Chinese iPhone 5 launch, over two million first weekend sales

With all the news surrounding Windows Phone and China’s telecoms market, Apple has experienced what can only be described as a successful launch of the iPhone 5 in the country.

Released on December 14th, the iPhone 5 managed to rack up more than two million sales in just three days. With the handset set to be available in more than 100 countries before the end of the year, this is the fastest ever rollout of the iPhone ever.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said:

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.

With the iPhone 5 going on sale in the US, UK, France, Germany and Japan, among others, on September 21st, more than five million devices were shifted during that first weekend launch.

With the next launch on December 24th in countries including Barbados, Senegal and Vietnam, Apple look to be ending the year strongly.

Source: Apple | Image courtesy of CNet

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The local paper actually said the opposite to this being a successful launch, stating on launch queues were shorted than for previous devices.

Yes but that was actually by design. Many jumped the gun reporting the disappointing turnout (lines at stores) without checking up on why.

The Windows Phone fans will try to spin the story any way they can to make their purchase feel better. Microsoft can only dream about a phone (good or bad) that people all over the world salivate at. It's always going to be an uphill battle with them. There are too many Google and Apple fans in this world. In my line of business, I communicate with hundreds of people every week and I have seen two Lumias used by the younger IT guys. On the contrary, I can't count how many iPhone 5 users and Galaxy 3 users I've seen. Good luck Microsoft!

Well let me please ruin your joy. Considering the USA has 350M people and we had a 5M sell weekend, kinda makes China look sad, especially since Shanghai has over 1B people who live there. LOL

It's hilarious you're actually comparing the United States with China and think the city of Shanghai has a population of one billion. The joke is on you really.

The population of China as a country is estimated somewhere around the 1 billion mark (I think). The world bank stats for 2008 (from wiki) say that 948 million people live on less than $5 US a day (not sure if that is earning)... so realistically China won't see the same kind of adoption of a new device as western countries.

Apple has experienced what can only be described as a successful launch of the iPhone 5 in the country

If it was so successful then how come Apple's share price tanked upon the release of the Chinese sales figures? The reality is that it significantly underperformed expectations, which classes it as an unsuccessful launch. It's all relative.

theyarecomingforyou said,

If it was so successful then how come Apple's share price tanked upon the release of the Chinese sales figures? The reality is that it significantly underperformed expectations, which classes it as an unsuccessful launch. It's all relative.

Actually the reality of it was that there was unrealistic expectations for the launch of the 5. I think they were expecting 10 million sales in the US, which is ridiculous. Investors wanted the stock to hit $1k per share and the only way for that to happen is for insane goals to be set and hope that Apple hits it. It didn't happen and now we're back to reality.

If the 5 was an unsuccessful launch, then the S3 and Note 2 are the dog sh*t on the iPhone's shoes...

their share is down 0.72% right now.. I would not call that tanking... LOL

their share was down initially because CITIBANK lowered their price target and dropped it from a buy to a hold..

theyarecomingforyou said,

If it was so successful then how come Apple's share price tanked upon the release of the Chinese sales figures? The reality is that it significantly underperformed expectations, which classes it as an unsuccessful launch. It's all relative.

Because they expected more?!

Astra.Xtreme said,

Actually the reality of it was that there was unrealistic expectations for the launch of the 5. I think they were expecting 10 million sales in the US, which is ridiculous. Investors wanted the stock to hit $1k per share and the only way for that to happen is for insane goals to be set and hope that Apple hits it. It didn't happen and now we're back to reality.

If the 5 was an unsuccessful launch, then the S3 and Note 2 are the dog sh*t on the iPhone's shoes...

Yet Samsung sold more GS3's last quarter compared to iPhone 4S and 5 sales combined....justsayin#

Astra.Xtreme said,

Actually the reality of it was that there was unrealistic expectations for the launch of the 5. I think they were expecting 10 million sales in the US, which is ridiculous. Investors wanted the stock to hit $1k per share and the only way for that to happen is for insane goals to be set and hope that Apple hits it. It didn't happen and now we're back to reality.

If the 5 was an unsuccessful launch, then the S3 and Note 2 are the dog sh*t on the iPhone's shoes...

The iPhone 5 could have likely had 10M sales if:

A - They had actually made a new phone
B - If they didnt remove Google Maps for a worthless Maps app that give bad directions
C - if devices didnt arrive bent
D - if the 5 actually had new features which it really didnt
E - all of the above

I tell you what, compare the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5 vs the Galaxy S III to the Galaxy S II and the original Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note II and see who really got there monies worth.

I'd say Samsung users got the better option in both cases, while you as a fanboy got a half-assed, half-baked Alaska yet again. That's 2 device back to back that offered no major benefit over the previous model yet you ding-bat slaves ran out an bought them.

The Galaxy SIII vs the II was BIGGER, contain over 25 new capabilities not found in the GS2 at all, some features of the GS3 also came from the GS2 on top of that. Then the OS received nearly 200 improvements.

Then it has a high resolution, (tho the GS2 screen is better) bigger screen, better cameras, more CPU power in a quad vs dual (depending on model purchased), 2GB of RAm vs 1GB and thew list goes on.

What did iPhone 5 get over the 4S? A screen that was .5" taller, same case design, same cameras with 2 added features like Panoramic shots and taking a picture ta the same time as you record, and broken maps, no youtube and Siri which still works like crap.

