"I don't see any other way to read it other than as a jerk snub to one of Apple's biggest markets. Maybe it's not China or the US in terms of population, but "remote" it is not."
Oh, please. Get over it. Daniel was clearly not referring to the UK as remote islands. He was clearly referring to Isla Mujeres and the US Virgin Islands.
If you read it as a snub, perhaps that says more about your own insecurities.