Multiple websites report that Apple will release the iPhone 5 in India and at least 8 other countries on November 2, including: Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Mexico Bulgaria, Malta, Romania, and Thailand. The iPhone 5 will be available in 100 countries by the end of the year.
In Apple’s earnings conference call yesterday, CEO Tim Cook acknowledging in response to a question from JPMorgan analyst Mark Moskowitz that schedules are somewhat fluid based on supply and demand.
What we did initially, Mark, was we planned the first 30-40 countries prior to introducing the product and rolled those out across September on two different dates. The balance of the quarter we planned with an eye toward the supply and what we think the demand will be, but we do plan these in advance and so it is not a precise science. And we obviously have to plan those with several weeks of notice and so occasionally it can be different than what we think.
In the same conference call Apple noted that the iPhone 5 will be available in at least 100 countries by the end of the year, although many of those additions will not be coming until December.