China racks up ‘record’ iPhone 5 sales in first weekend


02:23 PM December 17th, 2012

December 17th, 2012 02:23 PM

A storekeeper introduces iPhones to customers near an iPhone 5 advertisement at an Apple products shop in Dongyang, in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Apple released the latest version of its smartphone in China on Friday. AP

WASHINGTON – US tech giant Apple announced Sunday it had sold “more than two million” of the latest model of iPhone after the popular smartphone’s first weekend on the market in the Asian powerhouse.

“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.

Launched at the end of September in the US and nine other countries, the iPhone 5 “will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December, making it the fastest iPhone rollout ever,” the company said.

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