Early this morning Apple CEO Tim Cook released this statement.
“Customer response to our products in China has been off the charts. With the launch in China next week, iPhone 4S will be available in over 90 countries making this our fastest iPhone rollout ever.”
This announcement marks the release of the iPhone 4S in China, and 21 other countries, the other markets are as follows: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, China, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.
As Tim mentioned, this will be the fastest iPhone release ever, China has been quite the cash-cow for Cupertino this past quarter, with a six-fold increase in sales that raked in around $3.8billion.
No announcement was made regarding carries, Unicom remains the sole carrier of the iPhone in China, but expanding beyond this one network could potentially reach a customer base of 1.33billion people.
So the iPhone 4S has been a resounding success with the global market. Overall, they’ve had a pretty good year, and this expansion highlights the demand for their products. Can Apple do better in 2012?