China: Two million iPhone 5s sold
17 December 2012, 14:46
Beijing - Apple Inc sold more than two million of its latest iPhone 5 model in the first three days after its debut in China, the company said on Monday.
"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 chief executive.
"China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products," Cook said.
The iPhone 5 made a relatively quiet debut at Apple stores in China on Friday, following chaos at the launch of the iPhone 4S in January.
State media said many buyers went to Apple's partners, China Telecom and China Unicom, to take advantage of broadband packages offered with the iPhone 5.
Apple said the iPhone 5 would be marketed in more than 100 countries by the end of this month, "making it the fastest iPhone rollout ever".
Apple ranked sixth for sales of smart phones in China in the third quarter of this year, with about 7% of total sales, US-based IT research firm IDC reported.