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iPhone 5 heads to South Korea and 50 more countries this month

Apple on Monday morning announced that its iPhone 5 will be making its official debut in more than 50 countries this month, beginning in South Korea this Friday, 7 December.

A week later, on 14 December, the coveted smartphone will be hitting store shelves in 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, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.

Then, on 21 December it will be available in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda, and Vietnam.

The iPhone 5 will be available online via Apple's website, as well as in Apple Stores. The phone went on sale on 21 September in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It is currently available in 47 countries.

The iPhone 5 boasts a 4in Retina display, which is the same width but taller than its predecessor. Other new features include 4G LTE connectivity, a faster A6 processor, and a smaller dock connector. Overall, the iPhone 5 is made entirely of glass and aluminium, and is 20 per cent lighter and 18 per cent thinner than the iPhone 4S.

Apple also began selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5 in the US last week.

Furthermore, Apple will start selling the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad in China come 7 December. Residents who want to nab a new Apple gadget in stores, however, need to make a reservation to avoid the mob scenes that have plagued previous Apple launches there.