Apple’s sales in China have continued to climb in recent years, despite the country’s stringent controls over online content.
The latest numbers show that the iPhone maker sold 2.6 million iPhones in the country in the first six months of this year.
Apple is not alone in China, with its sales in the region also climbing.
Apple has been on a steady rise in the Chinese market for years, but the growth has been so strong that its stock has doubled over the last year.
In October 2016, Apple sold a record 4.2 million iPhones worldwide, while last year’s sales totaled 3.3 million.
China’s market share in the smartphone market is still shrinking, however.
The country saw a 25 percent drop in smartphone sales last year, according to market research firm IDC, which blamed the countrys slow economy on a crackdown on the underground economy.
Apple sold about 3.8 million iPhones and 4.4 million Android smartphones in China in 2016, while Samsung sold 4.5 million iPhones.
The iPhone maker is expected to unveil a new phone in China this fall, and Apple’s stock has jumped more than 500 percent this year in the wake of the iPhone launch.
The Chinese government has also announced that it is clamping down on illegal online music streaming, which was widely blamed for a rise in piracy in the early years of the country.
Apple recently said that the government had asked it to stop streaming illegal music from its services, which is a move that could lead to a major crackdown on Chinese internet traffic.