Apple late last week finally gave us all a hint as to when to expect the new iPhone 5 in mainland China – the world’s largest mobile phones market. The D-Day is December 14 and the device is to be made available on both the main carriers of that country – China Telecom and China Unicom.
China Unicom has in fact already issued a statement saying that they have already received more than 100,000 preorder requests for the iPhone 5 soon after it opened up registrations for the device. The other operator China Mobile has also confirmed that they have seen over 5000 bookings for the iPhone 5. Less impressive – but a good number nevertheless. It is clear therefore that even after a delayed launch, consumers in China are indeed eagerly awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5. Talking about delayed launches, it is usual for the Chinese market to get the iPhone a good 3, 4 months after its international launch. Ironical – considering the fact that the device is manufactured in China itself and then exported to the rest of the world.
In spite of this however, Apple has been able to maintain a decent market share with the iPhone. However, like in other markets, the popularity of the iPhone is certainly seeing a dip. A recent report puts the iPhone’s popularity in China at 25% now compared to 37% in the previous quarter.
That said, Apple continues to dominate the tablets segment in the communist nation with an unassailable 71.42 percent of the tablets market. Even local favourite Lenovo hasn’t been able to dent the sales of the iPad. Having said that, let us also remind you that the iPad Mini and the just launched fourth generation iPad too will reach China a few days from now – December 7 to be precise.