iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus go on sale in 36 more countries

Apple's new smartphones will be on sale in 115 countries by the end of the year, the company has said.

Apple will start selling its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in another 36 countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa by the end of October.

The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones will be available in a total of 69 countries and territories by the end of the month and 115 countries by the end of the year — it's fastest-ever handset sales push, says Apple.

As of this Friday — 17 October — the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be on sale in China, India and Monaco, and by Thursday 23 October it will reach Israel. By the next day it will reach Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa.

Thursday 30 October sees the devices go on sale in Bahrain and Kuwait, and by 31 October they will be available in Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Thailand.

Apple's latest handsets went on sale in the US on 19 September. Late last month Apple said it had  sold 10 million handsets in the first three days .

Apple's faster rollout of its new devices into new markets is perhaps a reflection of how the smartphone market is evolving. As Western smartphone markets approach saturation point, emerging markets are becoming more important for all smartphone makers. China in particular is both a massive potential market but also the source of fast-moving new rivals with cheaper handsets.

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