As November 2 is getting closer, it will be not only the date of the iPad mini and fourth generation iPad to go on sale, but it is also an important moment for countries like India and Thailand, starting November 2, they can buy the iPhone 5, reports The Economic Times. Greece, Bulgaria, Malta and Romania are also on the list for November 2.Possibly there will be more countries. Apple had promised that the iPhone 5 in December in 100 countries and 240 operators would be available.
Tim Cook Acknowledgement to Mark Moskowitz analyst from JPMorgan:
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.
For a comparison:
- iPhone 4: First in 5 countries on 24 June 2010, after the end of July another 18 countries and in September a total of 88 countries.
- iPhone 4S: First in 7 countries on October 14, 2011, after the end of October a further 22 countries and more than 70 countries in December.
- iPhone 5: first in 9 countries on September 21, 2012, then on September 28, another 22 countries and in December a total of more than 100 countries.
Why were countries like the Netherlands and Belgium the iPhone in fact already on 28 September? There are theories that it has to do with the fiscal quarter, which ended on September 29, 2012. By ensuring that the iPhone 5 at that date in 31 countries was available, Apple could still have a beautiful record sales. Otherwise, the sale of the iPhone 5 cases largely outside that quarter.
For India is changing the way even more: they can now pay in rupees. The pre-order of the iPhone 5 is expected to begin in the coming days through regional distributors. Apple itself can not open its own stores in India because local law makes it difficult.