iPhone 6 and 6 Plus drove record iOS sales in China in early 2015

Apple’s been making some impressive strides in China, its second-biggest market by revenue and home to a population of 1.33 billion people.

According to a report published recently by Kantar Worldpanel, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus drove a huge boost in iOS sales within China early in 2015. The report says that Apple nabbed 27.6% of the Chinese smartphone market thanks in part to the newest flagships, with China Mobile accounting for 59 percent of the total iPhone sales in China. The report covers a three month stretch of time, which ended in February, 2015.
“In urban China, Apple iPhone 6 remained the best selling phone in the three months ending in February growing its share to 10.2% compared to 9.5% registered in the three months ending in January”, explained Tamsin Timpson, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Asia. “The iPhone 6 Plus was the third best selling smartphone after the iPhone 6 and the Xiaomi RedMI Note.“
The report eyes the United Kingdom and United States, too, saying that the iPhone 6 was the best selling smartphone in those markets within that same three month period.

Needless to say, Apple’s gains in China and elsewhere will be short-lived. We’re in the middle of the iPhone refresh cycle, new flagship devices from Samsung, HTC, LG and Huawei will be shipping from April and spring-summer is typically a weak period for iPhone sales.



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