Apple is placing iPhone 5 in South Korea on Friday December 7th. China should get their’s by December 14th along with Russia, Brazil, Israel and Taiwan. 54 other countries will receive their shipments before the year’s end.
Apple’s plan of reaching 100 countries in 2012 in falling to place. Tim Cook talking to Wall Street Journal in October mentioned 100 countries reached with Apple’s new iPhone 5 before the end of 2012. Supplies are now meeting demand and iPhone 5 ships within a week. In Australia for example iPhone 5 comes to the door within 2 to 4 days.
Brian White, of Topeka Capital Markets said,
“Capacity is now becoming more widely available and shipment times have plummeted to just one week versus three to four weeks a few weeks ago,”
White also mentioned that iPhone 4S rolled out quicker last year, but Apple’s plan looks good and when all goes well, iPhone 5 roll out will surpass that of iPhone 4S.
“The iPhone 4S was already in 70 countries in the first 63 days of the launch last year versus our estimate of 47 countries for the iPhone 5 over a similar time frame this year,” wrote White. “[But] Apple is on track to reach 101 countries during the first 91 days of the iPhone 5…, better than the 92 countries for the iPhone 4S over a similar time frame.”
Egypt, Morocco and Vietnam should see iPhone 5 in their stores by December 21st.