50 Countries for iPhone 5

(via Mashable)

Without a doubt, the world’s most popular phone is Apple’s iPhone, with the newest model in the iPhone 5.  With international fame, why not release it to more countries? That’s exactly what Apple is planning on doing.  The company recently announced that their newest phone will be released to 50 more countries. The first country on their iPhone 5 world tour is South Korea with a release date of December 7 and will conclude on December 21.

It makes sense that Apple will be releasing the iPhone 5 worldwide because it’s been a dominant force in the smartphone world in the countries that it’s already been released.  However, this might also be a move to increase sales specifically for the iPhone 5 since it did considerably poorly in comparison to other Apple releases like the iPhone 4s.  In fact, the iPhone 5 only made up 68% of Apple’s total iPhone sales most likely due to the lowered prices of the 4s and 4 models.  This might be a wake up call that releasing barely-different models  that cost hundreds of dollars will not always beat a cheaper, not overwhelmingly different nor inferior, model.

World Tour Dates:

Friday, Dec. 7: South Korea

Friday, Dec. 14: Albania, Antigua, Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela

Friday, Dec. 21: Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.