Dec. 17: Apple has sought to counter speculation that the iPhone 5 received a lukewarm reception in the Chinese market by revealing it sold two million handsets in the first three days.
The device went on sale on Friday and prompted reports of quiet relatively Apple Stores, in contrast to the introduction of the iPhone 4S, which almost led to riots in January. In a statement, Apple sought to reassure investors by announcing the iPhone 5 had broken sales records in China. Comparable first weekend sales figures for the iPhone 4S are not available.
“Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China,” said chief executive Tim Cook.
“China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products,” said Cook. The apparently defensive disclosure came after analysts said they did not expect the iPhone 5 to do as well in China as previous Apple devices, in part because of stronger local competition.