updated 09:32 am EDT, Fri June 22, 2012
Most new storefronts in Asia, Africa
As promised at WWDC 2012, Apple has expanded the App Store to 32 more countries. Most of the new storefronts are located in Asia and Africa, though some South Pacific nations have been added, along with Albania and the Ukraine in Europe. The complete list of regions includes Albania, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, the Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritania, the Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Palau, Papua New Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.
In all the App Store is now accessible in 155 distinct regions. That reach is essential if Apple wants to expand iOS device sales, since access to apps is a key marketing point of the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod touch. This week's expansions may hint at near-future rollout plans.