Apple delivered around 2.5 million iPhones in China in March, a slight rebound after one of its worst months within the country ever, based on government data published Friday.
Smartphone corporations are hoping for a strong restoration in demand in China, where the lethal coronavirus is subsiding, just as it spreads abroad and looks set to set off a global recession.
Mobile phone deliveries in China in March totaled 21 million units, in accordance with data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.
That was over a three-fold increase from February, but still down nearly 20% compared with last March.
Chinese retailers largely restarted operations by early March, with brick-and-mortar stores re-opening and e-commerce logistics getting back in gear after the virus and tough containment steps brought much of the economy to a standstill in the first two months.
Apple delivered nearly 500,000 phones in China in February, based on the CAICT.
Many smartphone manufacturers are now hoping that sales in China can ease declines in overseas markets in the coming months.
Earlier this month, several Chinese online retailers slashed prices on iPhone 11 models. Apple has let third-party sellers in China offer reductions in the past to spur demand.