In spite of the launch of the iPhone 5 by the end of last 2012 in China, Apple’s iPhone 5 market share in the nation barely grew during the fourth quarter last year, according to Canalys the research firm.
iPhone 5 is currently the lightest and thinnest iPhone model. After a total re-design, it is equipped with a newly-made 4-inch Retina display and an Apple’s self-designed ultrafast A6 chip, and it supports speedy wireless technology. The combination of all these performances provides even a longer battery life. iPhone 5 runs iOS 6 system, which includes more than 200 new features, new-function-added Siri included and Mandarin supported.
It is difficult to compare the sales data to that of iPhone 4S during the launch last year. And the popularity of iPhone 5 is not enough to support Apple’s penetrating China’s smartphone market share. However, Apple believes that “iPhone 5 is enjoying a much stronger launch than its predecessors”, and the availability of iPhone 5 in over 100 countries by the end of December will make 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. China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products.” said Tim Cook in the press release.