Apple iPhone 5 gets final approval for sale in China

China is the second largest market for Apple, but the delay in the arrival of the latest phone from the company reduced its stake

iPhone 5 de Apple obtiene aprobación final para su venta en China

The latest iPhone from Apple received approval from Chinese regulators, paving the way for his debut in December in a highly competitive market where the lack of a new model has severely reduced its share of product sales.

China is the second largest market for Apple and their Chinese fans are waiting impatiently for the latest model of its smartphone, the iPhone 5 launched in the U.S. in September.

Apple has said the iPhone 5 will be introduced in China in December, but the long wait has caused Apple’s share in the smartphone market is reduced by half, to 10 percent in the second quarter, while users change other brands or waiting for the latest model, according to research firm IDC industry August.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China, showed two iPhone 5 models on its website that received approval late Thursday.

This is the A1429, a model WCDMA (access code division multiple broadband) that works with the network of China Unicom, and the A1442, a model that runs on the CDMA network of China Telecom.

The president of China Unicom, the second largest mobile operator in the country, said earlier this month it expected to start selling the iPhone 5 this year while running for a major boost of 3G users to 100 million by year’s end, from 67 million in the first nine months.