There are a myriad of reasons why, according to IDC (via Bloomberg), Apple saw year-over-year sales of the iPhone drop 19.9% in China during the calendar fourth quarter. During the three month period, the American company had the fourth largest smartphone market share in China with 11.5%. First of all, there is the U.S.-China trade war that has negatively impacted the Chinese economy, and has driven the Yuan lower against the U.S. Dollar. Because of the strength in the dollar, the Apple iPhone XR was more expensive to Chinese consumers than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Apple later cut wholesale prices to adjust).Then, there is the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada. The arrest was based on a U.S. warrant that alleges the executive (and daughter of the company's founder) engaged in global bank fraud in order to cover up illegal sales to Iran. This touched off a wave of nationalism in China that has local companies punishing employees who buy iPhones, while subsidizing the purchase … [Read more...] about Apple ships 20% fewer iPhones in China during the fourth quarter
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By Rex Crum | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: January 2, 2019 at 3:22 pm | UPDATED: January 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm The new year is only 2 days old. But for Apple, it’s possible that 2019 could end up being one of its longest years in recent history. In a letter to shareholders posted on the company’s investor relations site, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company now expects sales for the quarter that ended Dec. 29 to come in at $84 billion, compared to an earlier outlook for sales in a range of $89 billion to $93 billion. Not only will Apple’s sales end up being below its prior outlook, its revenue also is expected to fall almost 5 percent from the $88.3 billion it reported in last year’s fiscal first quarter. If anyone was looking for a reason behind Apple’s disappointing sales, Cook wasted little time in admitting where problems in the quarter arose. “Lower than anticipated iPhone revenue, primarily in greater China, accounts … [Read more...] about Apple blames iPhone revenue, China business as it cuts sales outlook
Apple launched the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XSR as well as the Apple Watch Series 4. But while the products make the headlines there a bevy of takeaways and nuances to note. Here's a look at the key takeaways as well as how it plays into Apple's broader strategy.Apple is full phablet happy now The company's iPhone XS Max has a massive 6.5-inch screen packed into what is the iPhone 8 Plus frame and package. There's a 5.8-inch version of the iPhone XS design, but the big phablet will be the headliner. Remember when Apple grudgingly went big screen? No more. Even Apple's budget iPhone XR, which is designed to appeal to more customers, has a 6.1-inch screen. Going into the Apple keynote pricing was the biggest mystery. Apple's iPhone XS Max eclipsed the price ceiling of $1,249.99 set by Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 at 512GB of storage, but also offered a compelling value for the iPhone XR. What's a Retina Display worth to you? Apple hit multiple price points with … [Read more...] about Apple’s iPhone XS Max price tops out at $1,449 — and 8 other keynote takeaways
May 7, 2018: iPhone X Plus (2018) will — wait for it — be iPhone Plus sized! From Macotakara: A reliable supplier source says that iPhone X 6.5 inches model which has a rumor that it's a large size model equipping iPhone's OLED, seems to be the same size as iPhone 8 Plus. I think it's safe to say this has always been the assumption. Same as iPhone X is regular iPhone size-ish, iPhone X Plus would be Plus iPhone size-ish. Next model of iPhone X 5.8 inches uses the same body as current model, but along with growing the size of the camera sensor, the lens will become bigger. Camera improvements happen every year because they help sell iPhones. Hard. When you use Face ID authentication, iPhone X needed to be vertical state to recognize it, but in case of iOS 12, it will be able to unlock in horizontal state. The portrait restriction was to get Face ID solid faster. It helped to have a known orientation and optimize for it. As the technology improves, … [Read more...] about iPhone 9 / iPhone XI rumors: Release date, specs, price, and features!
By AppleInsider Staff Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 06:53 pm PT (09:53 pm ET) Six months after an initial release, Apple continues to expand global availability of cellular Apple Watch Series 3 models, with the LTE wearable launching in Thailand next month. Announced by Apple on a webpage dedicated to cellular Apple Watch Series 3 availability, the upcoming device will arrive in stores on April 5. Local cellular network operator TrueMove H will deliver LTE connectivity for Watch. Though TrueMove H is one of Thailand's top cellular providers, it is not the largest in terms of customer base, meaning the upcoming availability does not address all iPhone owners in the area. Subscribers of competing telcos like Advanced Info Service (AIS) and Total Access Communication (DTAC) will have to wait for Apple to strike a partnership deal with their respective carrier. In tandem with the announcement, Apple's regional online storefront has been updated to reflect next month's planned sales … [Read more...] about LTE Apple Watch Series 3 to launch in Thailand on April 5