There were hints that the iPhone 5 launch in China were going to underwhelm. Lines at particular stores were low in numbers, but seemingly, the webosphere was watching the wrong stores. Apple announced earlier this morning that it had sold an impressive 2 million iPhone 5s in China over the past weekend. To put that in to context: when the device launched (and sold out) in 12 countries worldwide in September, Apple sold 5 million of them over the same length of time. One country – almost half the total of the worldwide launch.
BEIJING—December 17, 2012—Apple® today announced it has sold over two million of its new iPhone® 5 in China, just three days after its launch on December 14. iPhone 5 will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December, making it the fastest iPhone rollout ever.
“Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products.”
With Apple still not having partnered with China Mobile (the world’s biggest carrier with over 700 million subscribers) yet, this is only the beginning for the iPhone.