Signs point to iPhone 6 driving record sales for Apple in China, India

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in iPhone edited January 2015
During its quarterly earnings call later this month, Apple is expected to announce record-breaking holiday iPhone sales bolstered by unprecedented demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in major emerging markets China and India, new evidence suggests.



Prospective iPhone 6 buyers in Hong Kong -- a special administrative region of China that functions essentially as a separate country --?face weeks of waiting to procure a new handset from Apple, according to Forbes. One Apple Store employee told the publication that customers had spent as long as two months attempting to reserve an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus through the company's online reservation system.

The reservation system was implemented in part to prevent resellers from purchasing devices in Hong Kong and smuggling them to mainland China, which levies a relatively large luxury tax on such purchases. An Apple ID and a Hong Kong-based mobile phone number are required to sign up, with photo identification required to claim the reservation.

Such electronic bootlegging remains popular, however. One man was arrested on Monday while trying to cross the border into China with 94 iPhones strapped to his body, and a veritable army of resellers routinely pack the sidewalk outside of Apple's Causeway Bay retail store.

A man tried to smuggle 94 iPhones from Hong Kong to mainland China under his clothes.
A man tried to smuggle 94 iPhones from Hong Kong to mainland China under his clothes.


These resellers primarily serve the more than 70 million mainland Chinese citizens who visit Hong Kong each year. Despite Apple's efforts to triple its retail presence in the People's Republic --?Monday also marked the opening of Apple's 13th store in China, in the country's 24th-largest city --?Chinese consumers still find iPhones scarce, a good sign for Apple as China's moneyed middle class continues to expand.

iPhone sales in India are also on the rise. One analysis, corroborated by Apple partners in the region, suggests that the company sold more than 500,000 iPhones in India between October and December, compared to just 1 million for the preceding 9 months.

Though those numbers represent only a small fraction of Apple's worldwide iPhone sales, which are expected to have reached nearly 70 million over the holidays, they show significant progress in India. Despite a population that tops 1.2 billion, India remains one of the poorest countries in the world -- its nominal per-capita GDP of just $1,509 is far below China's $6,959 and barely outpaces that of war-torn nations like South Sudan, according to data from the International Monetary Fund.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,451member
    But ... but ...

    'No one can afford Apple products in India' .../s
  • Reply 2 of 11



    I guess he was not afraid that the phones would bend. 

  • Reply 3 of 11
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,716member
    Yet another failure on the part of professional analysts. It was predicted that China and India would be Apple's Waterloo. I remember when those same analysts said Japan would never come around to Apple's products. For over a decade now these so-called professionals have been predicting the collapse of Apple as if it has been some kind of aberration. It should make both fans and investors livid. Following AAPL for the last twenty years has educated me to the farce that is financial analysis. It's a shell game with analysts trying to hide the little ball so you can't pick it out. They produce the results their clients want and it's all about smoke, mirrors, and manipulation.
  • Reply 4 of 11
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    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post



    Yet another failure on the part of professional analysts. It was predicted that China and India would be Apple's Waterloo. I remember when those same analysts said Japan would never come around to Apple's products. For over a decade now these so-called professionals have been predicting the collapse of Apple as if it has been some kind of aberration. It should make both fans and investors livid. Following AAPL for the last twenty years has educated me to the farce that is financial analysis. It's a shell game with analysts trying to hide the little ball so you can't pick it out. They produce the results their clients want and it's all about smoke, mirrors, and manipulation.

    That was my first thought, too, Ikrupp. I remember those stories about Japan.

     

    I don't remember the specifics, but I think I read the iPhone is doing very well in Korea as well. Good for Apple.

     

    Best

  • Reply 5 of 11

    Maaaaan, those phones are for personal use. He just wanted to make really, really, really sure he stayed connected.

     

    You know how it is.

  • Reply 7 of 11
    blazarblazar Posts: 270member
    First of all that guy looks like an IDIOT!

    Indians have to spend their black money somewhere... Can't hide all your money in a mattress. Expensive phone every year is a great way to use up your money.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    More proof that the large phones and phablets are appealing to the poor who can't afford an iPad.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    Dude looks like a robot.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    Good news, apparently. No wonder AAPL fell a lot today....
  • Reply 11 of 11
    Good news, apparently. No wonder AAPL fell a lot today....

    At their current rate of profitability and growth they'll surely be out of business (at least according to the stock market) in no time.
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