iPhone 5 Sells 2 Million Units During Debut China Weekend

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
    So that is 2 million iphone 5s' that will be used to make knock-offs?
  • fuzzion
    Atleast the dude owning this tech can say my people built it. Sigh.
  • billybobser
    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.
  • virtualban
    In other news, organ "donations" have an unexplained surplus.
  • MisterZ
    What's the point? You can't even access Youtube in China.
  • vkg1
    If only Chinese people were nearly as intelligent as Korean people. Extremely sad that they can't see that they have been fooled.
  • CrArC
    MisterZWhat's the point? You can't even access Youtube in China.Just as well there's no native YouTube app any more, heheh.
  • The China Organ Black Market was just flooded with 2 Million Kidneys.
  • saturnus
    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.
  • technologyprice
    Apple is going to break all the records with the help of