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iPhone 5S, 5C launching in more countries soon while retailers cut Apple smartphone prices

Apple's new iPhone lineup will land in 35 additional countries starting later this month.

On 25 October, Apple's flagship 5S and 5C smartphones will be available in 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.

A week later, on 1 November, the devices will reach customers in Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Colombia, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, India, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the UAE.

The iPhone 5S and 5C are already available in the UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the US.

The Cupertino firm unveiled its next-generation smartphones in early September: the iPhone 5S is available in a new gold colour and sports Apple's A7 64-bit chip, plus an improved camera, and the Touch ID fingerprint-based security option.

Its slightly lower-cost counterpart, the iPhone 5C, is sold in five flavours — green, blue, yellow, pink, and white — with a surprisingly high price tag of £469 for 16GB. Aside from its eye-popping colours, the 5C also sports a 4in Retina display, an 8-megapixel iSight camera, and a new FaceTime HD front cam.

Apple sold 9 million new iPhones in three days immediately after they launched, crushing previous records. With that demand, though, came a lack of supply. The gold iPhone 5S became such a hot commodity that shipments of the champagne-hued smartphone were delayed for several weeks.

A handful of US retailers have already dropped the price of the new plastic iPhone 5C. Best Buy last week began offering a free $50 gift card with the purchase of a 5C with two-year carrier agreement. Days later, Walmart and RadioShack offered similar promotions.

Meanwhile, Apple is rumoured to be holding a press event on 22 October to reveal its new iPad lineup, but the company has not yet made any announcements.