Samsung sold 9M Galaxy SIII's on pre-order vs Apple with only 5M. The GS3 was the top seller last quarte, the iPhone wasnt even with 2 models. And even with the 5 coming, more people bought the 4S and the GS3 and other phones, some of which costed more than the iPhone., Example? Verizon reported the Droid Razr was outselling there iPhone 4S even with the iPhone 5 announcement. Who really is the sh*t on the others boot?!\

Look at the retail cost. The iPhone 5 with 64GB of storage is $899 retail and $499 on contract. I paid $399 for my Note II and 64GB of storage was $49.99 on Amazon for a Class 10 SanDisk microSD card. The Note II retails for $799 and yes it only comes with 16GB...but I still would spend less and have more storage whether I buy retail or contract. The Note is bigger has more features supports the web and many media formats better so my experience is what I want it to be vs what I am forced to have it as.

I can install apps from wherever I want. I have the features I want and need even if some are gimmicky in nature. The resolution may not be as high....but a high res on a small screen actually sucks.

It took 7 models for APple to finally go 4" when 4" phones have been a vail since 2008.

Just like the GS commercials show, the 2 people bump the phones to share a file, the girl asks, when is iPhone going to get that? Probabaly NEVER or when it does we would have moved on to something else.

You want me to list all 25+ features Android has offered since 2008 that the iPhone still doesnt have? Because I can very easily.

I had 2iPhones he 4 and the 4S. I wised up and vowed to NEVER buy another iPhone. EVER!!!! I use to love HTC, but since VZW didnt get theOne X which I wanted with Beats Audio, I took the next best thing the GS3 and I couldnt be happier....well until I got the Note II.

Now go sit in the corner, little jack horner and play with your itty bitty ass iPhone while I play with my Galaxy class Phone.

GROW TFU fanboi!!!

Edited by Hi_XPecTa_Chens, Dec 17 2012, 7:57pm :

TechieXP said,
[snip mindless ramble]

Let me first commend you at making yourself look like a first-class fool... Nice job...
Funny that you label me a fanboy, but yet you are the one rambling on and on about how much you love the Galaxy phones and how superior you're convinced they are. You're just another insecure Android peasant that gets deeply hurt by Apple's success. Honestly nobody cares how many more features Android has when most of them are useless to most of the population. As a professional, I don't need 10,000 ways to customize the UI or the mostly useless feature that is NFC. I require a phone that is high quality (chassis and screen), the UI is stable, and will be supported with updates quickly. The Galaxy phones fall short in every one of those categories except for it having a smooth UI (finally).

Enjoy your millions of features, inferior screen, crappy plastic enclosure, and long waits for software updates. At least I can use my phone one-handed and fit it in my pocket. I almost feel sorry for you...

TechieXP said,
The iPhone 5 could have likely had 10M sales if:

A: Apple was able to make more than 10 million iPhone 5 before launch. I mean, the sucker was sold out everywhere, and it took Apple months to catch up to demand.
B: There is no B

Fixed that for you. There really wasn't a need to justify your phone purchase to us.

They did not sell 2 million during the weekend, iPhone 5 was open for pre-orders for many weeks now. This is just a typical marketing spin from Apple. That's like saying Boeing 787 sold 800 units on its launch day when you could pre-order their planes for 8 years.

This is 2 million phones that were either pre-ordered and followed through on or non-pre-order sales.

Either way, it's 2 million units. There's no way to spin that into bad news. (FWIW, 400,000 was the number of pre-orders made for the iPhone 5 in China). 2 million iPhone 5s were picked up and paid for this weekend. Deal with it.

Apple is the king of marketing. I still remember that iWater spoof add i saw on the Internet which pretty much was spot on in terms of what apple does.

but he is right... apple just always play with numbers. even if its not 2million there is no way for people to know. we just have to take their words for it. even with the ipad mini they claim they sold 3 million ipads at the opening day. I doubt ipad 3 gen 4 gen and mini combined will total that 3 million.

benalvino said,
but he is right... apple just always play with numbers. even if its not 2million there is no way for people to know. we just have to take their words for it. even with the ipad mini they claim they sold 3 million ipads at the opening day. I doubt ipad 3 gen 4 gen and mini combined will total that 3 million.

Stay off the eggnog bro. You've had enough.

Rosyna said,

Either way, it's 2 million units. There's no way to spin that into bad news. (FWIW, 400,000 was the number of pre-orders made for the iPhone 5 in China). 2 million iPhone 5s were picked up and paid for this weekend. Deal with it.

Ahh yes, you sell 40 million of something in one month, that has to be spun into horrible sales, the company is lying about those sales, they really were not sales - anything to make sure that the number is spun to sound horrible. 40 million - Deal with it.

But 2 million of something is sold, how dare you try to spin this into something horrible and make The Apple sound like it is not the perfection that it really is?

benalvino said,
but he is right... apple just always play with numbers. even if its not 2million there is no way for people to know. we just have to take their words for it. even with the ipad mini they claim they sold 3 million ipads at the opening day. I doubt ipad 3 gen 4 gen and mini combined will total that 3 million.

Except for the fact a publicly traded company can't lie about it's sales or to its shareholders - and someone like Apple would get found out pretty quickly if they did.

And the fact their quarterly earnings reports (which are official audited financial documents) also show numbers dwarfing the sales numbers they've quoted before.

DomZ said,

Except for the fact a publicly traded company can't lie about it's sales or to its shareholders - and someone like Apple would get found out pretty quickly if they did.

And the fact their quarterly earnings reports (which are official audited financial documents) also show numbers dwarfing the sales numbers they've quoted before.

What a company can't do or won't do is not the same thing. Apple could lie, they just have no reason to do so. Nokia is a publicly traded company. A board member sued claiming they lied about sales numbers. He then dropped the suit when it turned out Nokia was lying.

The reality is2M is low for a country where its largest city has a population of over 1 Billion. In the USA Apple had 5M sales on pre-order. I think the numbers show the Chinese arent really into the iPhone as USA consumers are.

benalvino said,
yeah says the guy who goes by the name Jessica.

Think about what you just said there. But awww how cute, my very own stalker.
Can I keep it neowin?