Report: Japanese sales of the Apple iPhone 5s dropped 85% in April
posted by Alan F. / May 30, 2014, 2:24 PM
One reason for the decline in Japanese iPhone sales is the 5% to 8% hike in sales tax that took effect on April 1st. Combined, total iPhone sales added up to 1.8 million units in January and February, with a decline to 700,000 units in April following the sales tax increase. During the first quarter, 8 million Apple iPhones were sold in Japan, 18% of the global sales total of 43.7 million units that were rung up in the three month period.
In the Japanese sales standings for the week ended May 25th, KDDI's 16GB Apple iPhone 5s was the highest ranking version of Apple's smartphone, although it dropped from fourth place to eighth place from the previous week. The same exact model sold at SoftBank, dropped from third to ninth position. The top two selling smartphones in Japan for the week, were Sony Xperia models.
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they know what they're doing.
posted on May 30, 2014, 2:33 PM 2
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Losing sales....that's what they're doing. Unless you mean the Japanese because yes they definitely know what they're doing. Also, can we get numbers for other smartphones and if they also catastrophically tanked, because if they didn't then that whole tax hike excuse is completely garbage speculation. I assume Apple gear wasn't the only thing hit by the taxes.
posted on May 30, 2014, 4:20 PM 10
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It isn't just the tiny low resolution screen. It's the haphazard mess that is iOS 7. And it's the fact that Sony, Sharp, and others are delivering great phones in Japan. iPhone may be easier to use than Android, but it's also a dull stagnant world.
posted on May 30, 2014, 2:40 PM 23
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How did they manage to sell 3.2million units, wow. I thought japanese were smart not getting inflicted into Apples world of lies and BS…..
posted on May 30, 2014, 2:42 PM 15
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While you sitting here accusing all iphone users to be dumb. Sony sharp and other brands are selling good in Japan because they are loyal to home brandings. Thats a fact. Nokia sells sh*t loads of phones in Finland. Sweden used to sell many from Ericsson and Sonyericsson. iphone got a strong brand recognition in america.
posted on May 30, 2014, 8:28 PM 0
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Or the fact that the new iPhone will be out in a month.. I'm an android man, I dislike Apple and all of their products, but goddamit simple logic states people are willing to wait a month before upgrading, when the newer model will be released. This happens EVERY year. Logic my friend. It's not rocket science
posted on May 30, 2014, 3:19 PM 5
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This fall off in iPhone sales seems like it is more in sync with the recent production of great new phones from Sony, Sharp, LG, Samsung, etc. than it is related to the still many months away iPhone 6 release.
posted on May 30, 2014, 7:51 PM 2
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I doubt most of the fans know when exactly the iP6 releases. Yet if they know when it is, it's still a long way. There is still at least 3 months to go (Depending on where you live in terms of availability).
posted on May 31, 2014, 5:31 AM 1
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Awesome! I hope Japanese smartphones will gain more sales in their home land! The beautiful Nippon
posted on May 30, 2014, 2:47 PM 4
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I find it funny to read all of these articles about, "What we'd like to see in iOS 8", and it's a list of things already available on the Android OS. What's funny is I can't think of a single thing on iOS that I need for my Android phone...it seems it's already there.
posted on May 30, 2014, 2:48 PM 15
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Yes, and in most cases, half-assed on that Android phone. I love how Android fans think the iPhone followed Android, instead of the other way around. Nothing truly original happened on Android until 4.0, and even then, they followed with such killer features as "folders," that almost every other mobile OS had been using for years. The only thing Android fans can point to is notifications, as if there weren't prior implementations, when Apple's notifications more closely resemble Palm's.
posted on May 30, 2014, 5:23 PM 3
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I should have stopped reading sooner...but I definitely stopped at: "Nothing truly original happened on Android until 4.0" What truly original happened on iOS and the iPhone? Android and iOS both are following in others footsteps.
posted on May 30, 2014, 10:01 PM 2
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Looks more like the last months represented by 3 and 4 are anomalies than anything else. Other than that, the chart shows a slight decline over time for the non-5S models, but not anything major. I'm more curious to what caused the spike and why it didn't last but for the one time period reported.
posted on May 30, 2014, 3:06 PM 0
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It's inevitable for Apple to release a large display screen, because a 4-inch smartphone is a declining demand.
posted on May 30, 2014, 3:15 PM 1
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maybe, but still there are alot of people who are satisfied in small screen sizes 4-inch is right, but 4.7 would be perfect i think? 4.5 is much better for me coz i held one, the xperia z1 compact, perfect fit for my hands, 1 hand operation, don't like the idea of carrying your phone and operate it with two hands, it make me feel restricted. i want my other hand to be free for me to enable to do multi tasking...
posted on Jun 02, 2014, 9:21 PM 0
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