Following an important debut in China yesterday, Apple on Friday rolled out the iPhone 5 to an additional 33 countries. In addition to the 1.33 billion people market of China, the device is now available in Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, 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. Go past the fold for nice launch clips from around the world…

As The Wall Street Journal reports, the China launch was unusually quiet and wasn’t accompanied by the usual scenes of long lines stretching around the block, likely due to a rare snow and Apple’s reservation system designed to thwart scalpers.

The competitive lottery system was difficult to circumvent as one customer who used four different identities to apply for phones was only given an appointment for one.

At 8 am on Friday, when the store opened to hurrahs from employees, only two consumers stood inside a cordon set up by Apple, though they were joined by a desultory snow man someone had made on a bench near the entrance.

It’s not clear how much of the low turnout was attributable to the weather, how much to slack initial excitement for the device, and how much to the steps Apple has taken to smooth out the process of releasing products in China.

Here’s WSJ’s video.

And three more.

Apple is set to open its third flagship store in Hong Kong tomorrow, which should help with sales as the company has only a few retail stores across Hong Kong and mainland China, or approximately one store per more than each 200 million people.

Hong Kong’s new Hysan Place Apple Store spans three stories and 9to5Mac has a nice image gallery up, here’s what it looks like.

The place is stunning, no?

Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune shared a few launch videos from Philippines and Malaysia, where a lot of people turned for the launch, with long lines, cheering and clapping. Malaysia video is at the article top, here’s another one.

And this is how the launch went down in Philippines.


And the flagship Apple Store in Shaghai.

According to Apple, a week from today the iPhone 5 completes its world tour with arrivals in 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.

By the time we wrap up 2012, the device should be available in a hundred countries across the world and through more than 240 carriers.

Has the iPhone 5 launched in your country?

Did you stay in line?

If so, tell us about your experience down in the comments.

  • i dont understand how people stand in these long lines for the same shitty phone every year. ITS HALF AN INCH BIGGER!!! WOW!!!

    • Sometimes good product is just good product.

      • sometimes ignorant people are just ignorant 😛

      • Sometimes I don’t understand why fandroids enter to iDB…

      • cause they are sad and mad

      • android is what you get when you just want a phone… iphone s what you get when you want the best…

      • yea the best piece of shit on the market that you pay for every year 😛

    • get lost

    • Lol androirds need 100 different devices to compite against iphone pathetic

      • its actually 250… and 245 of them are complete shit… loloolo

    • yup half inch bigger and 1000000 miles more popular than all android phones and that makes you MAD and SAD… ahhahahahhahahhahahahahah

    • Sometimes people buy androids because they dont have the money for an iphone.

  • thepies

    MALAYSIA! woohoo!


  • tggt00

    ISRAEL! yay!!

  • Mohammed Sahib

    It will never launch in Iraq, as usual 🙁

  • iPhone is an international monster… humans love the damn thing and not a single android phone get this much love at alll….

  • Milo

    Wad’s so special about it? I got mine 3 mths back and now i think i’m selling it soon.

  • dady king

    Any idea a good apple store in Mumbai, India?

  • its selling like hot cakes all over the world, but people here r nt as excited anymore, even the tourists formed part of the long queues coz here is among the very first mkts to be launched

  • Daniel

    What about Venezuela? I didn’t see anyone with one today…

  • The iPhone gets so much love! If only we also have an Apple Store here in the Philippines…

  • When in srilanka