Apple’s sales of iPhone last quarter were helped by the inclusion for the first time of 5G networking, which benefitted sales in China, said CEO Tim Cook during a conference call with analysts on Wednesday evening following a report of much stronger-than-expected fiscal Q1 revenue and profit.
Sales in China of iPhone had been delayed preceding the October unveiling of the iPhone 12, said Cook, because many Chinese consumers were waiting for the 5G model.
“Keep in mind that 5G in China is — the network is well established,” said Cook.
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“And the overwhelming majority of phones being sold are 5G phones. And so I think there was some level of anticipation for us delivering an iPhone with 5G. And so iPhone did extremely well.”