Will China’s growing influence on the Smartphone market have an effect on Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 roadmap?
Cast your mind back a few months and you’ll remember a bewildering amount of chatter surrounding the notion of Apple entering into talks with China mobile in a move that could have seen the Cupertino company take the country by storm. While various iPhone and iPad release dates back in the US have always been the most significant for Apple, analysts that world over seemed united in the prediction that China would in the near future become the most important market on Earth.
Well, new research would appear to have confirmed this to be the case perhaps sooner than expected – Tim Cook’s time in China is looking to be time well spent to say the least.
According to new research carried out by Flurry, China has officially become the largest market in the world for both Apple’s iOS devices and those running Google’s Android.
The data shows that by the month of January, 222 million Android and Apple devices were active in the US, while China accumulated had 221 million activations. However, over the course of the 12-months prior to January 2013, the Chinese market saw the addition of 150 million devices to its total tally, while the US added a comparatively paltry 50 million.
What’s more, the company stated that if holiday sales hadn’t been unexpected strong last year, China would have taken the lead convincingly before the close of 2012.
The Smartphone and tablet PC market is simply skyrocketing in China and has demonstrated the most enormous room for growth over future years – the US market by contrast is argued by some to be heading for a peak. As such, chances are that when it comes to the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 release dates the world is waiting so patiently for, Apple will in all likelihood be factoring in the Chinese market with just as much importance as the US market.
Whether this ultimately leads to release date delays or perhaps future product launches rushed forward remains to be seen, but the fact are the facts and China appears to be where it’s at for the future of Apple.