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Apple Shutting Down Apple Online Stores Around the World to Prepare for iPhone 5s/5c Launch in 35 Additional Countries

As expected, Apple has begun taking Apple Online Stores around the world offline as it prepares for its second wave of iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launches on October 25. First announced in early October, this second launch will bring Apple's newest iPhones to 35 additional countries, including India, Mexico, and Russia.

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As noted by 9to5Mac, consumers around the world are lining up at Apple Stores hoping to purchase a new iPhone. The launch will kick off in New Zealand first, where it is just after 10:30 AM on October 25.

Countries receiving the iPhones today include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, 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.

On November 1, the rollout will be extended to the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

Following Apple's third launch on November 1, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c will be available in more than 60 countries, bringing Apple closer to its stated target of availability in 100 countries before the end of the year.

Supplies of the iPhone 5s remain constrained, with shipping times in the United States and a number of other first wave launch countries still at two to three weeks. Supplies of the iPhone 5c, however, remain plentiful, with estimated shipping times of 24 hours.

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12 months ago
"They ran out of the gold iPhone?! UGHHHHHHH!!"

Now the 3rd world can have 1st world problems. :D
Rating: 7 Votes
12 months ago
Time for the money to roll in.
Rating: 7 Votes
12 months ago

Sorry to all you outlanders, but my wife couldn't find a 32 Gig black 5S in any of the five apple stores in the Twin Cities Metro and had to order online with a 3 week lead-time.

Apple needs to fulfill it's current orders before it opens up sales to the rest of the free world.

Pretty redonkulous!

Steve


Congrats. Youre both arrogant and ignorant.
Rating: 5 Votes
12 months ago

"They ran out of the gold iPhone?! UGHHHHHHH!!"

Now the 3rd world can have 1st world problems. :D


That's rather offensive. You're calling Sweden, Norway, and other European countries "third-world"? I think you need to travel more.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago
2nd wave last year launched midnight London time. Thats still another hr.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 months ago
Supplies are gonna be even more constrained
Rating: 2 Votes
12 months ago
I really think Apple should have called this what it was... a 'pre-order'. Still waiting for my gold iphone here in Australia, our largest telco still doesn't have any stock, hasn't since launch.
Rating: 1 Votes
12 months ago
5c 1/3 days delivery
5s 2/3 weeks but still it's forbidden to say that 5c sold less than Apple expected :D
Rating: 1 Votes
12 months ago
Its ridículos that the second wave of countries already started selling the iphone witha 2 to 3 weeks delivery time. Because of that I didnt buy it!!! Shame on you apple!!! Although the carriers are selling in physical store now here in Portugal but I dono want to buy it locked to a carrier.
Rating: 1 Votes
12 months ago

11AM now in New Zealand time, store is still offline.


Imagine Amazon would go offline every time they add a new product to their database... Either Apple's online shop really sucks or they simply don't grow tired of that little theatrical effect.
Rating: 1 Votes

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