'Disappointing' new iPhone sales due to trade and spy wars may have forced Tim Cook's China trip

'Disappointing' new iPhone sales due to trade and spy wars may have forced Tim Cook's China trip
A lengthy report on Apple CEO's Tim Cook current visit in China shines a light on the real reasons he is traveling that far in a busy month for launches and announcements. No, it's not the Chinese "spy chip" scandal, this one was already debunked by Apple, but rather a real possibility that President Trump's trade war with China may hurt Apple's business.

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.

source: Tim Cook (Weibo) & Washington Post via 9to5Mac

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16 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So Apple tries anything but lowering their prices. Hilarious :))

3. notfair

Posts: 740; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Ofc, do you expect them to starve their holy stakeholders? Tim Cook went to China to beg them to buy his overpriced junks, pathetic.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don’t be mad bro.

9. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

Sounds like ur the one who’s mad, brother bro

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So by saying 4 words, you say I’m mad lol. You sound dumb dude. Now you say: sounds like ur the one who’s dumb, brother bro.

13. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

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.

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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...

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I won't be surprised if the launched another Chinese exclusive model, like 32GB iPhone XR for $699 (with dual sim slot obviously).

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

thats all they have to do... lower that price by 150 or 200.... you wont be able to find a store with any in stock!

2. ijuanp03

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

"Chinese "spy chip" scandal, this one was already debunked by Apple" Wait until Apple ships enough iPhones then the spy chip will then be "discovered" inside.

4. geordie8t1

Posts: 298; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

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

8. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

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.

11. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

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.

12. D34ever

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Kowtowing to a bunch of thieves? Typical American capitalist. Putting money above national pride.

14. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Apple expect high sales in a country where 90% of thr people make less than 1/2 that in a month. Haha!

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

They aren't buying your s**t anymore, what do Timmy? Priced themselves too high and now in a corner against common sense, good luck with that.

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