As if to slap the critics of the world right in the face with a big-fat “We told you so”, Apple’s iPhone 5 seems to be off to an incredibly successful start in China after all. Following initial suggestions that pre-release date hype was minimal, the market wasn’t interested and launch proceedings were largely ignored, Apple broke silence to reveal that the iPhone 5 had sold in China to the tune of 2 million units over its first weekend alone.
And in order to reinforce the fact that they’ve no intention of sitting idly by and letting the rollout stagnate, the Cupertino company also revealed that by the end of the year…which isn’t too far off…the iPhone 5 will be on the market in at least 100 countries.
There have been dozens of reports as of late…of which we are also guilty…that the iPhone 5 seemed to be losing its luster and had become more of a homogenized standard than a status symbol in its own right. Critical acclaim was dying down, prices have been slashed in many markets and the Chinese launch of the iPhone 5 didn’t seem to stir up much excitement.
Now however, the announcement of 2 million iPhone 5 sales in one weekend alone proves that quarterly sales estimates are destined to be trounced quite spectacularly and the ongoing accusations of a Smartphone with wavering appeal can be wrapped-up for the time-being at least.
So, what’s next for Apple and the iPhone?
Well, should a deal finally be ironed out with China Mobile, chances are Apple’s future success in the country will totally eclipse the initial rollout of the iPhone 5, once offered to the biggest networks hundreds of millions of subscribers. This will no doubt be followed not too long after by the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and iOS 7, which given the company’s apparent infallibility will continue the legacy in spectacular style.