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Apple Passes ZTE in China Smartphones With IPhone Early Release

Apple Inc. captured fifth place in China’s smartphone market in the third quarter, surpassing ZTE Corp. and Xiaomi Corp., after it included the Asian nation in the latest iPhone’s global debut.

Shipments of the iPhone rose 32 percent year-on-year to hand Apple 6 percent of the country’s smartphone market in the three months ended September, Nicole Peng, the China research director for Canalys, said in a phone interview today. Cupertino, California-based Apple had ranked seventh, with a 5 percent share, in the second quarter, she said.