Move Aside, Android: iPhone 5 Sales Top Two Million in China Over Launch Weekend

Apple already dominates the United States smartphone market with the iPhone, but its presence in China remains rather insignificant. So, that’s why it’s great news for Apple to announce that is has sold two million iPhone 5 units during the device’s launch weekend in the world’s most populous country.

In particular, it is important because of Android’s staggering market share lead in China. It is estimated that over 90 percent of smartphones sold in China run Android, which translates to a very low iPhone presence in the country. But, perhaps, the iPhone is finally gaining momentum in the country populated by a staggering 1.3 billion people.

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.”

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