Xiaomi continues to sell more than Apple in China, Samsung and Lenovo still at the helm
2. fireblade (Posts: 708; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
And Apple's current position in China was helped by people who want to show off their status that they can buy the expensive iphone. The 16 GB version costs $872 there.
8. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
What a Ripoff
A subpar app launcher phone with a Apple logo stamped on costs that much Wth
A mid end device and 2 years old spec phone
10. SleepingOz (unregistered)
I've been in Beijing since last Sep and what I can say so far is that most of the chinese people are mindless sheeep.
16. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
What a racist remark! Please read the article again. Apple phones are not so hot in China.
I being to Beijing, most people use their home grown brands Android phones with super big screen.
3. sipha (Posts: 293; Member since: 12 May 2012)
18%, 12%, 11%, 10%, 10%, 8%
now thats the sh*t i like right there!!
= a good competitive market
4. Gamas_K (Posts: 61; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
People in china buy iphone because they want to show off, like in indonesia.. 16 gb iPhone 5s here cost around US$950 here and people buy it only because it has apple logo at the back
5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1441; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
No suprise really. Apple has lead on high-end market, but especially on markets like China low- and mid-range phones are the hot stuff. If Apple just would cut the 5C price, IMO to $400.
7. aksa123 (Posts: 217; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
iPhone gets backed up by ChinaMobile, so it's cheap but with contract.
6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Wut? Apple was at 3rd position in china. So those seemingly "budget conscious" people indeed sold babies to buy iphones....
11. whburling (Posts: 14; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)
yes.....competition does lead to reduced whole phone innovation as innovation is not linear (can not be willed along a rationale course) and hence more manufacturers does enhance the probability of new concepts being implemented. On the other hand, fewer manufactures does not necessarily mean phone technology development does not grow; phones are reliant on component level innovation and that will continue and hence phone functionality will continue to improve at or near the current level even with fewer phone (not component) manufacturers.
As I have repreatedly stated on this website, phones, as we know them, will no longer exist as soon as technology develops that elminates the need for physical touch and for physical displays that are hand held. Retina or eyeglass displays and sensors that detect body movement from large to small finger level tremors will result in ultra small general purpose computers displacing phones. Aesthetics, as a market driver, will give way to functionality as a market driver.
Apple's market hold is due partly to aesthetics and partly to simplicity (by removing choice which reduces the complexity associated with learning and decision making). I contend that the aesthetic component will end (although remenants might remain if eyeglass displays win the visual component race) and hence Apple's dominance due to this factor will cease to exist.. Apple will also cease to maintain market share due to simplicity as soon as O/S manufactures make it easier to dial in the degree of control one wishes to face in operating their device at any given moment. That moment will exist and soon as O/S manufactures realize they are in the battle for their lives at this very moment. Rather than create hierarchical methods of hiding control, I suggest the current trend of "styles" (each offers increasing access to control with associated complexity), where styles are changed at whim will end up displacing Apple
13. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
"That's a godsend for consumers, but it might cost us the current diversity in products somewhere down the line."
That's why it's only a godsend for those who are too short sighted to see the writing on the wall. We've seen it in the Windows PC market and we're seeing it now in the Android market.
14. sbfalex (Posts: 24; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
please get your facts straight phonearena or the source this article was obtained... china telecom has been selling iphones for the past 3, 4 years and it's the smallest of the 3 major carriers in China... The largest carrier in China is China Mobile and that's the one that recently started selling iphones...