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Apple's iPhone Will Not Be Available In China This Year

U.S.-based Apple said while publishing its latest financial report that it hopes the iPhone products could enter the Chinese market in 2010, which most likely means the iPhone will not be officially available in China this year.

In its financial report for the second quarter of the 2009 fiscal year, starting from December 28, 2008, and ending on March 27, 2009, Apple said it sold 3.793 million iPhone handsets, realizing sales of USD1.521 billion. Though its handset sales decreased by 13%, its revenue increased by 22%.

For when Apple's 3G iPhone will be introduced into the Chinese market, the attitude of China Unicom, an expected cooperator of Apple to jointly launch the 3G iPhone in China, has been puzzling Chinese consumers, but Apple has disclosed some information on this issue and said it hopes to introduce the 3G iPhone into the Chinese market in 2010 and the company is working hard to achieve this goal.

Apple's iPhones are already unofficially sold in China through grey market sellers, though the 3G features that bind the phones to various online services are not operable on those unlocked iPhones when used in China.

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  1. In your report you state "Apple said while publishing its latest financial report that it hopes the iPhone products could enter the Chinese market in 2010, which most likely means the iPhone will not be officially available in China this year."

    Where SPECIFICALLY did Apple state that they hope the iPhone could enter the Chinese market in 2010?

    I don't believe anyone from Apple EVER wrote or stated anything about 2010. I believe your report is inaccurate and miss-leading.

    I've just read through the entire March 28, 2009 Apple 10Q and there is no mention of any delay for iPhone in China until 2010. iPhone in China is not mentioned in the most recent Apple Q2 2009 10Q report. You can find it here > https://www.apple.com/investor/

    Perhaps your story is based on a very poorly researched report by Ynet.com and Trading Markets in the US who repeated a bad miss-translation of the Apple Q2 2009 earnings conference call

    The Ynet.com report translated a quote from Apple COO Tim Cook about iPhone in China as follow …
    "Although the Chinese market, we have not yet entered, but we hope to be able to enter the market next year, and we do in the efforts to this end."

    This was NOT an accurate quote. The true (correct) quote was: “We now have have the four “BIRC” countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China (Hong Kong), we have three of those up (not yet PRC) and we have 8,000 storefronts in those three selling the iPhone, so we feel very good about that and we’re putting a lot of energy in growing those. China we are not in yet. We would like to be in China within the next year (i.e. anytime within the next 12 months) and we’re clearly working on that. But I’ve got nothing specific to announce today on it (iPhone deals in China).”

    I hope you will site your source or correct the record.

    Dan Butterfield
    Editor, iPhonAsia

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