) new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S will be expanding to 25 more
countries, bringing the total to 62. Those 25 countries include
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia,
South Korea, and Thailand, among others (you can see the full list
Moreover, another set of countries, including Albania, Guam, and
Turkey, will receive the new iPhones on Friday, November 1. With
the gradual rollouts, Apple looks set to easily hit its goal of new
iPhones in 100 countries by December.
Stateside, 5S supply has not been able to meet demand, particularly
for the popular gold model. However, if Apple is continuing to
release the new phones across the world over the next few weeks,
Tim Cook is likely confident that demand can be met (and stoked).
More confusing news is coming this morning from Apple's major
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF). According to Killian Bell of Cult of Android, a
press release went out this morning announcing that the company has
acquired the fingerprint-scanning firm
(STO:FING-B) for $650 million. This seems like a natural move as
Apple's fingerprint scanner is one of the most-hyped new features
of its premium iPhone 5S. However, it seems that the press release
was false, as both Samsung and Fingerprint Cards have denied any
Samsung has said that the news is "just a groundless rumor," and
), a Swedish software company that develops marketing and PR
solutions, published the press release this morning. The press
release even had quotes from Samsung CEO Kwon Oh-Hyun and
Fingerprint Cards CEO Johan Carlstrom that were likely fabricated.
It has been suggest that the release was created to manipulate
share prices. Indeed, Fingerprint Card's
jumped from $53 to almost $80 per share before returning to its
previous level once the release was verified as false. Trading has
been suspended this morning.
In an authentic press release, Fingerprint Cards said, "The
previous press release was not sent by Fingerprint Cards AB.
Trading in the share has been suspended. What has happened will be
reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory
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