By Daniel Hunter

Apple have released figures, in a bid to prove their iPhone 5 has not been a failure in China, that show they sold two million devices in the first three days of sales.

There had been reports that the iPhone 5 was greeted by a lukewarm reception following its release on Friday (December 14th), as well as the clamour that surrounded the launch of the iPhone 4 earlier this year.

In a statement, Apple sought to reassure investors by announcing the iPhone 5 had broken sales records in China. Comparable first weekend sales figures for the iPhone 4S are not available.

“Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China,” said chief executive Tim Cook.

“China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products."

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