The iPhone 5 has taken China by storm with over 2 million units of Apple's latest smartphone being sold in its first weekend on sale, becoming the most successful iPhone rollout in the country.

In a statement Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

"Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China.

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

The sales results come as welcome news to the US tech giant, that had slipped to sixth position in China among smartphone manufactures according to the International Data Corporation. Their South Korean rivals Samsung currently hold the top spot, with the iPhone also struggling against cheaper alternatives from China-based companies ZTE, Huawei and Lenovo.

Despite this, the world's most populated country is still one of Apple's most promising markets, with currently 15 per cent of overall revenue coming from sales in the country.

Written and presented by Alfred Joyner