Apple unveils official GCC release for iPhone 5

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Apple’s iPhone 5 will be officially launched across the GCC on December 14, the technology giant said.

The highly-anticipated iPhone 5 will be available in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain as part of Apple’s fastest international roll-out for the device so far, the California-based firm said.

The iPhone 5, which went on sale in the US and other countries on September 21, is currently available in 47 countries.

Apple said it sold more than 5m units of its iPhone 5 during the first three days of its release, surpassing a record set last year by the previous model.

The device has since restored Apple to the top smartphone spot in the US, edging out handsets based on Google’s Android software. Apple’s iOS has a 48.1 percent share of US smartphone sales while Android has 46.7 percent, according to research firm Kantar World Panel.

But not everyone has been impressed with the new phone, which has a larger, four-inch screen and supports faster 4G mobile networks. Some users have criticised its new maps feature for a number of glitches including missing information and a lack of features.

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