China pre-ordered 20 million iPhone 6 units last weekend

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About 20 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were pre-ordered in China between 10th and 13th October, according to a CNET report that cited data from Chinese tech giant Tencent.

9.5 million pre-orders were made through Jingdong Mall (JD.com), while Chinese telcos (China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom) accounted for ten million pre-orders.

While the new models were launched in the United States and other countries in mid-September, the release in China was delayed because regulatory approval was not obtained until later in the month.

As a result, Apple started taking online preorders last Friday, and deliveries are expected to commence on 17th October.

However, these statistics for China remains unverified. Although Fortune is sceptical of the big figure, the company cited Jingdong’s 9.5 million pre-orders as of Monday. Reservations reportedly reached the two million mark in the first six hours.

A reservation is a pledge to buy, while a pre-order is considered an actual transaction wherein a client buys a phone before it is released.

The 20 million pre-orders are indicative of the huge demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China. In fact, sales of the iPhone 5S reached their highest level in Q4 2013.

Furthermore, the iPhone is Apple’s most famous product and largest revenue generator as it contributes more than 50 per cent of the company’s sales. Around 16 per cent of its US$37.4 billion in sales in Q2 2014 came from China, which is touted as the biggest smartphone market in the world.

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