iPhone 5 launch event held in Seoul, S. Korea

2012-12-07 01:49:27 GMT2012-12-07 09:49:27(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English
South Korean children look at the iPhone 5 during the iPhone 5 launch event in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)South Korean children look at the iPhone 5 during the iPhone 5 launch event in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)
Customers purchase iPhone 5 during the iPhone 5 launch event in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)Customers purchase iPhone 5 during the iPhone 5 launch event in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)
South Korean girl group Dal Shabet perform at the iPhone 5 launch event in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)South Korean girl group Dal Shabet perform at the iPhone 5 launch event in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)
The first customer South Korean Ahn Hea-jin (2nd L) poses with her iPhone 5 during the iPhone 5 launch event in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)The first customer South Korean Ahn Hea-jin (2nd L) poses with her iPhone 5 during the iPhone 5 launch event in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)
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Following its Chinese iPad announcements last week, Apple launched the iPhone 5 in South Korea today, releasing the smartphone in more than 50 additional countries across December, The Next Web reports.

The full list of countries set to gain the iPhone 5 on Friday, Dec. 14 are: Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

On Dec 21, the smartphone will then reach the Caribbean and Africa, as the device goes on sale in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

Apple earlier on Monday announced that the iPhone 5 will debut in more than 50 countries this month, including South Korea on Friday, Dec. 7, with Russia and Brazil to follow a week later.

Those additional countries that will gain access to Apple's latest smartphone include China, which Apple announced last week will have the iPhone 5 launch on Dec. 14. The dozens of new countries will join 47 countries where the iPhone 5 is already available for sale.

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