iPhone: China has become the world’s largest market for Apple, ahead of the United States

by bold-lichterman

For the first time, China has overtaken the United States in terms of iPhone sales. In any case, this is what Apple should announce this week according to the Financial Times which quotes several analysts. Among them, a specialist from the Swiss bank UBS estimates that the second world economy weighed 36% of iPhone sales in the last quarter, far ahead of 24% of the US market, against 22% and 29% respectively a year earlier.

If the second largest economy in the world has taken on such importance in the firm’s sales to the apple, it is in particular thanks to the partnership established last year with China Telecom, the main operator of the country.

Android remains number 1 in the Chinese market

As the British daily recalls, if this data partly underlines the evolution of the global smartphone market, such a scenario had already been anticipated by Apple. In 2013, Tim Cook had already announced that he hoped China would overtake the United States as a source of income.

Android remains the leading operating system in the country, however, and Chinese brands are emerging as increasingly serious players – notably Lenovo, Huawei and Xiaomi – in the face of traditional heavyweights, mainly the South Korean. Samsung, which saw its market share drop from 32.5% in 2013 to 28% in 2014 in the country according to TrendForce. In the end, 40% of global smartphone sales in 2014 were made by Chinese brands according to the firm.