The iPhone 5S and 5C will go on sale in 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 October 25. The phones will become available in Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates a week later.
Earlier this week, rumors about Apple’s international expansion plans for its Pandora (NYSE:P) competing service iTunes Radio began spreading after Apple posted a job opening for an “iTunes Canada Music Programmer.” Although no official announcements have been made, according to people familiar with the matter, iTunes Radio will expand into Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K. by early 2014. The move will give iTunes Radio a huge leg up on Pandora, which is currently only available in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. Apple’s iTunes Radio was released along with iOS 7.
Apple smashed sales records when it released the new iPhones in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the U.K. on September 20. The company sold 9 million of the devices in their opening weekend, selling out of the 5S completely. Despite initial analyst disappointment with the higher than expected cost of the 5C, Apple still sold the not-so-cheap phones like hotcakes.
Driving those high sales was growth in China and Japan. This was the first iPhone launch that happened simultaneously in China, Japan, and the U.S., as the Asian countries usually gain access to the phones after consumers in the U.S. The high cost of the phones didn’t deter buyers as much as had been expected, and those unexpectedly high sales numbers have caused analysts to revise their forecasts for Apple’s third quarter upwards. Research firm IDC has even suggested that the new phones will help Apple’s growth in China double in the next year. Apple’s hoping that the iPhone 5S and 5C will be as successful in other emerging markets as well.
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