Apple May Have Sold More iPhones in China Than the U.S. for the First Time

Apple May Have Sold More iPhones in China Than the U.S. for the First Time

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Apple is expected to announce tomorrow that it sold more iPhones in China than the U.S. for the first time last year, reports the Financial Times.

Analysts estimate that the US tech group reached the turning point in iPhone sales after expanding its presence in China last year via a deal with China Mobile, the country’s largest network operator, and after the release of the latest iPhone 6 in the country in October.

UBS analysts estimate that China accounted for 36% of iPhone shipments last quarter compared to 24% for the United States. During the same time last year 29% of iPhone shipments went to the U.S. compared to 22% for China.

“It’s already been a good year, building up to the climax of this quarter,” said Ben Bajarin, analyst at Creative Strategies. “It leads to a lot more optimism for China . . . Their potential headroom in China is higher than it is here [in the US].”

The report corroborates one from Counterpoint Research which found that Apple share of smartphone sales in Asian markets has soared since the company released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Much of the company's gains have come at Samsung's expense.

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Apple May Have Sold More iPhones in China Than the U.S. for the First Time

1maxuk - January 26, 2015 at 9:29pm
I wonder why some of the Americans always built up their pride on ridiculing people from other nations. It's very pathetic, don't you think?
Proud American - January 27, 2015 at 5:02am
You had your days UK guys and then we kick your butts . It's our turn now so swallow it ...
Justabrake - January 26, 2015 at 6:55pm
Wow the Chinese must have sold some organs !
matrixXx - January 26, 2015 at 7:03pm
Yup. Brains maybe?
TechnoGeek - January 26, 2015 at 7:26pm
You realize Chinese have far more rich people than America? We borrow from China in trillions. I wouldn't be so arrogant to assume they can't afford something they built. Good for them..troll on!!
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