News from China were rife this week.
Apple announced that it sold “more than two million” copies of its iPhone 5 in the first weekend of sales in China after the device’s launch on December 14.
But the launch 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.
The record release of the new iPhone in the Asian country was seen by analysts as a sign that Apple shares are undervalued.
RBC Capital Markets estimated that there will be a good December quarter for the company while analysts at Wells Fargo believe that the Chinese release will ensure more than their projected 46 million iPhones in Q4 of 2012.
As for the impact in the U.S., the launch of the smartphone was seen as Apple’s biggest yet, bringing about $75 billion into the U.S. economy in 2012.
This week, Apple released a new software update for the iOS 6 for iPad mini and iPhone 5: the iOS 6.0.2.
The new version is meant to fix an issue related to Wi-Fi connection.
However, soon after its release, the iOS 6.0.2 reportedly caused complaints among users as the iPhone 5 and iPad mini are losing their battery life.
The photo-sharing mobile app Snapchat was updated with a new feature – video sharing, which comes with iPhone 5 support and video capabilities.
Comparisons between the new iPhone and other handsets were posted online, with videos detailing the differences.
Vietnamese site Tinhte posted a video comparing the upcoming BlackBerry 10 L, also code named “London,” to Apple’s iPhone 5.
Another clip was made by TheGadgetMasters, showing a direct comparison between the BlackBerry 10 and the iPhone 5.
An iPhone 5 screen protector from Seidio, called Vitreo, was made available.
This new accessory offers more resistance than other such products that we can find on the market and is shatterproof as the new equipment is made with tempered glass.
The iPhone 5 Mummy case available from Loop Attachment is made of silicone and it is available in a range of ten colors for $25.
As for products that are yet on the market but they could become reality, there is the new Kickstarter project that is seeking funding.
The Waka Waka Power is a personal solar power station that uses the power of the sun.
Finally, in the category of strange stories, a Chinese woman buyer was tasered by police after trying to acquire more iPhones than the store’s policy allows.