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Apple iPhone sales almost doubled in India last year, faster growth than China: Tim Cook

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Apple announced strong quarterly earnings, with a healthy growth in iPhone sales numbers. During an hour-long earnings call, CEO Tim Cook highlighted the growth in the Indian market as well, which has for the first time raced ahead of Greater China. Also Read - Apple bans Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud, and GeForce NOW on iOS

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Cook said that the sales of iPhones in India saw a massive 93 percent year-on-year growth in the third quarter of this year. While having a comparatively smaller user base to China, the growth in India is bigger than the 87 percent growth witnessed in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Also Read - iPhone SE, iPhone XR, Redmi K20 Pro: Best Flipkart Big Saving Days offers not to miss

[In] India we grew at 93 percent and this is on top of the Greater China numbers that we’ve already covered that grew 87 percent during the quarter against a market of 5 percent, Cook said. And so we did exceptionally well I think in any way that you look at it.

We grew 87 percent in China. We grew 90 percent-plus in India. Emerging markets are growing 65 percent, Cook said. These numbers are unbelievable and they’re done in an environment where it’s not the best of conditions.

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Overall in Q3, 2015, Apple sold a total of 47 million iPhones. Apple of late has been quite aggressive in its strategies where India is concerned. As per reports, Apple was able to sell a million iPhones by April this year. It is also believed to have touched $1 billion in revenue in the financial year ended March 31, 2015 an increase of over 40 percent from the year before.

The Cupertino-based giant now aims to double the sales of a million iPhones by the end of October. With that in mind, the company roped in new distributors including US-based Brightstar, and Delhi-based Optiemus Group more recently. Apple has an ambitious target of selling seven million iPhones in a year in India by 2018.

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  • Published Date: July 23, 2015 11:19 AM IST



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