its recent report that even the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which reportedly faced some production issues and is now experiencing a shortage in chain supply, will also be available on Friday.

Apple first brought the iPhone 15 lineup to over 40 major countries and regions, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the UAE, the UK, and the US. To recall, the company started to accept pre-orders on September 15 and made it available on September 22.

However, as reported earlier, the units that will be sold in the additional markets will still be different from the versions first introduced in the US. In particular, they will still support SIM cards. Apple shared the plans to expand the full support for eSIM units last year after the release of the iPhone 14 series, where it first introduced it to its US customers. Unfortunately, limited carrier companies still fully support the said service. According to Apple, only a handful of wireless carriers and service providers offer eSIM services in other countries. As such, even if Apple sells iPhones with eSIM support, customers won’t feel the feature’s value that much without the plethora of eSIM service options in their own markets. Likewise, 

On the other hand, customers from these secondary markets can still expect to see the majority of the features Apple has for the iPhone 15 series, including an improved camera system, the Dynamic Island in the standard models, titanium frames in Pro models, and more. The phones also come with the new iOS 17 update, which introduces the Roadside Assistance via satellite service. However, Apple noted that it isn’t available in all countries or regions.

Moreover, it is important to note that the pre-installed iOS 17 version in all the iPhone 15 models that will be sold has a bug. It prevents the data transfer from an old iPhone unit to complete. With this, it is advised to first install the iOS 17.0.2 update before having the transfer. For instructions, click here


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