iPhone 5: First weekend sales in China top two million
Apple sets a new record in China, despite appearance of slow start
Apple churned out more than two million units of the iPhone 5 during its first weekend of sales in China. We're certainly accustomed to the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant reaching record high numbers like this in the smartphone market, but we were a bit skeptical this time around.
After all, it was just Friday that we heard of a rather glum turnout on day one of sales at Apple's flagship Beijing store. Perhaps now we really can chalk up the lackadaisical launch to unfortunate weather. That, and Apple's new, riot-reducing requirement of applying for products ahead of time. In any case, those two things combined didn't stop fans from contributing to the two million mark in just three days.
“Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China. China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a company release. According to Reuters, this is the first time that Apple has announced China sales for its iPhone.
The next iPhone 5 batch will be released this Friday, Dec. 21 in: Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda, and Vietnam. That will increase Apple's iPhone 5 availability dramatically, bringing it up to 100 markets by the end of December.