March sees Apple ship 2.5 million iPhones in China

According to Chinese government data, Apple shipped roughly 2.5 million iPhones in China in March, a slight rebound after one of its worst ever months in the country.

Apple shipped roughly 500,000 phones in China in February, according to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).

Across the industry, smartphone companies are looking for a strong recovery in demand in China, where the coronavirus now appears to be subsiding, just as it spreads overseas and looks set to trigger a global recession.

Mobile phone shipments in China in March totalled 21 million units, according to CAICT, representing a three-fold increase from February. However, that is still down roughly 20% compared with March 2019.

Chinese retailers have, by and large, resumed operations with brick-and-mortar outlets re-opening and e-commerce logistics getting back in gear after the virus and tough containment measures brought much of the economy to a standstill in the first two months of 2020.