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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Top Rated Comments

TimeSquareDesi Avatar
140 months ago
"They ran out of the gold iPhone?! UGHHHHHHH!!"

Now the 3rd world can have 1st world problems. :D
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DJJAZZYJET Avatar
140 months ago
Time for the money to roll in.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ballis Avatar
140 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.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
petsounds Avatar
140 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.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ballis Avatar
140 months ago
2nd wave last year launched midnight London time. Thats still another hr.
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tymaster50 Avatar
140 months ago
Supplies are gonna be even more constrained
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