According to Counterpoint smartphone market research in October 2013, iPhone 5S became the bestselling smartphone globally. Meanwhile, Apple had occupied one fourths of China smartphone market and its cooperation with China Mobile was about to begin. In October 2013, Apple rose to the third place in China smartphone market, behind Samsung and Lenovo.
iPhone 5S though did not cause long waiting lines outside Apple stores like iPhone 4S, it was more successful than iPhone 5. Apple’s cooperation with China Mobile meant that Apple achieved cooperation with all three big China telecom enterprises. Apple would very likely to rank the first in China smartphone market in December 2013, or January in 2014.
China Mobile announced that there would be 10 million to 40 million iPhone sold through China Mobile in 2014.