Israelis Will Wait a Bit if They Want to Buy iPhone 6 in Home Market

Apple is set to sell the new handset in the U.S. and a handful of other countries as of Friday. Israel's not on the short list.

Reuters

Israelis who want to buy Apple's latest iPhones in their home market might have to wait till year's end or later, a media report says.

Apple is set to sell the new iPhone 6 and larger iPhone 6 plus in the U.S. and a handful of other countries as of Friday. The new handset has a much-updated spec sheet plus the company's new Apple Pay mobile-wallet functionality.

Israel's not on that short list of countries, which includes the U.K., Australia, Japan, Germany and a few others, the Times of Israel noted.

The Cupertino, Calif., company's chief executive, Tim Cook, has said that distribution to 119 countries is planned by year's end.

The New York Times reported on Sept. 10 that distribution in China, which the paper called one of Apple's most important markets, will be delayed past the Sept. 19 target date.

Apple generally faces strong demand when it introduces new products. CNET noted that on the iPhone 5's launch day in 2012, the company ran out of stock after it received more than 2 million preorders in 24 hours.

An e-mail inquiry to iDigital, Apple's distributor in Israel, wasn't immediately returned.