Media event set for September 9, launch likely ~10 days later.
iTunes Music Store Going Live in Russia and Turkey
iTunes Music Store live in Russia (left) and Turkey (right)
With the iPhone 5 set to launch in both countries on December 14, Apple also looks to be interested in expanding its hardware and content sales in the countries in a variety of ways. Apple is already hiring for future retail stores in Turkey, and the company has reportedly been looking to begin direct sales in Russia, bypassing distributors and potentially looking at opening its own retail stores in the country in the future.