A day before the company is set to announce earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2015, Financial Times highlights a recent report suggesting Apple may report it sold more iPhones in China than in the U.S. for the first time ever.

According to analysts from financial firm UBS, China accounted for 36 percent of iPhone shipments in the most recent quarter, compared to 24 percent for the U.S. The analysts also compared the numbers to 2013, noting that a year before China accounted for only 22 percent of shipments with the U.S. at 29 percent.

iphone6plus
Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin concurs with the UBS report, believing around 2 million more iPhones were sold in China than in the U.S. during the quarter. With the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, he also believes it's just the beginning of the country's fiscal dominance over Apple sales.

“It’s already been a good year, building up to the climax of this quarter,” said Bajarin, referring to Apple’s momentum in the world’s largest smartphone market. “It leads to a lot more optimism for China . . . Their potential headroom in China is higher than it is here [in the US].

They will likely do more in China than US from here on out,” he said. “It certainly shows how important the China market is to Apple’s upside.”

Apple has been emphasizing the importance of China for the company for some time, most recently meeting with the Chinese government to discuss data privacy and security, partnering with popular mobile payment service Alipay, and planning multiple Apple Store openings like the one in Chongqing opening this week.

On the distribution front, 2014 most notably saw a partnership between Apple and the world's largest carrier, China Mobile. The partnership allowed iPhones to be sold in 3,000 more cities where Apple previously had very little presence, undoubtedly aiding the Cupertino-based company rising Chinese in recent quarters.

Related Forum: iPhone

Top Rated Comments

MH01 Avatar
100 months ago
Reading this headline has me thinking "Finally, something to put Americans in their place!", but is China really that much better? :p

----------

I always wonder... do Asians cherish their devices like many of us Westerners do? Do they appreciate the design, the finesse, the elegance of a well-designed device, or is it just a tool to communicate and consume data?

its a tool to communicate and consume data for most westerners. What your describing is faboys, most normal users do not cherish a device! If anything Asians, are more into tech than your average westerner.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
allpar Avatar
100 months ago
Regardless, none of those profits will benefit the U.S. Economy because the I.R.S. Is better at border patrol here than the I.N.S.

I.R.S.: "Don't let that money that was born in another country come to the U.S. to work for US. keep it in those other countries where it can't do us any good. That is, of course, unless you want to give us another 30% tax on your already taxed self."

The U.S. treats foreign revenue worse than the "Coyotes" treat foreign immigrants.

I just have to point out that the IRS only enforces rules made by Congress, and that Congress has cut their budget yet again.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xionxiox Avatar
100 months ago
Reading this headline has me thinking "Finally, something to put Americans in their place!", but is China really that much better? :p

----------

I always wonder... do Asians cherish their devices like many of us Westerners do? Do they appreciate the design, the finesse, the elegance of a well-designed device, or is it just a tool to communicate and consume data?
This is prob not the best place for social science class.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolfactor Avatar
100 months ago
Reading this headline has me thinking "Finally, something to put Americans in their place!", but is China really that much better? :p

----------

I always wonder... do Asians cherish their devices like many of us Westerners do? Do they appreciate the design, the finesse, the elegance of a well-designed device, or is it just a tool to communicate and consume data?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jakexb Avatar
100 months ago
If it was just a thing to consume data, they'd buy one of the cheaper Chinese android handsets.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ToroidalZeus Avatar
100 months ago
Regardless, none of those profits will benefit the U.S. Economy because the I.R.S. Is better at border patrol here than the I.N.S.

I.R.S.: "Don't let that money that was born in another country come to the U.S. to work for US. keep it in those other countries where it can't do us any good. That is, of course, unless you want to give us another 30% tax on your already taxed self."

The U.S. treats foreign revenue worse than the "Coyotes" treat foreign immigrants. No wonder the foreign immigrants still cross the border and none of the foreign BILLIONS makes it into this country. (And to think, ONE of the two got an Executive Order -- it wasn't the one that would HELP OUR ECONOMY though.)
It's complicated.

Apples effective tax rate because of all their tax dodging may be as low as 10%. In fairness a very successful corporation should have a tax rate above 40% (which is the highest income bracket) If Apple paid a "fairshare" of their taxes CA would have millions extra to invest into cash strapped systems like public education, The University of California.

