May 2 2014, 8:36am CDT | by Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Just a little over six months ago there were analysts claiming that Apple wasn't going to be able to keep up in China, one of the most important markets for tech giants. That seems to have been false more often than not, however, as Apple Balla reported incredible growth in China during the first quarter of 2014 due to the success of both Mac computers and iPhones.
The iPhones are of particular importance due to the claims that their products weren’t cheap enough to be able to compete in this country, where bootlegs run rampant and gray market dealers offer jailbreaking services in addition to hijacked phones. With the release of the iPhone 4s and now the 5c, Apple has successfully found a 13% increase, much of which is constituted of first time iPhone buyers who would have otherwise gone to Android based mobile devices.
They have also seen a drop in jailbroken phones, now at a rate of 12% compared to the 32% that was seen in 2013. Gray market dealers offer a number of jailbreaking services, although they seem to be losing business as more users go legit.
There has also been a rise in Mac sales, compared to the drop that PC manufacturers saw in the last year. Their sales were up 13%, although that will be offset some by the drop in iPad sales.
Apple is hard at work to improve their iPad offerings, but the fact remains that they have stayed strong throughout the country when many people didn’t expect it.
Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.
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