Apple’s iPhone 4S pre-orders sold out 10 minutes after becoming available last Friday in Hong Kong.
It looks like Apple’s increased focus on the Chinese market is already paying dividends.
Ticonderoga Securities Analyst Brian White claims that his checks with his sources indicated the iPhone 4S sold out within the first 10 minutes of availability Friday. Concerns about slowed iPhone 4S sales because of Siri not supporting Mandarin or Cantonese appear to be unfounded.
"In our view, this is a very positive sign for iPhone 4S demand in Greater China has Hong Kong represents the first entry of the new smartphone in the rapidly growing region, and we expect the 4S to reach Mainland China in December. We believe this rapid sell out will rest concerns surrounding the uptake of the iPhone 4S in the Greater China region that were driven by the limited language capability of Siri, which did not launch in Mandarin or Cantonese.” — White
In addition to Hong Kong the iPhone 4S will this Friday in Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and South Korea.
Apple may not have exceeded analysts expectations during the 3rd quarter of this fiscal year, but the 4th quarter is shaping up to be monstrous. Even by Apple’s insane standards.
Source: Apple Insider