Apple has confirmed that the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be officially available in India from 16 October. China has become an increasingly important market to Apple, with more sales of the iPhone in the country than in the USA during a few recent quarters. The company said it sold 13 million of the phones over the first weekend of sales. Earlier this year, the mobile giant sold 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on its opening weekend. The tech company declared that more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units have been sold just during the first weekend of purchases.
However, other analysts tracking the sales, figure that Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) would better its last year’s iPhone sales figures, this year.
Starting October 9, Apple’s new handsets will be released in more than 40 additional territories and countries such as Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, Sweden, and Switzerland. Beyond that, the new iPhones feature Live Photos, which bring still images to life, a 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash and the Apple-designed A9 chip. Investors watch the iPhone rollouts closely because Apple’s business is increasingly tied to the performance of the device, accounting for more than 60 per cent of revenue. So, by the end of 2015, over 130 countries will have access to the devices. Moreover, a feature called 3D Touch has been added that can detect the difference between a light tap and extended finger pressure, enabling easier access to different menus.
Sure, the new iPhone is a marked improvement over its predecessor, but the biggest reason for the improved sales is that for the first time Chinese customers are able to pick up the latest version on the same day as consumers in the USA, UK, and certain parts of Europe and Asia.
The new models went released onto the United Kingdom market days ago, prompting fans to queue overnight outside London’s Covent Garden store to be among the first to get their hands on them.
Apple’s profits depend a lot on iPhone sales, which generated more than two-thirds of its income in the latest quarter.