iPhone connects to dozens of new countries

SAN FRANCISCO -- The latest iPhones will be available in 51 more countries and other locations in coming weeks as Apple seeks to spread its smartphones more widely across the earth.

On Oct. 25, Apple said the new iPhone 5s and 5c will go on sale in 35 locations including Austria, Estonia, French West Indies and Reunion Island, about 500 miles east off the coast of Madagascar.

On Nov. 1, 16 more countries will get the new gadgets, including Albania, Bahrain, India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and UAE, the company added.

The latest iPhone launch is already the most global ever, and so are the devices. The phones are designed to pick up many different types of wireless signal, so that Apple can sell the same models worldwide without having to change they way they are manufactured. This controls the cost of making the gadgets and potentially improves profits.

The first day the new gadgets went on sale they were available in China at the same time - a first for Apple. They are also already available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK.


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