We’ve been hearing that China loves the iPhone 11 ever since its arrival in September 2019 but it seems we didn’t really understand just how popular it was.
According to a new Bloomberg report the phone is so popular that it has helped drive the overall number of iPhone shipments towards 19-percent growth.
Bloomberg says that it’s basing its numbers on information shared by the Chinese government as well as its knowledge of other phone shipments into the country.
The iPhone maker’s shipments in China grew 18.7% year on year in December to roughly 3.18 million units, according to Bloomberg calculations based on government data on overall and Android device shipments. The increase marked an acceleration from the prior months, which were buoyed by the iPhone 11’s release in September. The numbers come from the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology, a government think tank.
Apple and China have long had a complicated relationship, but it’s one that CEO Tim Cook had previously suggested, is on the mend. Recent reductions on taxes owed by incoming tech products have helped, with Apple also offering tempting trade-in deals in order to get people to upgrade to new iPhones.
However, it’s still going to take more work to dethrone some of China’s own companies – the likes of Huawei, in particular, continue to sit pretty at the top of the smartphone pile in the region.
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