Technology: Tepid reaction for Apple's new iPhones in China amid tough competition - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

TechnologyTepid reaction for Apple's new iPhones in China amid tough competition

09:40  11 september  2019
09:40  11 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Apple will launch 3 new iPhones with 5G compatibility in 2020, according to a reliable Apple-watcher

Apple will launch 3 new iPhones with 5G compatibility in 2020, according to a reliable Apple-watcher Apple-watcher Ming-Chi Kuo says 3 iPhones with 5G will help Apple to compete against cheap Chinese phones.

Tepid iPhone sales aren't all that ail Apple in China . Competition from local smartphone rivals, trade-dispute fallout and a court battle could make 2019 a tough year for the company in its most important market outside the U. S . Photo composite: Crystal Tai.

Tepid iPhone sales aren't all that ail Apple in China . Tepid iPhone sales aren't all that ail Apple in China . Competition from local smartphone rivals, trade-dispute fallout and a court battle could make 2019 a tough year for the company in its most important market outside the U. S . Photo composite

By Josh Horwitz and Brenda Goh

Tepid reaction for Apple's new iPhones in China amid tough competition© Reuters/Stephen Lam FILE PHOTO: CEO Tim Cook presents the new iPhone 11 at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino HANGZHOU/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A lower price tag and new features may not be enough for Apple Inc to win customers for its newly-launched iPhone 11 series in China, the world's largest smartphone market that is already crowded with cheaper and feature-packed rival handsets.

Apple's unveiling of three new iPhones in California met with a limp reaction on Wednesday from analysts and on social media in China, where the U.S. giant has been losing ground to competitors in recent years.

Apple extends bug bounty and provides special iPhones for researchers

Apple extends bug bounty and provides special iPhones for researchers Apple wants everyone to know that it's taking security seriously, and it's willing to pay for it. The company announced today that it is launching a new bug bounty program that will pay people up to $1 million for discovering and disclosing security flaws in macOS, tvOS, watchOS and iCloud. The company also revealed that it will provide security researchers with special iPhones to help them discover bugs before hackers do, according to Bloomberg. The iPhone program had been rumored earlier this week. By including its other operating systems, Apple is extending the bug bounty program that it first launched for iOS in 2016.

New York (CNN Business) A Chinese court has banned the sale and import of most iPhone models in a stunning decision amid the trade war between The ruling was announced publicly Monday but put into effect last week, but Apple said in a statement that all iPhone models remain available in China .

Tepid iPhone sales aren't all that ail Apple in China . Competition from local smartphone rivals, trade-dispute fallout and a court battle could make 2019 a tough year for the company in its most important market outside the U. S . Photo composite: Crystal Tai.

"More competitive aggressive pricing and a better camera would be its selling points, but the market is still full of challenges, both market competition and macroeconomic factors," said Will Wong, who tracks China's phone market at research firm IDC.

The iPhone 11 will have two back cameras, including an ultra wide-angle lens and the next generation of microchips, the A13. Prices start at $699, down from last year's new iPhone that started at $749. Apple also dropped the price of last year's equivalent model iPhone XR by $150.

The more expensive iPhone 11 Pro will have three cameras on the back and starts at $999. The bigger screen iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099.

Apple reveals special new iPhones for security researchers

Apple reveals special new iPhones for security researchers Developer units will make it easier to find security vulnerabilities

During the March quarter Apple ' s iPhone remained firmly in second place in global smartphone marketshare, but saw a significant drop On Tuesday, Apple reported iPhone shipments dropping by nearly 10 million units, marking the first ever year-over-year decline in that segment.

Apple ' s year-over-year drop in smartphone sales during the March quarter also caused the company to lose marketshare, though part of the shift can be linked to fast-rising Chinese smartphone makers, according to new research data. Although Apple held onto second place, it saw its marketshare slide

As anticipated, none will be fifth generation-enabled, which puts the phones a step behind 5G models already released by Huawei Technologies and smaller rival Vivo.

"Since we still have to wait a year for 5G, why not just buy Huawei on Monday," said one user on China's Twitter-like service Weibo.

One meme doing the rounds on social media featured Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook bragging about the new features and Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, shutting him down by pointing out that Huawei has had those features for years.

When it came to features, one of the main draws of the new launch for U.S. buyers - a $5 per month Netflix-like streaming service - will not be available in China.

PRICE COMPETITION

Apple's share of the China market in the June quarter fell to 5.8% from 6.4% in the year earlier period, according to research firm Canalys, as Huawei experienced a surge in support from Chinese consumers after the brand was caught up in a trade war between the United States and China.

Apple's 2019 iPhones will all come out in September, analyst says

Apple's 2019 iPhones will all come out in September, analyst says Wedbush's Dan Ives thinks the iPhone 11 options will hit in the second week of the month.

While U.S. consumers are eagerly anticipating the launch of Apple ’ s iPhone 8, the same cannot really be said of consumers in China , where the Cupertino giant’s market share has significantly decreased last year.

Cook traces most of Apple ' s iPhone problems to a weakening economy in China , the company's second biggest market behind the U.S. The company is also facing tougher competition in China , where homegrown companies such as Huawei and Xiaomi have been winning over consumers in that

Tepid reaction for Apple's new iPhones in China amid tough competition© Reuters/Stephen Lam FILE PHOTO: Kaiann Drance presents the new iPhone 11 at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino

Counterpoint analyst Neil Shah said the entry price, while lowered by Apple, remains high compared to local rivals. Combined with the lack of 5G, that made the new iPhones "less attractive and future-proof" for Chinese consumers, Shah said, forecasting that Apple will sell 30-35 million iPhones in China this year, down from 63 million phones in 2015.

Still, some analysts said that Apple's decision to lower the entry price for the new iPhone, one of the most discussed topics on Weibo on Wednesday, was a positive sign.

"We think the lower iPhone 11 price point and trade-in program will help promote upgrades, specifically in China, while the Apple Arcade and TV+ offerings will help accelerate services growth," CFRA analyst Angelo Zino said in a research note.

The new phones will be available to order on Friday and start shipping Sept. 20.

(Reporting by Josh Horwitz in Hangzhou and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by Sayantani Gosh and Jane Wardell)

A fast charger is coming in the box on Apple's new iPhones, but only for the Pro series.
Fast charging remains a premium perk for now.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 1
This is interesting!