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Old Oct 24, 2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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Apple Shutting Down Apple Online Stores Around the World to Prepare for iPhone 5s/5c Launch in 35 Additional Countries




As expected, Apple has begun taking Apple Online Stores around the world offline as it prepares for its second wave of iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launches on October 25. First announced in early October, this second launch will bring Apple's newest iPhones to 35 additional countries, including India, Mexico, and Russia.

As noted by 9to5Mac, consumers around the world are lining up at Apple Stores hoping to purchase a new iPhone. The launch will kick off in New Zealand first, where it is just after 10:30 AM on October 25.

Countries receiving the iPhones today include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, French West Indies, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand.

On November 1, the rollout will be extended to the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

Following Apple's third launch on November 1, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c will be available in more than 60 countries, bringing Apple closer to its stated target of availability in 100 countries before the end of the year.

Supplies of the iPhone 5s remain constrained, with shipping times in the United States and a number of other first wave launch countries still at two to three weeks. Supplies of the iPhone 5c, however, remain plentiful, with estimated shipping times of 24 hours.

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Old Oct 24, 2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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"They ran out of the gold iPhone?! UGHHHHHHH!!"

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Old Oct 24, 2013, 04:41 PM   #5
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To the countries where the iPhone is already selling: Did the store come back on at midnight? Think about staying up.
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Supplies are gonna be even more constrained
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Does anyone know what time (locally) the stores are meant to be back up?
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Old Oct 24, 2013, 04:43 PM   #8
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To the countries where the iPhone is already selling: Did the store come back on at midnight? Think about staying up.
At present in NZ you can only buy from Telecom or Vodafone; the new phones were not available for purchase on the Apple Store site before it went down.

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Old Oct 24, 2013, 04:48 PM   #9
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Crappy part of all this is my girlfriend is STILL waiting for her US launch 32gb gold 5S that was ordered 3-4 days after the US launch!

Ugh...

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I want to see pics of the lines at the Moscow Apple stores There any in sight of Red Square?
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India launch on Nov 1st

Word is that it'll cost almost $200 USD more here in India compared to US for any model... sucky!!!!
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11AM now in New Zealand time, store is still offline.
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11AM now in New Zealand time, store is still offline.
Midnight where I am, I'm staying awake for at least another hour
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it's 11 am @ portugal. I guess we're waiting for that.
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Old Oct 24, 2013, 05:03 PM   #16
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The AU store is up... why do they need to shut stores in countries not affected?

Just imagine if this happened in the real world, you local supermarket closing because they need to add new stock in China
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The AU store is up...
Hey, be considerate. My friend in New Zealand has been waiting for weeks for this very moment.
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2nd wave last year launched midnight London time. Thats still another hr.
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At present in NZ you can only buy from Telecom or Vodafone; the new phones were not listed on the Apple Store site before it went down.
This is not true. The iPhone 5S was listed, contract-free and unlocked for $1049 NZD outright on Apple's NZ online store before it went down.
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Bummer, was hoping that they were down to update to allow iPad pre-orders.
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Bummer, was hoping that they were down to update to allow iPad pre-orders.
Not gonna happen. Just line up on November 1.
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Belgium here. 00:23h . Need to get some sleep, but waiting for this freaking phone.

Will it actually make a difference if we buy it now or buy it in the morning??
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Will it actually make a difference if we buy it now or buy it in the morning??
There will be no phones left in the morning.
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November 1 Date is Wrong for Saudi Arabia , UAE and Behrein Apple Have delayed the launch in Saudi Arabia UAE and Bharin Now official Launch Date is November 3
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There will be no phones left in the morning.
There is no guaranty there will be stock even if you order it in the first minute of the store coming online. One can only keep fingers crossed and hope Apple is being lenient...
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