Apple iPhone sales fall by 20 percent

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To address the fall, Apple has suggested it will offer new financing and phone replacement services, while the iPhone XR could be discounted in some markets to offset the strengthening USA dollar. Smartphones sales dropped to below 100 million units in China in Q4 2018 as the launch of iPhone XR and the promotional efforts of Single's Day shopping festival failed to generate important sales, researchers said. Although it did not specifically name any markets, analysts have widely anticipated an official price cut for the iPhones in China as authorised third-party vendors like JD.com are already selling the new iPhones at up to 20 per cent price reduction.

Apple is reportedly trying to address the price factor with discounts and carrier subsidies, but it remains to be seen how these efforts will reflect in terms of sales of the 2018 iPhone generation. Apple still provides total revenue by region, though, and its "Greater China" sales - including Taiwan and Hong Kong - were down 27% annually to $13 million, according to CNBC. Apple also didn't seem to work on its Chinese marketing plans -- an area that needs constant updating. The Chinese slowdown was also the driving factor behind Apple's first revenue outlook cut in nearly two decades. Mr Cook however emphasised the long haul, highlighting 19 per cent growth in services revenue.

Huawei, which briefly surpassed Apple to become the world's second-biggest smartphone brand in 2018, remains the runaway leader at home. The Chinese tech giant saw its shipments in the homeland increase by 23.3 percent during the most recent quarter, pushing its local market share to an impressive 29 percent.

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Oppo and Vivo are also ahead of Apple thanks to minor increases, while Xiaomi saw shipments fall by 35 per cent. Xiaomi, which is expanding into Europe, now has 10 per cent of the market.

The industry is now counting on innovations such as foldable screens, 3D cameras and 5G-ready phones to revitalise the market. Xiaomi's domestic rival, Huawei Technologies Co.

"The domestic smartphone market environment in 2019 doesn't look very optimistic", IDC senior analyst Wang Xi said in the report.

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