Clearly not willing to give doomsday prophecies the time of day, on December 21 Apple rolled the iPhone 5 out to 20 more countries.
It’s now 3 months since the devices’ release, and the latest iPhone instalment has achieved unrivalled success in the smartphone market. Despite the iPhone 5’s tremendous prestige, Friday’s launch was a particularly hushed event that received almost no press coverage at all.
The smartphone was rolled out in the following countries:
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.
Apart from perhaps Egypt, this isn’t really a lucrative gold mine of smartphone customers, and so it’s understandable that this release didn’t really get the same kind of coverage that the U.S and UK releases got. One Vietnamese blog states:
“The iPhone 5 was not too “hot” as the iPhone 4 in Vietnam two years ago. This product only attracted a moderate number of visitors to the store this morning.
Mrs. Thu Ha from Kim Dong Street, Hanoi, said she went to the store at 6am but it was not so hard to wait and queue as two years ago, when she bought the iPhone 4 at a store of Vinaphone.”
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