Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Monday announced that iPhone 5 will be available in more than 5o countries this month, beginning with South Korea this Friday, Dec 7. Following another week later, Apple’s flagship smartphone will be hitting the retail stores 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, as reported by Apple in their official press release.

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According to Apple, iPhone 5 is presently available in 47 countries across the world, including Australia, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Honk Kong, Japan, and the UK.

“iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, with over 200 new features including: Shared Photo Streams, Facebook integration, all-new Maps app, Passbook® organization, and even more Siri® features and languages.” says Apple.

These additional countries that are set to gain access to iPhone 5 include China, which, as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced earlier, will receive official access to iPhone 5 on December 14.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s press release also gives a list of the rest of the countries to gain access to iPhone 5 on Friday, December 21. Here is the list of those countries;

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.

iPhone 5 will be available for sale online via Apple’s website, Apple official retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Apple has started to look for ways to expand the availability of iPhone 5, as it has reportedly overcome the supply chain issues faced by the company lately.

According to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), iPhone 4S is available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 is available for free with a two-year contract from participating carriers.