Apple has today launched its latest and greatest iPhone 5 in 33 more countries, including China, whose 2nd largest wireless carrier China Unicom received 100,000 online pre-orders last week on 1st day of reservations. Fortune is reporting that the iPhone 5 saw mixed reception in different countries, with China getting a low turnout in chilly weather conditions.
While the iPhone 5 received a warm welcome in Malaysia and Indonesia, seeing long lines and big sales, high prices, extreme cold and a “clunky pre-registration lottery” resulted in a unexpectedly low turnout.
The reception varied widely in the early videos. Malaysians and Indonesians greeted the device in the style to which we’ve become accustomed, with long lines and high-volume hoopla.
According to Apple’s press release, the iPhone 5 was officially released today 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.
Below is a video of the relatively silent iPhone 5 launch in China: