'Disappointing' new iPhone sales due to trade and spy wars may have forced Tim Cook's China trip
by Daniel Petrov / Oct 11, 2018, 3:32 AM
Apparently, Tim Cook met with the Communist Party secretary there (yes, what a whiff of 80s nostalgia), whose office posted a statement that Apple could serve as a goodwill ambassador of sorts to the current fraught US-Sino relations situation:
Apple's CEO, on the other hand, reportedly lavished Mr Li with praise in his turn, extolling the virtues of Shanghai's "strong support and good service to the development of the company."
Another local report, however, tips that Mr Cook is trying to stave off a potential sales disaster in the world's largest cell phone market. A perfect storm of negative attitudes towards American products due to the ongoing trade and spy wars initiated by the White House and the high iPhone XS Max price in China has resulted in "disappointing" sales of Apple's new iPhones according to a dealer channels' probe.
After all, the iPhone XS Max costs the equivalent of $1850 there, while at this price a Chinese customer could get two high-end Huawei handsets and spare some change for a celebratory dinner. Thus, Tim Cook's "charm offensive" at this time makes perfect sense and doesn't look like it is even remotely related to the "spy chip" stories, as he is even rumored to meet the Chinese president at some point during the trip.
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So Apple tries anything but lowering their prices. Hilarious :))
posted on Oct 11, 2018, 3:51 AM 16
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Ofc, do you expect them to starve their holy stakeholders? Tim Cook went to China to beg them to buy his overpriced junks, pathetic.
posted on Oct 11, 2018, 4:33 AM 14
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Apple is continuously losing market share in China. I don't see Apple bouncing back in China. Apple is almost dead in India with only 1% sales. The two largest smartphone markets in the world, and Apple is dropping like flies. Unless Apple drops the prices, then Apple doesn't have a hope in hell of recovering their market share, period.
posted on Oct 11, 2018, 3:53 PM 2
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Apple need China sales for all those FBI and CIA back doors in iOS so that the USA monitoring of China can continue - but I think China is just one upping the USA like the USA did banning ZTE and Huawei...
posted on Oct 11, 2018, 8:48 PM 0
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Poor sales are simply because you introduced a £1000 base product, and a £1100 larger base model, prices are ludicrous, theu are not competative, and given that the xr doesnt arrive till late Oct its no surprise, once that device hits the market then sales will no douvt massively increase, but im guessing u had the idea that everyone would rush and get the latest and greatest of apple devices and in turn make even more ludicrous profits, that simply isnt happening due to prices, 8 think to be competetive and shift more devices the xs should be £899 with 128gb storage, and the xsmax should be £999 with 128gb, even rhough them models dont exist i know, but thats the competitions guide flagship prices
posted on Oct 11, 2018, 5:22 AM 0
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Oh now i see tim cook gone there to click selfies with chinese ladies chick lol sound like tim cook is happy clicking photos with hot chinese chick out there seen in above pics.That women in above pic is cute and sweet lady or girl for me. :)Hope he doesn't pollute there with his old stinky farts on womens and mens out there already china is a polluted country.
posted on Oct 11, 2018, 7:37 AM 0
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Lots of businesses are limited by international trade constraints. Apple will just have to deal with it like the rest of us. No one is entitled to any product at any price. Could they buy 2 other Chinese-brand premium phones - yes. Do they want to - no? They have to live the same decision everyone else does.
posted on Oct 11, 2018, 12:16 PM 0
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