Boy, that didn’t take long. When Apple began accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 4S in Hong Kong on Friday, it took a span of just ten minutes for the handset to sell out completely. This rapid sell out of iPhone 4S pre-orders in Hong Kong is a testament to the growing impact that mainland China and its surrounding regions has on Apple.
AppleInsider reports that in Apple’s September quarter, Greater China accounted for $4.5 billion in revenue, which represented 16 percent of the company’s total sales. Perhaps the most shocking thing about the iPhone 4S selling out in Hong Kong after just one sixth of an hour is that the handset’s most anticipated feature, Siri voice recognition, currently doesn’t recognize Japanese, Korean, Cantonese, or Mandarin; however, Apple promises support for these languages in 2012.
“In our view, this is a very positive sign for iPhone 4S demand in Greater China has Hong Kong represents the first entry of the new smartphone in the rapidly growing region, and we expect the 4S to reach Mainland China in December,” said Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White in a note to investors on Monday.