FORTUNE -- Some analysts were concerned last Friday -- with holiday buying in full swing and just one month left in the year -- when Apple (AAPL) announced that the iPhone was available for sale in only 47 countries. That was 53 countries short of the company's self-imposed target of 100 countries by December.
Would Tim Cook -- Apple's master logistician -- manage to pull it off?
Wall Street didn't have to wait long for an answer. On Monday, Apple issued another press release announcing that the iPhone 5 will be available in South Korea on Dec. 7 and more than 50 additional countries by Dec. 21. That puts Apple right on target -- or one over, depending on how you count Antigua and Barbuda.
But it also means that potential buyers who have to wait until Dec. 14 or Dec. 21, according to Apple's new schedule (below), to order the iPhone 5 may not actually get the thing until after Christmas.
The list of new countries from Apple's Monday press release:
iPhone 5 will be available in South Korea on Friday, December 7 and on Friday, December 14 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. iPhone 5 will also be available on Friday, December 21 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.
After suffering severe product shortages -- and frustrating untold numbers of would-be buyers -- Apple by fits and starts seems to be getting its iPhone 3G supplies in order.
Thanks to a pair of free tools that have emerged to take advantage of Apple's raw data feed of store-by-store availability, we're getting a much better picture of the company's supply and distribution problems than is afforded by the availability widget on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 24, 2008 8:04 AM ET
Well, not quite. As of Sunday 9 p.m., according to Apple's (AAPL) availability widget, there were three stores in the United States that still had iPhone 3Gs in stock:
New York City, Fifth Avenue: White 16GB only
Pleasanton, Calif., Stoneridge Mall: Black 16GB only
Salem, N.H., Rockingham Park: White 16GB only
What would the world look like without that widget? Below the fold, Justine Ezarik (iJustine) gives us a peek:Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 21, 2008 3:51 AM ET
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