On the flip-side it's been shown time and again that govt are incredibly wasteful. So I don't really blame corporations for not wanting to pay taxes.

In the end we the people suffer.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

ipad pro m1 feature

Gurman: Apple Event This October Remains Unlikely, No Touch ID for iPhone 15

Sunday October 2, 2022 6:41 am PDT by
Apple is developing new iPad Pro, Mac, and Apple TV models, and at least some of these products will be released in October, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. However, Gurman continues to believe that Apple is unlikely to hold an event this month. In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman said "the big iPhone 14 unveiling last month was probably it for Apple in 2022 in...
maxresdefault

Apple Responds to Video Testing Crash Detection Feature With Junkyard Vehicles

Friday September 30, 2022 9:11 am PDT by
The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern recently traveled to Michigan to test Apple's new crash detection feature on the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Ultra. In response, Apple provided some additional information about how the feature works. Stern recruited Michael Barabe to crash his demolition derby car with a heavy-duty steel frame into two unoccupied vehicles parked in a junkyard — a 2003...
Hero0005

Best Apple Deals of the Week: M2 MacBook Air Hits New All-Time Low Price at $1,049, Plus Sales on AirPods Pro and More

Friday September 30, 2022 9:05 am PDT by
This week's best Apple deals focus on the AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, and M2 MacBook Air, including numerous all-time low prices on these devices. You'll also find up to 50 percent off discounts on Anker and Eufy accessories on Amazon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us...
Apple SIM Card

Apple SIM No Longer Available for Activating New Cellular Data Plans on iPads

Sunday October 2, 2022 8:04 am PDT by
As of October 1, Apple SIM is no longer available for activating new cellular data plans on supported iPad models, according to an Apple support document. Introduced in 2014, the Apple SIM was designed to allow iPad users to activate cellular data plans from multiple carriers around the world. Initially, the Apple SIM was a physical nano-SIM card, but it was embedded inside later iPad Pro...
iphone 14 pro max vs 13 max 2

Camera Comparison: iPhone 14 Pro Max vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max

Thursday September 29, 2022 7:44 am PDT by
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max introduce some major improvements in camera technology, adding a 48-megapixel lens and low-light improvements across all lenses with the new Photonic Engine. We've spent the last week working on an in-depth comparison that pits the new iPhone 14 Pro Max against the prior-generation iPhone 13 Pro Max to see just how much better the iPhone 14 Pro Max can be. Subscrib ...
iOS 16 Wallpaper Spectrum Feature

Five Wallpaper Apps to Check Out for iOS 16's New Lock Screen Depth Effect

Thursday September 29, 2022 9:08 am PDT by
One of the biggest new features in iOS 16 is a completely redesigned iPhone Lock Screen. The new Lock Screen is entirely customizable, letting you change the colors and fonts, add widgets and new wallpapers, and more to make your iPhone uniquely yours. Of course, even before iOS 16, you could customize your Lock Screen with a wallpaper of your choice. iOS 16 takes the Lock Screen wallpaper...
top stories 1oct2022

Top Stories: Stage Manager Expands to Older iPad Pro Models, No October Apple Event?

Saturday October 1, 2022 6:00 am PDT by
While we had been expecting a follow-up October Apple event focused on Mac and iPad announcements, it sounds like we might not be getting another event after all. Instead, the pending updates in those product segments could be considered minor enough that they may be announced via press releases. It wasn't all bad news, however, with Apple announcing that it will be expanding an on-device...
iOS 16

Apple Preparing iOS 16.0.3 With More Bug Fixes Following iPhone 14 Launch

Monday October 3, 2022 7:53 am PDT by
iOS 16.0.2 was released last month with several bug fixes for iPhone 14 issues, excessive copy and paste permission prompts, and more. Now, evidence suggests that Apple is planning to release iOS 16.0.3 with additional bug fixes. Evidence of an upcoming iOS 16.0.3 software update has shown up in MacRumors analytics logs, which have been a reliable indicator in the past. There are several...
dynamic island alan dye

Apple Executives Talk About iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island in New Interview

Sunday October 2, 2022 10:48 am PDT by
In a new interview, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, and Apple's vice president of human interface design, Alan Dye, sat down to discuss the thinking behind the iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island and how it was developed. During the interview with the Japanese magazine Axis, Federighi, who oversees the development of iOS, said Dynamic Island represents the...