Today Apple announced that it will release the iPhone 5 in South Korea and more than 50 other countries in December.
South Korea will get the iPhone 5 on December 7, just one week before China will get the new iOS smartphone. Other countries including Brazil, Chile, Israel, Russia, and South Africa will receive the phone on December 14. On December 21 Apple will release the iPhone 5 in Vietnam, Egypt, Kenya, and Ivory Coast, among other countries, most in Africa.
With this announcement about 100 countries will have the iPhone 5 by the end of 2012. Apple currently offers the iPhone 5 in 47 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
As Apple brings the iPhone 5 to more countries stock for the smartphone is slowly replenishing in other countries. Apple is now shipping new iPhones in just a few business days instead of weeks after users order one online. The device is also available in some stores with no waits.
The iPhone 5 is Apple’s first smartphone with 4G LTE capabilities, though not every country offers 4G LTE. In those countries the iPhone 5 will use HSPA+ and DC-HSPA+ for faster data speeds.
The iPhone 5 is available in black and white in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models in every country. Apple doesn’t break down prices per country, only stating that iPhone 5s start at $199 USD on a two-tear contract with each increase in storage adding $100 to the price.
The iPhone 5 is also the first iPhone to use a 4-inch 16:9 display. Previous iPhones used a 3:2 3.5-inch display. The new display adds an extra row of icons and eliminates the black bars above and below movies when viewing widescreen video. The new screen can still run apps made for older iPhones, though it letterboxes them in the center of the screen.
Apple first released the iPhone 5 in September when it came to the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and other countries.