The China Academy of Information and Communications (CAICT) revealed late Tuesday that smartphone shipments in China increased 30.6 percent year on year to 32.7 million units in October.

According to a research firm, the data reflect a huge drop that began in the first half of the year, with the comeback fueled by the debut of Apple Inc’s latest iPhone models.

According to the CAICT, a state-backed think tank, shipment quantities increased from around 25 million in October 2020 to 20.8 million in September 2021.

According to a note published late Tuesday by research company Jefferies, the rise was due to the arrival of the latest iPhone series, as well as Android players preparing for a sales surge for the then-upcoming nationwide Singles’ Day shopping season.

In September, Apple released the iPhone 13 in China.

Due to a global computer chip scarcity, handset manufacturers are currently suffering production challenges.

A number of automakers have reported chip sourcing challenges due to a combination of variables including demand underestimation, unexpected production shutdowns, and US-China tensions.

Since then, the shortfall has expanded to a wide range of semiconductors and gear, including cellphones.

Sales had slowed as a result of consumers’ delayed upgrades.