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iPhone 5: Apple sells over 2.1 million phones in China in first three days

Apple sells over 2.1 million phones in China in first three days; CEO Tim Cook said called it "our best first week-end sales ever in China.”

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A customer tries out the Apple iPhone 5 inside the Apple Fifth Avenue flagship store on the first morning it went on sale on September 21, 2012 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

It looks like China loves the iPhone 5.

Apple announced it sold 2.1 million phones in China just three days after its launch on December 14.

“Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement. “China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products.”

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By the end of this month, the iPhone 5 will be available in more than 100 countries. The company calls it the fastest iPhone rollout to date.

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According to Emirates247, that means Apple is selling about 463 smartphones a minute.

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