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iPhone 5 to debut in 50+ countries in December

Apple has announced the iPhone 5 will debut in South Korea on Friday, Dec. 7, as more than 50 additional countries will get the device in December. Most notably, the iPhone 5 will debut in Brazil, Russia, Taiwan, and other countries on Dec. 14, coinciding with the previously-announced Chinese debut on that date. It will also arrive in Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Chile, 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 December 14.

The phone will arrive in Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, and Vietnam on Dec. 21, along with Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, and Uganda. These will be in addition to the 47 countries where the iPhone 5 is already available.

Moscow event could be Russian iTunes launch

Apple will be hosting an invitation-only event in Moscow Tuesday, according to an email obtained by TechCrunch, and it’s possible the event could be the long-awaited launch of iTunes in Russia. A recent report from Russian news service RIA Novosti claims the iTunes launch was “delayed indefinitely” after rumors the service would debut on Nov. 20. Russia could be a major market for Apple, as the country doesn’t have major smartphone penetration as of yet, and Android devices are currently more popular; piracy has long been a problem in the country, however. Negotiations with music labels for store rights have allegedly held up the iTunes launch.

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