The iPhone 5c and in particular, the flagship iPhone 5sseem to have gone down very well with consumers in those initial launch nations, but while the latter has been in very short supply in the likes of the United States, Hong Kong and Australia, many other countries have yet to see the device hit shelves and online retailers. This all looks set to change very soon, though, and in just over three weeks, dozens more will see both handsets, bringing the grand total of official launch nations to more than 50 by November 1st.
October 25th is the date of the second wave of iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launches, and after such a long and eager wait period, anticipation levels in the likes of Italy, Russia and Spain – as well as 25 others, must be hitting fever pitch.
The response from the consumer market, even at this early stage, has been remarkable, with tens of millions units already having been shifted in just under three weeks. At present, it’s still fairly difficult to get hold of the iPhone 5s, particularly the new gold model, and as such, eBay scrapers are continuing to cash in on the desperation of those showier, champagne-enticed early adopters.
The iPhone 5c has faced a great deal of criticism, no less because it is – perhaps not all that surprisingly – not as “budget” as we had hoped. Then again, it has still been selling in the millions, and if the iPad mini – also expected to be a lot cheaper than it eventually was – is anything to go by, it would seem that the colorful device has plenty to offer the smartphone world.
Whether it will successfully reign in those developing markets, as intended, is anybody’s guess, but with Apple now seemingly catching up with demand, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.