We were saying the other day that the Apple iPhone 5 notched up 100,000 pre-orders in 24 hours ahead of going on sale in China on December 14.
Apple’s other big (/little) things at the moment are the iPad mini and iPad 4, though Chinese consumers don't seem particularly bothered, with little to no turnout at Chinese Apple stores for the dual launch.
That’s the story according to PC World Australia, following the Apple iPad mini and iPad 4 going on sale in China yesterday.
It’s a far cry from the scenes that followed the iPad 2’s release in China. It sold out within four hours, with near riots breaking out.
On that note, said craziness inspired China’s Apple stores to enforce a reserve-and-collect scheme for new Apple devices, in order to avoid a repeat. Indeed, some consumers turned up looking to buy the iPad mini/iPad 4 and were told to bugger off and reserve it online. Amazing.
Despite the relative quietness, Analysys International’s Li Yanyan still reckons the iPad mini and iPad 4 will do well in China. Apple claimed 71% of the Chinese tablet market in Q3, and the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 aren’t yet available there. Well, not officially.