After China, India represents Apple’s next big frontier, with 1.2 billion citizens and a rapidly growing smartphone market, that will have sold approximately 80 million handsets this year.
Which is why it’s great news that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is proving just as popular there as it is elsewhere in the world, with India’s first shipment of the iPhone 6 selling out in a lightning-fast 72 hours.
At 55,000 units, India’s first iPhone shipment may not have been the biggest one around, but it’s still impressive for a country that is still very much a developing market for high end smartphones. Last year, only 6,000 units of the flagship iPhone 5s were supplied by Apple, which also vanished from shelves very quickly.
This isn’t the first time Apple (which is currently India’s sixth larger smartphone maker) has smashed iPhone-related records in India this year. Recently the company passed a major iPhone milestone in the country — having sold an estimated 1.02 million devices between October 2013 and August 2014.
Apple has reportedly seen its Indian revenue jump ten-fold in just four short years. While Apple’s market share is still well below that of other smartphone makers like Samsung, Micromax and Karbonn, things are definitely headed in the right direction for Apple — which as a result speeded the iPhone 6 to the country after just 28 days, compared to the 337 days it took for the iPhone 4 to land.
Source: Business Standard
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