Apple announced today that it sold more than 2 million units of the iPhone 5 over the weekend after its launch on December 14.
Last year’s riots during the launch of the iPhone 4S makes it difficult to compare sales data, but the iPhone 5 is enjoying a much stronger launch than its predecessors.
In Apple’s press release, CEO Tim Cook said: “Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China. China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products.”
But the iPhone 5′s popularity may not be enough to shore up Apple’s eroding share of China’s smartphone market, as cheaper, Android-based handsets win over consumers.
The iPhone 5 will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December, making it the fastest iPhone rollout ever.