The iPhone 5 will apparently be launching in China on the China Telecom carrier in late November or early December, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the Chairperson of China Telecom, Wang Xiaochu has stated that the iPhone would be offered on the network by early December at the very latest, perhaps even this month. An alternative comment was also sought from China Unicom chief Chang Xiaobing, but he was not as confident about an imminent launch.
China is a significant source of sales for Apple as Tim Cook revealed during Apple’s last earnings call that revenues from Greater China were standing at $5.7 billion. According to the CEO, Apple has a December time frame planned for an iPhone 5 launch in China.
The real question relates to how much stock will be available for the further roll out of the iPhone 5, particularly since demand is so high at the moment that it’s tough to maintain stock for demand in the initial countries in which the iPhone 5 was launched.