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China iPhone 5 First Weekend Sales Top 2 Million

17 December 2012 828 views 2 Comments

As an absolute number, 2 million of anything sold in three days is impressive. However, Apple's China iPhone 5 sales are a different enumeration entirely…

As an absolute number, 2 million of just about anything sold over the course of three days is impressive. However, Apple’s China iPhone 5 sales are a different enumeration entirely, which will be parsed and picked over with a fine toothed comb.

Apple has announced that China iPhone 5 sales topped 2 million units over the weekend.

“Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China,” said Tim Cook, CEO. “China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products.”

For what it’s worth, Apple sold more than 5 million iPhone 5s over the first weekend of sales in US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, which together have a population of about 720 million. That said, although China’s population is more than 1.3 billion, middle and upper class folks only account for about 500 million of the total.

That’s a fair amount of fudging, but extending the math a little farther, you get one iPhone 5 for every 144 people in the advanced economies of the first launch weekend and one iPhone 5 for every 250 middle and upper income people in China.

Of course, the iPhone isn’t a three-day event in either of these “regions,” so the sales will continue and mount with time.

With China’s economic growth running at multiples of the advanced economies year-after-year, the size of the Middle Kingdom’s middle class alone will soon equal the total population of all Western countries. No wonder Tim Cook puts so much emphasis on China…

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