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

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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  • http://www.digitalundivide.com/apple-ipad-iphone-tablet-computers-mac-book-air-free-os-x-and-youtube-video-tour Phone Source

    I don’t know why Chinese are buying so many iPhone’s when they can copy it. They are experts in copying things.

  • pfc_kulapu

    Boycott pa rin ako!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • generalproblem

    there are more billionares and millionaires in china than in US. The chinese still love the iphone than samsung. For them iphone is a status symbol like Gucci and LV bags and samsung is just a normal phone like nokia. They are even smuggling the iphone from hongkong to china thats the reason why next year there will be 3 apple shop in HK.

    • Iggy Ramirez

      US has more than 4 times the number of billionnaires than China. US = 426, China = 95

      The US has six times more millionnaires than China. US = 3,104,000, China = 535,000.

      Check your facts please.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QRINXA32VVBGYMOL66TDVDOKHQ chit g

    yes, big dawg is right … there are many people in china who are rich considering their population he he he

    but dont believe everything you read. the company’s media relations always exaggerates figures

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAUFRN6E4JJ67TDR25KRGR3DFE Zen

    grabe. ano ba pede mabenta sa china? suman kaya? 4 B suman wow.

  • Mel

    Is this news about fake Chinese iPhones? just asking.

    • http://twitter.com/bigg_dawg big dawg

      if you count the fake ones, i htink you’re looking at 20 million units. a lot of people in China are rich beyond your imagination

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