China not too fussed about the Apple iPad mini and fourth gen iPad?

China not too fussed about the Apple iPad mini and fourth gen iPad?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.

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Pondlife  Dec. 8, 2012 at 18:10

Finding that 71% a bit unlikely..

AhmadCentral  Dec. 8, 2012 at 22:34

Its because big companies price their items ridiculously high. Which is weird because the item is made in china, yet its cheaper to go over the border to hong kong and buy the item there. In fact many people do this, or just by local brands instead

Pondlife  Dec. 8, 2012 at 23:08

Was thinking those buying local would be more than 29%

DavidCollings  Dec. 9, 2012 at 12:23

China Unicom have over 50 million users and yet all Apple got was 100,000 pre orders ( China Unicom is where the figures came from ). This represents just 0.02%. Hardly anything to shout about. Also, it is very clear that there is not going to be any deals with China Mobile anytime soon, so I think people are seriously overestimating the growth potential for Apple in China. Along with Samsung and other well known phone manufacturers, China also has a huge domestic phone manufacturing base, so I think we will see Apples sales fall in China

AhmadCentral  Dec. 10, 2012 at 14:24

Was thinking those buying local would be more than 29%

It should be. I'm not sure if apple include HK and TW in their China sales?

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