Apple was apparently the number one smartphone smartphone vendor in China for the first time during Q4 2014, measured by units shipped. Apple seems to have beat out the likes of Xiaomi, Samsung, and Huawei to come out on top. Apple's success in China was primarily due to the release of the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, according to Canalys:
While Chinese smart phone vendors are quickly gaining ground internationally, Apple has turned the tables on them in their home market. The company is finally riding the large screen and LTE trends in China, which have been vital to its success, along with a well-timed launch and a clampdown on grey exports of its products out of Hong Kong. The top four vendors in Q4 in China by units shipped were Apple, Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei, respectively.
We should know more about exactly how well Apple did in China last quarter later today, Jan. 27, when the company will release its quarterly results, holding the traditional conference call soon after.