20 million Apple iPhones pre-ordered in China; Apple dominates carrier sales in the U.S.

20 million Apple iPhones pre-ordered in China; Apple dominates carrier sales in the U.S.
A report out of China on Monday, says that Apple has rung up a whopping 20 million in pre-orders in the country for its new iPhone 6 models. Earlier reports indicated a slight preference for the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus over the 4.7-inch Apple iPhone 6. The two iPhones will launch in China this Friday, October 17th. The three major carriers in China are China Mobile (the largest in the world), China Unicom and China Telecom.

Last week, we passed along an estimate from analytics firm Mixpanel, suggesting that Apple has already sold 21 million units of its new phones in the U.S. Canaccord Genuity analyst Mike Walkley is telling his clients that Apple should pick up market share in the U.S. He bases this on data showing that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were the top selling smartphones at all four major carriers in the states. There were some shortages with the larger Apple iPhone Plus 6 out of stock at all four operators. At AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, the iPhone 6 was out of stock with wait times hitting more than one week.

At Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, the top three selling smartphones have been (in order of sales) the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple iPhone 5s. Earlier in the spring and summer, the top-selling smartphones among the major operators in the states included the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One (M8) and the LG G3.

source: Tencent (translated) via Barron's

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Kudos Apple, the new iPhones are beastin. Bring on 8.1, and ApplePay. Hopefully GNC is a partner.

9. nowuseeme

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Those are some serious numbers ! WoW ! Great going Apple . Forget the whole iOS and Android thing. This is a serious serious achievement by any company for any product of all time ! These kind of records don't seem achievable by any other company in the forseeable future (3-4 years) . Only possible by Apple i guess. I wonder how they do it ? Ive used all sorts of phones over the last few years . I owned a few apple devices. Typing this on MBP retina. Never used an iPhone for more than a couple of weeks..Used an iPhone 6 for a week... preferred android on different manufacturers , currently using (IMO) the best phone available at the moment Sony Xperia Z3. Someone please do shed some light on my query, again...I bow down to the magnetism and charisma what Apple has created. Thank you Apple for making the mobile handset world a better place for us end users and consumers. Cheers.

25. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

NOTHING SO EXITING HERE!! Those are all iOS users in China, just upgrading. Ppl in China love big phones , and all the iOS users in China were waiting for too long. The Apple market share will not get bigger though.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Learn how to spell "exciting". Exiting means leaving.

41. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

So , for you my typo is more important to debate??? LOL

31. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

So you must have proof that all of those preorders were from previous ios users since you make such a claim. Proof please captain emo?

45. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014


11. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

WOW. A lot of iPhones out there.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I have to admit, Apple brings it in terms of sales year after after. Just goes to show you what great marketing to a dedicated fanbase can do. Also shows you that Apple knows how to make a product that the masses want year after year. Say what you will about Apple, just make sure you also say that they know how to sell a product wanted by millions and millions. This is coming from a die-hard BlackBerry fan.

49. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Yeap!. Totally agree.

55. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm overjoyed. Really. I am. Can't you tell?

14. kombinatonz

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

There are many iPhone sold, but i wonder how many returns??? Not bashing Apple, sometimes these statics are not always accurate. Most of time misleading so capture customers, and stock holders.

27. nowuseeme

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Most countries in Asia especially India and China don't have a return policy. Once you buy you cannot return the device in for a refund. They will replace in case of a faulty device but no way will you get your money back. Only option is to sell it to someone else.

63. AlikMalix unregistered

Probably the same percentage returns as any other manufacturer. There are always people who try and not like, and those to buy to drop it on video and post to youtube, and those that buy ten of them to give to employees. But this applies to ALL manufacturers. So if there's a number of returns calculated, dont forget Samsung, LG, HTC, etc all have returns as well... It doesn't make those sales numbers any worse, because A: there are returns, and B: so are the other manufacturers...

15. lazarus_26

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

Wow, congrats Apple. I really like my iPhone 6. Best all round phone I've ever used. Sales like this are well deserved.

16. MasterSyrron

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

So basically, RIGHT NOW, the top selling phone is iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Well, no kidding. IT JUST LAUNCHED. Can we get figures for more than just the Apple launch window?

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How about you go google it, and do the research you want yourself.

46. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

How about you look at the picture accompanying the article. iPhone 5S was top selling smartphone last quarter, and this quarter, all 3 top spots are Apple phones (5S, 6, 6+).

48. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

S5 sold 5mil in the one month it was lunched yet iphone 6 and 6 plus sold 20mil(china), 10mil USA, god knows how many in rest of the world. Now lets assume only 10mil from those 20mil in China will be sold thats still around 30mil iphones sold in less than a month. Do you need more help to understand how bad the sales are for any phone even the king samsung?http://www.gsmarena.com/analysts_galaxy_s5_sales_trailing_iphone_5s_galaxy_s4-news-9046.php

73. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Happens..still, Samsung is no. 1 smartphone seller.. True story..it is difficult for a company to make many phones and still manage to sell high end ones.

82. HTE10

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Apple is number one in total profit share BY FAR.

17. smdpa

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Not surprised at all. This year Apple just killed what's left of the Handroid world. The real threat comes from MS.

20. wilsong17 unregistered

How come we still are 85 percent dominant but that is none of my business

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What do you mean we? What phones do you make, what software do you make, and what mobile tech company do you own? You are a consumer, nothing more...other than a whiner on PA. We are 85% dominant lol :D

35. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

By "we" he means android users, I don't need to be any of the things you mentioned to consider myself a part of Android users community. And by saying that's none of my business" he exactly referred to the fact that he is just a user and does not care who is making more money or who had bigger market share. You are trying too hard to not understand his comment.

67. AlikMalix unregistered

I think what he should have said and probably meant is that this isn't a "US vs THEM" - it's a tech forum for all to join. When wilsong17 said "WE" we meant to demean the huge numbers by anyway he could and the only thing is to put Operating Systems against each other, not the specific Model of phones mentioned in this article. His comment hides behind a collective of manufacturers which due to being so many that use Android Freeware for their hardware do infact outnumber ONE manufacturer. But put iPhone numbers against other phones that cost the same on release - it would be a different story. So I'm calling it "Scraping the bottom of the barrel" and it's quite underwhelming that that's all someone can come up with to debate such an impact that Apple created in China - home of the so called "better, cheaper, alternatives to the iPhone"... Just my thoughts...

40. wilsong17 unregistered

By we I mean all the android manufacturer Slowwpokke

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This ice tea is bomb.

83. HTE10

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

85% dominant in what? Sales of low end phones? Google "iphone profit share". Hate to burst your bubble but Apple always has been number one. Android is popular but this isn't windows vs Mac, meaning there's no money in smartphone operating systems.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

aside from spec war talk ppl buy what they want and like what they know "works"...i currently have no complaints with my iPhone 6. it serves every purpose i need it for.... that simple

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