With the launch of the iPhone 5s on China Mobile looming, reports indicate Apple could be expecting to do big business. According to the WSJ, Apple’s supply partner Foxconn has shipped upwards of 1.4 million iPhone 5s handsets in preparation for its launch on the world’s largest wireless provider.
Analysts are hesitant to say how the number figures into the phone’s sales potential in the Chinese market, but note that sustained monthly shipments of 1 million or more handsets would be significant for a single carrier. China Mobile has 760 million subscribers and could help Apple add 10 to 30 million new iPhone sales this year.
Such numbers would continue a trend of strong growth for Apple in China, though competitive pressures are mounting as other high-end smartphone makers steal away market share.