Apple took its sweet time before unleashing the iPhone 5 fury in China, the biggest worldwide mobile market right now, but everything worked out fine for Cupertino. Though Chinese tech enthusiasts had to wait almost three months more than other folks to get the hottest smartphone around, they didn’t mind in the least and bought two million units in the first three days.
That might not seem too impressive if we take into account two other figures. China has a population of over 1.3 billion, so 2 million is just a blip on the radar. Also, Apple sold five million iPhone 5s in the US during the handheld’s opening weekend, and the States have a population of just 315 million people.
Then again, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook claims “customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China.” And with no exact figures for previous opening weekends, we have to believe Cook, but also various analysts that say the iPhone 5 exceeded expectations in a market that’s still very focused on budget-friendly phones. So, Apple’s still got it!