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Apple to release red iPhone 8, 8 Plus in UAE

Alvin R. Cabral/Dubai
Filed on April 10, 2018 | Last updated on April 10, 2018 at 12.13 am
The special edition iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in red will be available in limited markets, including the UAE.- Alamy Image
The special edition iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in red will be available in limited markets, including the UAE.

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The devices will be available on April 13, but pre-orders start tomorrow.


After a day of speculation, Apple finally confirmed that it will be releasing a special-edition iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in a colour that has both striking appeal and a noble cause.

The PRODUCT(RED) edition will be available in limited markets, including the UAE. The devices will be available on April 13, but pre-orders start tomorrow.

The aesthetics include a red glass enclosure, an aluminium band and a black front. There will be no price differences with the current iPhone 8 line-up which start at Dh2,991.50.

A portion of all proceeds from PRODUCT(RED) sales goes directly to Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants, which provide testing, counselling, treatment and prevention programmes.

Apple, in a statement, says that it has donated over $160 million to the fund since partnering with (RED) since 2006.

MacRumors had earlier reported on Sunday that Apple was to indeed launch the special-edition devices, citing an internal memo obtained by the website and distributed to employees of Virgin Mobile. It had, however, noted "as early as tomorrow [Monday].

And Bloomberg tech reporter Mark Gurman corroborated this report, replying to a MacRumors tweet regarding the news: "Indeed should be this week. Nice scoop."

The release of the PRODUCT(RED) devices also revived a recent rumour that Apple may release a gold iPhone X.

MacRumors, quoting Japanese blog Mac Otakara, reported on March 26 that Apple could release a new gold-coloured iPhone X, though an actual date remains unknown.

The iPhone X only comes in silver and space grey. If a gold one does come up, it would be similar to those seen in iPhones before it.

Forbes reported on Sunday that Apple "deliberately curtailed colour options up to this point", and that talk of a gold iPhone X "remains strong so it may be that is Apple's preferred route in time".

The AirPower wireless charging mat is also rumoured to be released this week.

- alvin@khaleejtimes.com 





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