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IPhone 5 hits China as Apple shares slide further

A security guard stands next to an Apple retail store during the release of the iPhone 5 in Shanghai December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc. some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A security guard stands next to an Apple retail store during the release of the iPhone 5 in Shanghai December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc. some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely...more

A security guard stands next to an Apple retail store during the release of the iPhone 5 in Shanghai December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc. some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Security guards stand at the entrance of an Apple store during the release of iPhone 5 in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district, December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

Security guards stand at the entrance of an Apple store during the release of iPhone 5 in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district, December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in...more

Security guards stand at the entrance of an Apple store during the release of iPhone 5 in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district, December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
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A sign is seen at the empty entrance of an Apple Store in the financial area of Pudong during the release of iPhone 5, in Shanghai December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc. some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. The sign reads, "Queue here if you have bought online a contract-free iPhone 5." REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A sign is seen at the empty entrance of an Apple Store in the financial area of Pudong during the release of iPhone 5, in Shanghai December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc. some respite from a recent slide...more

A sign is seen at the empty entrance of an Apple Store in the financial area of Pudong during the release of iPhone 5, in Shanghai December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc. some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. The sign reads, "Queue here if you have bought online a contract-free iPhone 5." REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Security guards and staff stand at the entrance of an Apple store during the release of iPhone 5 in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district, December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

Security guards and staff stand at the entrance of an Apple store during the release of iPhone 5 in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district, December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent...more

Security guards and staff stand at the entrance of an Apple store during the release of iPhone 5 in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district, December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
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An employee cleans an advertisement plate at an Apple dealership on the eve of iPhone 5's release, in Wuhan, Hubei province December 13, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. Picture taken December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

An employee cleans an advertisement plate at an Apple dealership on the eve of iPhone 5's release, in Wuhan, Hubei province December 13, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in its...more

An employee cleans an advertisement plate at an Apple dealership on the eve of iPhone 5's release, in Wuhan, Hubei province December 13, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. Picture taken December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
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A staff walks inside an Apple store during the release of iPhone 5 in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district, December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

A staff walks inside an Apple store during the release of iPhone 5 in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district, December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is...more

A staff walks inside an Apple store during the release of iPhone 5 in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district, December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
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A sign of the new iPhone 5 is seen at the entrance of an Apple Store in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc. some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A sign of the new iPhone 5 is seen at the entrance of an Apple Store in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc. some respite from a recent slide in its share of...more

A sign of the new iPhone 5 is seen at the entrance of an Apple Store in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai December 14, 2012. The China release of its iPhone 5 on Friday should win Apple Inc. some respite from a recent slide in its share of what is likely already the world's biggest smartphone market, but its longer-term hopes may depend on new technology being tested by China's top telecoms carrier. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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