Oh no! iPhone sales are down in China! But it’s because the iPhone 4 wasn’t out there until September! And the iPhones there don’t have Wi-Fi but they will soon! But in a little while they will be! And everything will be OK!
That’s what you’ll probably hear from the blogosphere today about the iPhone in China. Instead, the real story is about China’s position as a smartphone powerhouse. Sales have, in fact grown 200% in the past year and manufacturers have sold 8-10 million last quarter, which isn’t too shabby.
Fifty percent of those phones are Android phones while even good old Nokia is still hanging in there at 70%. Apple and RIM sold 500,000 units total, which is pretty shabby.