“Apple’s large-screen iPhones are a big hit in China, taking market share from Samsung and selling at a pace that may make China a greater source of revenue than the Americas for Apple in coming years, analysts said,” Bill Rigby reports for Reuters. “The world’s most valuable consumer electronics company reported on Monday a 71 percent increase in sales in China to $16.8 billion, driven by its new, bigger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In the first three months of the year, for the first time, Apple sold more iPhones in China than in the United States.”
“”The bigger screens on iPhone 6 have been selling like hot cakes,” said Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets in New York, who estimated that China could represent as much as 40 percent of Apple’s revenue by 2017. For Apple, China is ‘the golden goose,’ he said,” Rigby reports. “‘Apple fans in China had been waiting years for bigger-screen iPhones and they are upgrading at a furious rate to the new models,’ said Neil Mawston, executive director at research firm Strategy Analytics.”
“Chinese customers gravitated naturally to the bigger screen size, as it makes it easier to input Chinese characters with a finger or stylus on the screen and is more effective for video. For many Chinese, the phone is also the first, the most important, or even the only computing device they own,” Rigby reports. “‘People just use them for more, and therefore appreciate the bigger screen,’ said Frank Gillett, an analyst at technology research firm Forrester. Chinese customers tend to do their computing on-the-go or at various locations, partly due to patchy broadband availability at home, and is truly a ‘mobile-first’ tech culture, said Gillett, which puts extra value on the phone… As far as many Chinese are concerned, the bigger the phone the better.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As iPhone 6 Plus users, we can certainly see the attraction and, although we also have 27-inch iMacs, MacBook Airs, iPad Airs, and Apple Watches, we can imagine that if you needed a phone and could only choose one computing tool, the iPhone 6 Plus would have to be the go-to device.