China’s big 3 carriers: 1 million iPhone 6/Plus pre-orders in 6 hours

“Within six hours, according to Tencent news, one million orders had been taken by the three largest carriers, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“Before the official order-taking began Friday, one Chinese website, JingDong, had registered more than 9 million reservations, a kind of pre-pre-order,” P.E.D. reports, “The split as of 8:30 p.m. Beijing time:”

• iPhone 6: 4,542,448
• iPhone 6 Plus: 4,694,853

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “rdiddly” for the heads up.]


  1. This number boggles the mind. One can imagine Apple selling the same 10 million iPhones in China as they sold in the entire rest of the world where the product first launched, in the same first 3 days.

    1. I just now flew into Thailand through Tokyo from the US. Mine is still the only six plus I’ve seen (not surpassingly, given the supply constraint). I did see several sixes though.

      And FWIW, I wasn’t certain before, but I am absolutely loving the six plus.

    2. Not true. Chinese use normal keyboards for typing and it is way faster. Only older generations (at least 50 yr old) may prefer to “draw”. Most prefer bigger phones to watch movies.

    1. The pundits were skeptical about the iPhone then and I’m sure they’re still skeptical about the iPhone now. What’s odd is that Apple and the iPhone has changed the entire phone industry over the last six years and people are still waiting for Apple and the iPhone to fail.

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