In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook called China a "very important market for us," and said "customer response to [the] iPhone 5 in China has been incredible."
Certainly, the sales figures are good news for Apple, which has not experienced the same market success (nor invested the same marketing muscle) in the east as it has in the States.
"Our previous buy rating was trading oriented, reflecting our expectation for a near-term rally (after a substantial sell-off) on strong iPhone 5 sales," Citi Research said in a note to investors obtained by the Journal. "However, near-term supply-chain order cuts, while inconclusive in nature, bring into question the strength of [the] iPhone 5 and refocus investors onto risks in the Apple story."
In related news, Apple's iOS recently surpassed Android as the mobile operating system of choice among American smartphone users. According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, iOS currently accounts for 48.1 percent of the American smart phone market, while Android has 46.7 percent.
Despite the fact that it was not drastically overhauled – we think of the device as a modest refinement of the iPhone 4 design – the iPhone 5 was received warmly by critics when it launched in the US this fall.