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Tech giant Apple Inc. (AAPL) has rolled out its latest range of smartphone, the iPhone 6, across 22 countries few days after the company unveiled the latest OS update to iOS 8 users.
According to the sources, the company is gradually expanding the market for its iPhone 6 as it plans to reach 115 nations by the year-end.
The larger and smarter Apple iPhone 6 was released in the big technology markets including Russia, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. According to the company, over 600 customers thronged outside its Amsterdam store, while 400 people queued outside the Barcelona’s Apple Store for buying iPhone 6.
iPhone 6 and 6 plus broke the previous record by iPhone 5 and 5C by becoming Apple’s largest selling mobile phone device in the first weekend of launch. The latest Apple smartphone models booked a record sale of 10 million units in their first week.
The insiders said that the Cupertino-based company has planned to release the iPhone 6 in the markets of 115 countries by the end of this year. The countries that are included in the current global rollout are: Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Austria and others.
The Cupertino giant received enough criticism from the customers on Wednesday when it rolled out an iOS 8.0.1 update that caused disruption of cellular connections on both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.
Following criticism, Apple was forced to pull out the glitch-ridden iOS update within an hour of launch. The glitch in the OS update left fewer than 40,000 handsets affected. Apple was forced to extend apologies on the social networking site and post a new OS version, iOS 8.0.2, the next day in order to fix the bug.
“We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1,” the company said in a statement.
Another problem that invited fresh criticism for tech giant was sticking of iPhone 6 Plus in the pocket resulting in the bending out of the shape of the device.
According to the company, it has reported only nine complaints regarding the iPhone 6 bending issues.
The analysts, however, feel that the iOS 8 bugs and the bendgate could not hurt the smartphone sales and Apple is expected to generate strong iPhone 6 sales in the coming days with the global rollout of the devices.
Apple’s stocks fell 3.8 percent on Thursday on reports of glitch-ridden iO8 update and the ‘bendgate’ buzz related to its latest iPhone models. The tech giant, however, rallied 2.9 percent on Friday after it released a new version of a software update to check the glitches in iPhones.