With a press release, Apple just announced a second round of international launches for the iPhone 5s and 5c on Friday, October 25 and Friday, November 1:
Apple today announced iPhone 5s, the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, and iPhone 5c, the most colorful iPhone yet, will be available in Italy, Russia, Spain and more than 25 additional countries on Friday, October 25. iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will also be available in more than a dozen countries on Friday, November 1, including India and Mexico.
The iPhone 5s and 5c are launching in 35 countries on October 25:
- Czech Republic
- French West Indies
- New Zealand
- Reunion Island
- South Korea
Apple has also announced that 16 more countries will follow on Friday, November 1:
- El Salvador
- Saudi Arabia
The iPhone 5s was first released in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK on Friday, September 20. After November 1, the iPhone 5s will be available in 62 countries; at last month’s media event, Apple announced their intention to launch the 5s in 100 countries by the end of 2013. With today’s announcement, Apple will go from 0 to 62 countries in 52 days since announcement (September 10 to November 1); you can compare this to last year’s iPhone rollout to see differences between the iPhone 5 and 5s/5c launches.
On September 23, Apple announced that iPhone 5s and 5c sales had topped 9 million units over the opening weekend.
Update: Here’s a chart showing all iPhone rollouts courtesy of Graham Spencer (click for full size).
As you can see, the iPhone 5s and 5c have the biggest launch day with 11 countries (the iPhone 5 had 9) that, this year, included China for the first time. The new iPhones ramp up to add more countries, having one of the slowest rollouts until 40 days after the announcement. 52 days after announcement, the iPhone 5s and 5c have the fastest international rollout to date with availability in 62 countries.