Apple's iPhones had a happy Chinese New Year

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune, on a report by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech:

A report this week from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech supports what observers on the ground have been saying for weeks: Demand for Apple’s smartphones in the world’s largest mobile phone market has never been higher.

From Kantar's report:

In urban China, Apple iPhone 6 remained the best selling phone,” says Kantar’s Tamsin Timpson. “The iPhone 6 Plus was the third best selling smartphone after the iPhone 6 and the Xiaomi RedMI Note. With the two flagships, as well as older models still selling strong, Apple was able to grab the top spot in the smartphone manufacturers ranking. Xiaomi stepped down to number two.