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Infographic: How Apple Is Dominating China

This Tuesday at 1 Eastern/10 Pacific, The Motley Fool's top analysts will be hosting a live blog breaking down what Apple's iPhone 5 press conference means for investors. The best part? They’ll also be taking any questions you have about the phone and Apple as an investment as well. Make sure to set a reminder to come back to this Tuesday for all your iPhone 5 news and analysis!

One of the most fascinating areas of Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) rise is how the company has managed to find enormous growth in emerging markets like China despite the iPhone's high selling cost. While it was largely assumed just a couple years ago that emerging-market titan Nokia (NYSE: NOK  ) and Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG  ) Android would dominate the market, Apple has been able to carve out its own fantastically profitable niche.

That's impressive, especially since American companies have otherwise failed to crack the market. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT  ) sees piracy rates of upwards of 95% in China, and Google is falling hopelessly behind Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU  ) in search. The American tech companies profiting the most from the country's growth are focused on high-end hardware. Both Intel (Nasdaq: INTC  ) and NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA  ) have credited recent strength in large part to China's rise as the world's largest PC market. In Apple's case, the company's bundling of a premium hardware and software package appears to be just the right model for finding profits in the Middle Kingdom.

With all this in mind, The Motley Fool has created a handy infographic for tracking Apple's growing overseas ambitions and the opportunity present in China.

We hope you enjoyed our infographic on Apple's exploding Chinese and overseas growth. Speaking of China, Apple is unveiling a new iPhone next week in a press conference that will be very significant to Apple investors. You can stay updated on all of the Fool's iPhone 5 coverage in two ways this week.

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  • Report this Comment On October 01, 2011, at 9:00 PM, bsimpsen wrote:

    Your iPhone costs are meaningless. The US price is subsidize by a plan that costs $2400 over two years. Did you also ignore the plan cost in China? Did you also ignore the demographics? Farmers at the low end of the income scale, and with no access to cell towers, are not going to buy the iPhone. How many upscale metropolitan customers are there?

    If you can't understand these basic things, you've no business proffering your "wisdom" online.

  • Report this Comment On October 02, 2011, at 1:00 AM, 13astion wrote:

    Umm, bsimpsen, the population distribution in China is getting much more like in the US -- the majority (or near majority) of the citizens live in urban areas.

    In the US, it's approximately 80% urban and 20% rural.

    A decade ago in China, that stat was flipped: 80% rural and 20% urban. But as of 2010, it is 50/50.

    That's 1.35 B divided in half: about 700,000,000 urban dwellers.

    Nothing to sneeze at...

  • Report this Comment On October 02, 2011, at 5:09 AM, KeirHardie wrote:

    Just back from China, visiting the 'provincial' cities of Changsha (Hunan) and Chengdu (Sichuan). I'd never heard of Chengdu, have you?

    It's 2,000km from Beijing and Shanghai. It's got 13m residents and is growing at 1m per year. And its roads are full (and I mean FULL) of Mercedes, Audis, Porches, Maseratis and BMWs.

    The US has just north of 300m citizens. China has 1,300m! So, sure, there's 300m desperately hoping there'll be a bowl of rice tonight. There's another 400m who know for sure they've got a bowl of rice. And then there's another 600m hoping for an iPhone.

  • Report this Comment On October 02, 2011, at 12:08 PM, TMFNewCow wrote:

    These infographics are excellent. Great info, great presentation.

    -- Evan

  • Report this Comment On October 02, 2011, at 5:14 PM, thethreestooges wrote:

    iPhones will be outdated in 2 years. Then there will be 600 millions used iPhones nobody want.

  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2011, at 3:21 AM, bparting wrote:

    This is great. Short and sweet with some interesting facts. The story is more complex when you scratch under the surface, but given space and brevity this is exactly the kind of thing graphic stories were made for.

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