Apple's iPhone 5 officially goes on sale in China
After overcoming a number of regulatory hurdles, Apple's newest smartphone hits the most populated country on earth.
The world's biggest mobile phone market can now get its hands on Apple's iPhone 5.
The device officially went on sale in China today, according to The Next Web. Customers were able to snap up the smartphone through the Apple Online Store, via select Apple resellers, and by reservation from Apple retail stores.
China is of, it is the company's second biggest market -- after the U.S. -- and already accounted for about 15 percent ($23.8 billion) of the company's revenue for its fiscal year that ended in September.
After kicking off preorders for the new phone last week, carrier China Unicom said it took inin less than 48 hours. According to The Next Web, China Unicom announced more than 300,000 reservations earlier this week.
It appears one person couldn't wait for the device and broke into an Apple reseller's store in Beijing before it opened this morning. According to a Beijing newspaper report, the thief smashed one of the store's lower windows and went straight to the inventory. However, after the store's security system and alarm were set off, the thief fled empty-handed.
In the face of vibrant competition, Apple recently slipped out of the top five smartphone vendors in China. Researcher Canalys said in November that in the third quarter, the iPhone's share of shipments into the Chinese smartphone market . Market leader Samsung had 14 percent, and Chinese manufacturers accounted for the other four spots in the top five. But that could change now that the company's newest smartphone is available.
After overcoming a, the device is available . As of now, it's still not being offered on China Mobile -- the country's largest carrier. Apple has been for several years about carrying the iPhone. However, the two have been unable to reach an agreement.
Besides China, Apple recently announced thatwill also get the iPhone 5, including South Korea, Brazil, Egypt, and Vietnam.