Apple’s got a hit on its hands, but you wouldn’t know it from reading the Wall Street Journal.
From Krystal Hu (“Made in China, trained by @NYUniversity @WSJ @Reuters”) on Yahoo News:
The new Apple iPhones seem to be a hit in its most important foreign market—China. At least some of them.
After the tech giant released its three new iPhones on Thursday, some models have already sold out and customers need to wait for a few weeks for them or buy them from individual sellers at a markup.
Customers who went to Apple (AAPL) stores were told they need a reservation to purchase a new iPhone, and some colors were no longer immediately available. On Apple’s official site, it takes two to three weeks for a new iPhone to ship. On e-commerce platforms like Alibaba’s Tmall and JD.com, where most Chinese consumers who don’t have access to an Apple store would go to order iPhones, the iPhone 11 Pro model in midnight green was out of stock by late Friday.
The two platforms also reported strong sales. Tmall says sales of iPhone 11 series within the first 12 hours exceeded sales on the launch day of new phones last year. JD.com also reported this year’s first-day sales was double what it was last year.
Meanwhile, from Tripp Mickle (made in U.S.A, trained by @WSJ @SportsJournal @Newsday):
My take: Mickle covers Apple the way Fox News covers Elizabeth Warren.
P.S. I ordered the Pro in midnight green for the same reason, I suspect, that Chinese buyers like it: It says “I’ve got the latest iPhone” like no other model.