Apple Announces December Launches for iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and Fourth-Generation iPad in China

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following word earlier this week that the iPhone 5 had received final certification in China, Apple today announced that it will be bringing not only the iPhone 5 but also the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad to the country over the next several weeks.
    China now accounts for 15% of Apple's revenues, making the new product launches a significant development for the company. Apple's Chinese product launches have typically lagged well behind those in other countries, but the company has been working to shorten those gaps. The iPhone 4S launched in China three months after the device's debut, while the third-generation iPad took four months to arrive in the country.

    With today's announcement, the iPhone 5 will be arriving in China roughly two and a half months after the initial round of launches, while the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad are coming to China just a month after their debut in the U.S. and other first-round markets.

    Article Link: Apple Announces December Launches for iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and Fourth-Generation iPad in China
  2. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2010
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2012
    I hope this means that the supply chains for these devices are rock solid now.
  4. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Low stocks or no stocks. Hard to find anywhere. Long waits for buyers in countries where it's already officially launched...

    Let's immediately launch into one of the most populous countries in the world.

    Nothing against China but you would think they would want to be able to somewhat keep pace with orders in the markets where it's already launched before going into other HUGE markets and further frustrating more people with longer wait times.

    (and yes, I know all about the positive business effect of scarcity marketing).

    Now crank up those wait times even more while chunks of production are further split among new markets.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    the Chinese black market is gonna take a hit. maybe that also means less scalpers in US lines.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    United States
    Looks like they've caught up with demand if the US is any indication (and with the US contributing to something like 30% of all iPhone sales, I'd say it probably is...).

    And just because China is the most populous country doesn't mean the 1.3+ billion population will line up to buy the phone.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2011
    I just want the iPhone 5 to arrive in Chile already! I'm tired of my stupid android based phone (if you can even call it that).
  8. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    Chinese characters are "Part, Part, inch, inch". I guess it is Apples way of saying Mini.
  9. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Don't need many to line up to be a lot when the overall pool is that large.

    And I'm not seeing U.S. demand "catch up" for products like iPad Mini. I just ordered one a few days ago and found it was out of stock almost everywhere. Still showing "2 weeks" (shipping) in the Apple store.
  10. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    That is going to be on hell of a launch day.

    So many products at once.
  11. macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2010
    If you happened to live in China, would you feel the same do you think?
  12. macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2011
    Bangkok, Thailand
    yeah, and it actually means "every inch an iPad".
  13. macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    This mode of thinking makes no sense, and is typical entitled-like thinking here in the USA...
  14. macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2012
    They can't even keep up with demand in the Western world and already decide to launch it in China... GREED.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Well said, Apple products are high end luxury in China where the vast majority of the population could not dream of buying any of them.


    Are you serious? :confused:
  16. M-O
    macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    Are Apple Stores in China like Build-A-Bear Workshops?
  17. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    I explicitly said, "nothing against China." I wasn't making a "fair" argument. If we want to make "that's not fair" arguments, then Apple should launch to every country in the world on the same day and we can all enjoy 20+ week wait times together. Would we like that?
  18. macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2009
    Never learned to wait for non essential things for life?

    Geez! Let's go postal!
  19. macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Go ahead and never start your own business.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Elsewhere, USA
    Who cares? Where are the iMacs and iTunes 11?!

    Oh wait...we did that already...



    Actually, with Apple now offering an unlocked iPhone 5, I think that pretty much says they're catching up with demand and feel they're able to produce enough.
  21. macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2001
    Amen to that!
  22. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    Thanks! Happy to know I made a good estimate.

    I had a Japanese Kanji dictionary on my iPhone, and I made an assumption those kanji where close in meaning to Chinese ones (not all are).
  23. macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    No, it's called "Backorder Syndrome". Many companies gage their success on the size of their back orders. And wanting to make more money is not considered greed, unless you consider wanting to make more money for what you do as greed.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    It is a translation of "Every inch an iPad"

    分 "fen" is a traditional Chinese length measurement unit
    寸 "cun" is longer than 分, which is similar to an "inch" in imperial units.

    "fen fen cun cun" means "Every fen and cun" ~"Every inch"
  25. macrumors 601


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    It's funny to hear about Apple products "arriving" in China, since most of us are waiting for them to leave there when we track our packages.

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