Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:13

iPhone sales in China dropped 20% in Q4

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China registered a 20% drop in iPhone sales during the last quarter of 2018 compared to the corresponding quarter in 2017, according to figures from technology analyst firm IDC.

But sales for Chinese vendor Huawei went in the opposite direction, rising 23% year-on-year, Reuters reported.

Apple's share of the market fell from 12.5% a year ago to 11.5% in 2018, the data showed.

The company's own results have shown a drop in revenue for the device as well, with revenue for the first quarter of its financial year falling by 15% year-on-year.

IDC said: "Besides regular performance upgrades in 2018 and small changes to the exterior, there has not been any major innovation that supports users to continue to change their phones at the greatly increased price.

“The severe macro environment in China and the assault of domestic brands’ innovative products have also been reasons for Apple’s continued decline.”

Another analyst firm, Counterpoint Research, said iPhone sales had fallen in India as well.

The firm said iPhone sales in the fourth quarter fell 25% year-on-year, meaning that the number of units sold fell to 1.7 million from 3.2 million a year earlier.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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