China's iPhone 5 sales in first weekend tops 2 million

China's iPhone 5 sales in first weekend tops 2 million

Summary: Apple announced record sales for its latest handset, marketing its fastest ever rollout in the country.

TOPICS: iPhone, Apple, China

Following Apple's iPhone 5 launch in China on Dec. 14, the Cupertino-based company announced it sold more than two million units of the phone over the weekend.

The response in China had set a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China, Tim Cook, the company's CEO said in a statement on Monday. "China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products," he said.

Apple's latest smartphone had gone on sale in China on Friday. In October, the phone had received regulatory approval for two versions of the iPhone 5--a 3G/GSM version for China Unicom network, and a CDMA version for China Telecom's network. It is however, not available on China Mobile yet, the country's and world's largest telco with more than 600 million subscribers.

Cook also said Apple generated US$23.8 billion in China for its fiscal year ending September, up by over US$10 billion year-on-year, representing a 78 percent rise.

Other than China, the iPhone will be on sale in more than 100 other countries by the end of December. Apple said this makes the iPhone 5 the fastest iPhone rollout ever.



Topics: iPhone, Apple, China

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  • Who to believe?,apple-shares-fall-again.aspx?eid=4&edate=20121217&utm_source=20121217&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter

    This story seems to suggest they didn't sell that well! Go figure!
  • Feeling good for China

    Go Apple!
  • Meh

    Best to describe an istuff launch in a country the size of China to see only 2 millions sales. I bet apple were expecting far better things from the launch. It will be interesting to see where sales go to see if apple can get a decent chunk of the chinese market. In my experience of dealing with the chinese, the majority of the population are as brand motivated and may shun the expense of istuff as it just doesn't offer value for money. Or they may not. Do the chinese get put off by cheap chinese copies?
    Little Old Man
    • damn you edit function

      I meant aren't as brand motivated.
      Little Old Man