Apple's Chinese fan base is certainly one of the most enthusiastic, as recent sales reports show. Only ten minutes after the iPhone 4S had become available for pre-ordering in Hong Kong, the stock sold out, according to analyst Brian White, Slashgear reports.
The third wave of roll-out for iPhone 4S includes Hong Kong and another 14 markets (Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania and South Korea).
Under Apple's tightest global launch schedule yet, pre-orders began on November 4th for most of the above countries and on November 11th Apple's latest handset will finally hit the shelves. By the end of this year, Apple fans from more than 70 countries will be able to hold the most talked about smartphone of the moment in their hands.
Apple has not commented yet regarding the depleted stocks in China. There are no predictions about whether extra supplies are going to get to Chinese Apple enthusiasts.
“We believe this rapid sell out … will rest concerns surrounding the uptake of the iPhone 4S in the Greater China region that were driven by the limited language capability of Siri, which did not launch in Mandarin or Cantonese,” White commented.
China is presently Apple's second largest market and will probably overtake the US in the next few years if it manages to supply an affordable iPhone to its multitude of fans.