Around the world in 80 days: Apple launching iPhone 5s and 5c in 50 countries by November
From Rome to Madrid and Bogota to Manama (look’em up), iFans will reportedly be able to score their own spanking new iPhones (including in gold) by November 1 via the usual retail channels, i.e. local Apple retail stores, online and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
The first (or better yet, second) wave of fresh iPhones will hit Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies (huh?), Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand come October 25, followed by, brace yourselves, Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE a week later, i.e. on Friday, November 1.
According to my headcount, there are 51 states on that list (though I’m still not sure about French West Indies or Reunion Island), with the iPhone duo already available (starting September 20 or the following days) in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.
Hence, the grand total of nations included on the 5s/5c world tour will hit an astounding 62 three weeks or so from now, or 40 days after the handhelds’ first commercial launches. Don’t really have the Guinness Book near, but I’m pretty sure that’s some sort of world record.
And possibly maybe one of the reasons Apple remains so profitable and popular, despite so many folks mocking and accusing it of lack of originality. Does anyone beg to differ? Is this turnaround time not as remarkable as it looks? Sound off below.