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iPhone 5 Sells 2 Million Units During Debut China Weekend

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Sales record set in one of Apple's most valuable markets.

Apple's iPhone 5 has sold over two million units during its launch weekend in China, subsequently setting a sales record for the country.

"Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products."

The iPhone 5 became available on Thursday in China, with pre-orders for the device ranging in the hundreds of thousands. Although the region's largest carrier, China Mobile, has yet to offer the device, both China Telecom and China Unicom are offering it to their subscribers.

China is an important market for Apple; it's the firm's second biggest market after the United States and accounts for around 15 percent ($23.8 billion) of the company's revenue for its fiscal year that ended in September.

Upon the iPhone 5's launch in the U.S. during September, it sold over 5 million units in its launch weekend, a million higher than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S. Preceding that was record pre-order figures, with over 2 million consumers reserving the smartphone.

Aside from China, the iPhone 5 will launch in more than 50 other countries by the end of the month. China received the WiFi versions of the iPad Mini and iPad 4 just over two weeks ago.

 

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    zander1983 , December 18, 2012 6:17 AM
    So that is 2 million iphone 5s' that will be used to make knock-offs?
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    fuzzion , December 18, 2012 6:31 AM
    Atleast the dude owning this tech can say my people built it. Sigh.
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    billybobser , December 18, 2012 7:10 AM
    Been working in China for just over a month, when I asked some people why they bought Apple and not the resident Chinese brands, the simple answer was "fashion" in every single case, not hardware, not software, not any service Apple offer.

    The Chinese branded phones are not rubbish either, I've bought at Huaweii out here as the hardware specs are impressive and the price was sub £100. The growing prosperity here is wasteful and very unpatriotic to home based brands.
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    virtualban , December 18, 2012 7:21 AM
    In other news, organ "donations" have an unexplained surplus.
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    MisterZ , December 18, 2012 9:17 AM
    What's the point? You can't even access Youtube in China.
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    vkg1 , December 18, 2012 9:21 AM
    If only Chinese people were nearly as intelligent as Korean people. Extremely sad that they can't see that they have been fooled.
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    CrArC , December 18, 2012 9:41 AM
    MisterZWhat's the point? You can't even access Youtube in China.
    Just as well there's no native YouTube app any more, heheh.
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    Anonymous , December 18, 2012 10:44 AM
    The China Organ Black Market was just flooded with 2 Million Kidneys.
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    saturnus , December 18, 2012 12:35 PM
    Very disappointing sales figures for Apple. Even though it might be a record sale over a single weekend. The previous record holders were all in the same ball-part at they were all android phones. 2 million more iOS devides means that the market share climbs to 3.8% of the Chinese smartphone market. It's no wonder the Apple stock continues it's free fall.
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    technologyprice , December 18, 2012 12:53 PM
    Apple is going to break all the records with the help of
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    technologyprice , December 18, 2012 12:54 PM
    Apple is going to break all the records with the help of Apple iPhone 5
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    wemakeourfuture , December 18, 2012 1:53 PM
    saturnusVery disappointing sales figures for Apple. Even though it might be a record sale over a single weekend. The previous record holders were all in the same ball-part at they were all android phones. 2 million more iOS devides means that the market share climbs to 3.8% of the Chinese smartphone market. It's no wonder the Apple stock continues it's free fall.


    Name any other Android flagship that even comes close to these sales figures?
    Android has 90% marketshare in China because they are mostly the ~$100USD Android phone, not because of S3 and Note II.

    Apple makes more money in China than any large Android Manufacturer that is not a Chinese company.

    I'll take < 5% marketshare in a country that is 1.3 billion and generates billions in profit each year, versus 12-15% as Samsung and make a fraction of the profit as Apple in China since they're mostly selling $100 USD phones.
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    Azn Cracker , December 18, 2012 2:13 PM
    billybobserBeen working in China for just over a month, when I asked some people why they bought Apple and not the resident Chinese brands, the simple answer was "fashion" in every single case, not hardware, not software, not any service Apple offer.The Chinese branded phones are not rubbish either, I've bought at Huaweii out here as the hardware specs are impressive and the price was sub £100. The growing prosperity here is wasteful and very unpatriotic to home based brands.

    Reminds me of the US
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    wemakeourfuture , December 18, 2012 3:16 PM
    billybobserBeen working in China for just over a month, when I asked some people why they bought Apple and not the resident Chinese brands, the simple answer was "fashion" in every single case, not hardware, not software, not any service Apple offer.The Chinese branded phones are not rubbish either, I've bought at Huaweii out here as the hardware specs are impressive and the price was sub £100. The growing prosperity here is wasteful and very unpatriotic to home based brands.


    So in theory US residents should only buy Apple otherwise they are being unpatriotic to their home based brand?

    Is it ok if a Chinese person pays the same or about $50 less to buy a Samsung Note II or S3 or is that also unpatriotic and wasteful since Samsung is a foreign company and its as expensive as an iPhone?
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    Anonymous , December 21, 2012 3:57 AM
    Hello?
    First of all congrats to Apple for getting a successful market sale in the first month of china. i will appreciate china on becoming the second biggest market sale after U.S.
    Congrats.
    Their is no doubt that the iPhone will rock this world in next days that is going to release iPhone 5 in nxt 50 countries.

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