iPhone 5 off to strong start in China

After initial reports out of China suggested Apple's iPhone 5 launch was somewhat muted, first weekend sales statistics show that the redesigned smartphone topped 2 million, representing approximately 1.5 phones sold per 1,000 inhabitants. 

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The following report from Asymco breaks down Apple's iPhone and iPad launch history through various generations of each product, revealing that the iPhone 5 launch in China has been largely a success in consideration of its release a month earlier than the iPhone 4S, using the same timeframe. 

Also notable about the iPhone 5 launch in China are the higher sale price and lesser penetration of 3G networks than in other countries, making the current figures particularly impressive. 

Several industry analysts have offered their perspectives on the implications China launch for CNN Money

Per Topeka's Brian White:

"With the Chinese New Year beginning on February 10 and shopping season starting in January, Apple has the two hottest products (i.e., iPhone 5 and iPad mini) in the world available for the Chinese consumers... We have previously indicated that we expected a big uptick in China demand with the iPhone 5 as we believe both iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S owners will upgrade. The strong iPhone 5 sales this weekend support our view."

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