Apple takes iPhone 4S to China

Apple has announced its iPhone 4S smartphone will land in China as well as 21 other countries on January 13.

When it was launched back in October last year, the iPhone 4S was initially released in seven markets, including the UK and US. Now Apple is adding a whole load more, including many African and Caribbean countries.

The full list is as follows: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, China, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.

The move should give the smartphone series a sales boost, which some will argue it certainly needs. Apple’s most recent financial results, announced in October last year, were considered a disappointment after they missed analyst estimates.

Although revenue and profit stood at $28.27bn and $6.62bn respectively many industry experts had been predicating higher iPhone sales. The company said that sales had stalled because consumers were holding off upgrading from the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 because the 4S was just around the quarter.

Initial sales were huge, with Apple reporting around 4 million units sold over the first three days it was on sale. Add to that the Christmas period and some analysts are predicting that Apple’s upcoming financial results, set to be announced on January 24, could be its biggest ever.

In fact, new CEO Tim Cook, who replaced the late Steve Jobs, stated his hopes during the October financial conference call: "I’m confident that we will set an all-time record for iPhone this quarter," he said, according to GigaOm.

Some analysts are expecting as many as 30 million iPhones to be sold. Add to that holiday sales of iPads, MacBooks, iMacs and iPods and it’s not outside the realms of possibility that Apple will record its biggest every quarter.

CBR will bring you all the news and analysis from Apple’s earnings announcement later this month.

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