Apple Announces Chinese New Year Event Featuring Free Beats Solo3 Headphones With Mac or iPhone Purchase

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today announced an upcoming one-day sale in celebration of Chinese New Year, where the company will provide free Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones in red to all customers who purchase a select Mac or iPhone in various countries around the world.

    The sale will kick off on January 6 at 8:00 a.m. local time and will be available in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. A Chinese New Year announcement is available in Malaysia, but the country is not included in the free headphone offer.


    To get the free Beats headphones, customers in eligible countries will need to purchase an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac Pro, but the late 2016 MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar is excluded from the sale. Eligible iPhones include the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus.

    Apple's sale announcement is accompanied by a New Year's gift guide featuring a range of New Year's-themed products in red and gold, including a lion dance LionBot kit, a limited edition DJI Phantom 4 drone, and a Chinese New Year iPhone 7 case from Tech21.


    Last year, Apple celebrated Chinese New Year by introducing two exclusive Apple Watch Sport models featuring (PRODUCT)RED Sport Bands.

    Article Link: Apple Announces Chinese New Year Event Featuring Free Beats Solo3 Headphones With Mac or iPhone Purchase
  2. Quu, Jan 2, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2017

    Quu macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2007
    Seems weird to me that they only do this for these select Asian countries. What about America their home turf? Nothing special at all? - We did just celebrate Christmas and our own new year.

    EDIT: You can stop quoting me guys, I get it ^.^
  3. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    It's clearly a strategic move to bolster iPhone presence in Asia, where Apple has faced tougher competition.

    Apple already strongly dominates profits and has a healthy chunk of marketshare in North America.
  4. SamVilde macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2008
    New York City
    Why is the tbMBP excluded from the offer? Shouldn't the people dropping the most $$ be included in the offer?
  5. askunk macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2011
  6. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Because I think Apple is trying to clear out older Mac inventory (e.g. Macs that haven't been updated in about a year or much longer) to make way for the overdue new Macs.
  7. iMcLovin macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2009
    I'm not from asia, not that it matters. Allready have beats bluetooth headphones. Never gonna buy it again. Laggy bluetooth, bad quality, glued ear puffs that goes apart after 1.5 year of gentle usage, and sound isnt all that good. Only thing above normal on those headphones are price. And, currently no macs are tempting either since they are all massively overpriced and outdated,... so time for apple to make some better products than start making discounts if they want to grow their market share. Even my iphone 7 upgrade from 6s was a pointless investment, IMO
  8. entropys macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    three thoughts:
    • wow!
    • it is time for me to start celebrating chinese new year; and
    • are sales that bad in those countries?
  9. SamVilde macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2008
    New York City
    That would be my first thought, but the ntMBP is not excluded.
  10. solipsism macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2008
    There are lots of reasons, and all of them are financial. As Dwalls90 states, they are clearing out old inventory. To move these seasoned products not only means that they won't have them taking up warehouse space being unsold, but have also made plenty of profit. The same can't be said for the products with the Touch Bar which is a huge investment that will take time to pay off. While Apple did raise the price because of the increased cost, it doesn't mean that these new MacBook Pros are just raping customers with a higher profit margin despite what many posters here want to believe. Finally, those new Macs are already outstripping demand so to offer a sale to push future sales will just cause even more delays worldwide, which could have a net negative effect on their revenue, profits, marketshare, and/or mindshare.

    tl;dr: No need to discount a product that's already selling faster than you can make them.
  11. Glassed Silver macrumors 68000

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    These sales have been a tradition for Apple in Asia for a while now and are merely an adaption to national traditions.

    If you want this tradition to come to the West there needs to be the needed cultural exchange.

    We didn't get Black Friday and Cyber Monday in Europe by mere chance, it's because we are culturally rather close to the US whilst the bonds to Asia are still mostly "exotic".

    I assume Apple wouldn't mind bringing a sale-booster to the US and elsewhere, but they can't just yell "Happy New Year!" when nobody gets it.

    I mean they could, but there needs to be SOME basis for this.

    One way to gently introduce it could be to offer this sale in cities with big Chinese communities and even China Towns at first and then let it spread.

    Glassed Silver:ios
  12. nick42983 macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2009
    Red is more popular in Asia. They're getting rid of excess stock.
  13. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2016
  14. Solomani macrumors 68030


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    It's also a patriotic color in China. Much like Americans will paint something red white and blue for the sake of patriotism.
  15. okboy macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    They had Black Friday specials in the West, as well as free shipping over the holidays. Entitled much?
  16. rob.james.arias, Jan 2, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2017

    rob.james.arias macrumors regular


    Apr 20, 2015
    In 12 months I have purchased a rMB, two iPad pros, an apple watch, an iPhone 7, and 7+. Not one single promotion like this. Oh well, I am not gonna get worked up, however this would have been nice...
  17. Technarchy macrumors 603


    May 21, 2012
    I love my Powerbeats 2. When they die I will get the Powerbeats 3. Product performance has been flawless.
  18. jonnysods macrumors 601


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    They've already secured the American market, this is to grease the wheels in China and get that bigger marketshare. Sure beats the heck out of releasing new products.
  19. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    Were. Though they are still overpriced.
  20. twocents macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2016
    California, USA
    Don't wanna come off as a troll, but they couldn't pay me to wear those ugly, generically designed headphones that look like a blown up kid's set. Would much rather be wearing my AirPods, but still got till February for them to ship!
  21. Quu macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2007
    Which deal entitled us to free headphones with our purchases?
  22. Gudi macrumors 68020


    May 3, 2013
    Berlin, Berlin
    America is probably the only country in the world where Beats is a brand for which people pay good money. Everywhere else they're good enough as a free gift for purchasing a real Apple device. Actually I wouldn't want them for free, I want a cheaper MacBook Pro instead. Thanks!
  23. Dilster3k, Jan 2, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2017

    Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Step 1 - receive said Beats headphones

    Step 2 - sell those atrocious headphones

    Step 3 - purchase AirPods with that money

    *Optional - purchase second pair with remaining money
  24. iansumuk macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2015
    --- Post Merged, Jan 2, 2017 ---
    It's a good deal but here in China they're not doing enough to compete with Huawei. Having just purchased the Mate Pro 9 (I'm in Southern China) and loving all the things it can do that an iPhone can't, I don't see they're ever going to compete. WeChat is the important app in China, everyone uses it, Apple need to focus on that. My phone lets me run two copies of WeChat and split the screen so I can see each copy at once - which means two people can stay in touch on one phone. Or I can run two different apps. It's well made too, and costs less. It's got twin Leica lenses and pictures I've taken at night are 100% clear compared to the iPhone 7 poor results (the missus has the iPhone 7). It's acting as a universal TV remote too, learning from other remotes. The battery life is very good. I can't see how Apple will persuade Chinese people to pay more to do less, they can't play the quality card as Huawei has that card too. Anyway, I came to China 3 years ago, everyone seemed to have iPhone, 2 years ago a few less iPhones, and now - iPhone is getting harder to spot. In this area of China, people like to buy Chinese product, it seems Huawei is winning here. I'm in Nanning.
  25. businezguy macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    Bro, it sucks all those people quoting you.

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