Apple has just announced that its iPhone 4S will land in Hong Kong, South Korea and thirteen additional countries this coming Friday, November 4, when the company will begin taking reservations in those countries (with the exceptions of Albania, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malta, Montenegro and Panama, where pre-orders won’t be available).
The full list of new markets goes as follows: Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania and South Korea.
With the aforementioned countries included, Apple’s device will be available in 44 markets come this Friday. The company re-iterated that iPhone 4S will be available in 70 countries and on a hundred carriers by the end of the year, “our fastest roll out ever”.
Those of you who have visited the Polish Online Apple Store recently might have noticed that Apple has made some changes, the biggest one being the addition of the Apple TV. While most of us were expecting this would happen sooner or later due to movies being added to iTunes we are still surprised that it happened so fast.
You can already buy the Apple TV at a very reasonable price 479 zł, this price is much lower than in most other European countries.
Apple seems focused on marking its mark in Europe recently, first with the launch of its online store in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland.
However, its plans across the Atlantic don’t stop there: the company is also launching its Apple TV in another seven countries from Tuesday.
Those countries that make it on to Apple’s list include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Apple’s memo reads:
All-new Apple TV Now Available for Order in Seven New Countries
We are delighted to announce the all-new Apple TV, with an enhanced user interface and a breakthrough price point, is now available to order in Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
It will be interesting to see how much more expensive the device will be across the pond.
Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolitareports that Apple is set to launch the iTunes Music Store in ten new European Union (EU) countries. While the exact timing of the launch is unknown, sources have indicated that Apple could launch the services “at any time”, possibly as soon as next month.
Furthermore the company also seems to be rolling out access to iTunes movie sales and rentals in a number of European countries where it already offers music content.
Movie from Danish iTunes Store
While Apple has not yet added a dedicated movie section to the iTunes Store in these new markets, but content is accessible through the store’s search function.
In True Apple style, the new online stores are advertised prominently on the respective country-specific main Apple pages, which display welcome messages on top of confetti in each country’s national colors
The new stores allow users to purchase directly from Apple, offering standard Apple pricing for the markets and integration with Apple sales and support services. With the four new stores, Apple now offers online stores for 37 countries, with several of those countries seeing their stores offered in multiple languages.
It will be interesting to see how the local Apple retailers will react to the new Online Apple Store!
Some readers might know that President Obama is on a European tour, and one of his stops included Poland. Before parting, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk gave President Obama several gifts, a usual custom for visiting dignitaries.
One of those gifts was an iPad 2. President Obama already has an iPad 2, but according to TUAW the iPad 2 contained several Polish Goodies, one of them was ‘Cathedral’ by Tomasz Bagiński, which got Oscar nomination several years ago.
Many sites were speculating the release of the iPad in Scandinavia, today Apple has extended the number to a total of eleven countries scattered around the globe: Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan.
Pricing and retail distribution partners vary from country to country, so customers should check with Apple and their favorite retailers regarding availability.