iPhone 11 Popularity Earns Apple Double-Digit Growth in China

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Apple saw a significant jump in smartphone shipments in China last month thanks in part to the popularity of the iPhone 11, according to Bloomberg.

The iPhone maker's shipments in China grew 18.7% year on year in December to roughly 3.18 million units, according to Bloomberg calculations based on government data on overall and Android device shipments. The increase marked an acceleration from the prior months, which were buoyed by the iPhone 11's release in September. The numbers come from the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology, a government think tank.
Apple's iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro brought significant improvements in battery life and camera quality over previous models, and have been well received by consumers and critics in China.

Apple's business last year in the country was strengthened in other ways, too. The company benefited from a sales tax cut that allowed it to decrease the price of its products, while investors took comfort in what Apple CEO Tim Cook called a "much better tone" in the China-U.S. trade relationship.

Looking ahead, the double-digit growth in shipments bodes well for Apple in the buildup to the Chinese New Year, which falls in late January this year.

However, the company still has some work to do if it is to put a significant dent in the market share of local vendors led by Huawei, which gained a dominant position domestically last year, despite its struggles abroad.

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Kabeyun

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However, the company still has some work to do if it is to put a significant dent in the market share of local vendors led by Huawei, which gained a dominant position domestically last year, despite its struggles abroad.
Good for Apple, but the Communist Party of China’s will always prefer its own vendors. Hard for me to envision a particularly large “dent.”
 

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It's good to see the Chinese people recognise that iPhone 11 Pro is the best smartphone on the market. Apple deserves this success.
Apple do deserve the success. I’m glad sales are rising in China again. But the Chinese still prefer their own phones better.
 

Justanotherfanboy

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The growth is related only to the shipment. Not impressive!

Educate yourself!!! =)
 

JosephAW

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I wonder if the China version of the iPhone and iOS has other hidden government requested features besides the removal of certain flags?
 

podlasek

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But I thought all the Analysts said Apple was failing in China?? so this article must be fake!

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Good for Apple, but the Communist Party of China’s will always prefer its own vendors. Hard for me to envision a particularly large “dent.”
Huawei grew like 50% in China market this year, mostly because of its extremely successful marketing strategy instead of political reasons. Not only Apple, other China vendors like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo also suffered from a painful decline this year, like 30% or even more. They were desperately seeking growth overseas because of Huawei's domestic dominance.
 

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Huawei grew like 50% in China market this year, mostly because of its extremely successful marketing strategy instead of political reasons. Not only Apple, other China vendors like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo also suffered from a painful decline this year, like 30% or even more. They were desperately seeking growth overseas because of Huawei's domestic dominance.
I think the political climate helped but I still think the Chinese would prefer their own smartphones.

However I think Apple are doing as well as they can without joining the race to the bottom.
 

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Educate yourself!!! =)
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Is it really a shock that Huawei is doing great in China? I don't think it has anything to do with politics or national pride. I have a few friends that live in China and they tell me it just makes more sense to get a Huawei phone if they want a flagship device.

Huawei smartphones in terms of technology and appearance are comparable to Apple and Samsung plus most consumers favor phones made in their home country when it comes to the big 3.

Apple - United States

Samsung - South Korea

Huawei - China
 

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That's funny. Apple, no doubt the world's leader in JIT manufacturing and inventory management, is paying all those substantial manufacturing costs, and then shipping iPhones to China just to be stored in a warehouse, and not sold.
Indeed, that was funny. the JIT expert always foreshadow that increase in shipment is due to huge demand from the retailer and the customer. SMH...
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Yeah they probably shipped more just to burn them for warmth. It’s a cold winter in China.
No doubt. It makes sense to ship more units so it wouldn't run out of stock.
 
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Double digit growth in China? So it’s a 10% growth. Interesting.
 
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iPhones have gained a reputation of bad signal reception in China ever since it made the switch to Intel modems. This is not helped by the fact that Huawei has enhanced modem capabilities in the mainland.

Otherwise, a lot of things are actually stacked in Apple’s favor. The iOS is an extremely stable alternative to China’s handicapped android, iPhone 11s are now cheaper to start with, and battery capacities have caught up. Not to mention there is a backlash happening against Huawei from the 251 scandal not too long ago.
 
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