“For a long time, Apple has had a small presence in China. Windows has long been the dominant platform, and the number of Apple computers is relatively small since most Chinese considered it to be expensive and the number of applications available limited,” Paul Denlinger blogs for Forbes. “This has now changed.”
“It started with the launch of the iPhone… For more than two years, China’s two leading mobile operators, China Mobile and China Unicom, jockeyed for negotiating position with Apple to become the official iPhone distributor in China. This was unusual: China Mobile is the largest mobile telecom operator in the world (more than 522 million subscribers as of March 2010), and it was not used to NOT having its way in business negotiations with any company,” Denlinger writes. “Except for Apple. With Steve Jobs, they met their match.”
“Apple opened its first Apple Store in Beijing only in 2008. It has plans to open 25 more stores in China in the next two years. And now, it has just introduced the iPad, which will attract yet another batch of Chinese Apple fans,” Denlinger writes. “In China, Apple’s on a roll.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]