IPhone Q4 Shipments Plunge in China Amid Competition, Patent Battle

IPhone Q4 Shipments Plunge in China Amid Competition, Patent Battle


Apple's iPhone shipments in China plunged 22 percent in the final quarter of 2018 as the US-based tech giant struggles in the world's largest smartphone market. Market researcher Strategy Analytics released on Thursday a report on the smartphone shipment in China in the last quarter of 2018, saying Apple replaced Xiaomi and became the fourth largest smartphone maker in China with 10-percent market share. Nevertheless, iPhone shipments plunged 22 percent on a yearly basis, signifying its worst performance since early 2017. Apple encountered headwinds in the Chinese market over the past few years as local smartphone markers, including Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi expanded vigorously with fine quality, reasonable prices and extensive retail channels. Ongoing patent litigation between Apple and Qualcomm as well as criticism on Apple's increasingly high product price have been weakening the tech giant's competitiveness in China. Meanwhile, "longer replacement cycles and weak consumer spending" are new norms confronting all smartphone makers in the country, according to Strategy Analytics.

Source: Xinhua

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