The iPhone 5 arrives in Samsung’s territory

Jeremiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – Apple has made contact in enemy territory. The Cupertino-based company has recently launched the iPhone 5 on Samsung’s turf of South Korea. Apple has been pushing hard for the iPhone 5 globally and South Korea is the 48th country to welcome the tech giant. Apple is aiming to reach more than 50 markets in December.

Apple immediately received a total of 300,000 requests after receiving reservations for the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 will feature Long Term Evolution (LTE) compatibility in South Korea.

Apple is also set to launch in China this month and one of the country’s network carriers has already received 200,000 reservations for the iPhone 5.

Compared to Apple, Samsung’s latest smartphone offering — the Samsung Galaxy S III — was available in 28 countries once it launched in May. In two months, it was available worldwide in 145 countries. According to estimates, five million iPhone 5 units were sold during the first weekend of its release.

There will be major iPhone launches in a long list of countries on December 14 and 21.

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