iPhone 4S Coming to China Next Week

Put down that Ebay auction; Apple has just announced that their new Siri equipped iPhone 4s will be available in 26 more markets starting next Friday.

Beginning January 13, iPhone 4S will be available in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, China, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.

Apple was most pleased about the response in China. “Customer response to our products in China has been off the charts,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With the launch in China next week, iPhone 4S will be available in over 90 countries making this our fastest iPhone rollout ever.”

But aside from China, I do not see that any of those countries is a major market. That leads me to wonder if this announcement has an ulterior motive. It looks to me like Apple is continuing their efforts to upstage CES. On Monday they leaked news about an event, and that was covered in all the gadget blogs. Today they expanded the iPhone availability. I bet they are hoping that this will get similar coverage.