iPhone 5 sales in China hit a record 2 million in first weekend

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Last Friday, Apple officially released its new iPhone 5 in China.

According to figures announced by the company, more than 2 million copies have been sold in the first launch weekend.

In a statement to the press, Apple CEO Tim Cook welcomed the launch and the new sales record.

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

Upon the release of the smartphone in September, five million units were sold in three days, but it was available in 9 countries including the United States, Great Britain, Japan, Germany and France.

The launch of the iPhone 5 in China was seen as slow, with no crowds of people bustling to get their hands on the device.

Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray believes that this may be due to Apple’s new reservation system, among others.

Source: Apple