Shrinking iPhone Market Share in China Driving Case Makers Toward Apple Rivals

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple's falling market share in China is prompting local electronics accessory makers to give more attention to phones and tablets made by rival Samsung among other electronics manufacturers. Specifically, the report cites competitive, feature-rich products from the likes of Samsung as well as various cheap phones by other mobile handset makers.
    Bloomberg's report comes alongside a separate claim stating that the iPhone 5S and Apple's low-cost iPhone 5C are set to launch in China on November 28th, which would likely bring an influx of new iPhone owners in the region. China Mobile, the world's biggest carrier, as well as one that notably does not carry the iPhone, is said to be in talks with Apple about carrying its mobile device with both sides feeling positive that a deal will happen.

    Apple will reportedly unveil the next-generation iPhone on September 10, and will likely unveil not only the iPhone 5S but also the lower-cost plastic iPhone 5C. Both devices are also rumored to launch in the first wave of markets on September 20.

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  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Due to price. Well, if the "5C" rumors are to be believed, then that should help Apple make in-roads into the Chinese market.
  3. medi.freak macrumors regular

    May 26, 2011
  4. Ryth macrumors 65816

    Apr 21, 2011
    Give it a month. Those case makers will be having a lot of returned to sender.
  5. cambox macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
  6. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    sensationalist headline and news by bloomberg, a lot of these case manufactures already diversified their product since samsung galaxy S2 launched.

    you can find lots and lots of cases for flagship phones here in singapore.
  7. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    App developers will be saying the same thing. Stick with Apple and you will see less profits because more people buy Android. Apple is the only one to blame.
  8. cambox macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    In all honesty I think Apple have lost there way in recent years, lets hope they can regain market confidence and get back their mojo soon.
  9. aristotle macrumors 68000


    Mar 13, 2007
    Right so stick with Apple and get profits or switch to android, spend more money on development because you have to reinvent features found in the Cocoa Touch frameworks and expect a greater share of zero dollars because most Android users are too cheap to pay for software.

    Protip: 0 dollars X 100,000 = 0 dollars X 1,000,000 = Zero dollars.

    Given the extra development costs you could end up with some value of negative dollars profit.

    You cannot make it up on volume if nobody is buying.
  10. Cubytus macrumors 65816

    Mar 2, 2007
    Price indeed. $800 for an smartphone is very expensive in ”rich“ countries, let alone in developing countries.
  11. Michael Scrip macrumors 601

    Mar 4, 2011
    Yes... but you're forgetting that more people are also buying more terrible smartphones that cost $80

    There are tons of cheap whitebox phones sold in developing nations. The category of "other" is pretty big.

    Someone who is only spending $80 on a smartphone will not be spending a ton of money on apps.

    So yeah... more people are buying phones that run Android. But a lot of those phones are garbage phones... and those phones are not getting developers excited.
  12. mudman2 macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2010
  13. Nickpocalypse macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2011
    Vancouver, BC, CA
    Shrinking iPhone Market Share in China Driving Apple Toward Gold iPhone


    More people buy Android and pirate apps.

    I've talked to many developers who still prefer developing for Apple despite market share shrinkage, because they offer a better platform for smaller devs, and there's far less piracy.
  14. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    So people who buy phones other than iPhones can now get cases, But in the past they might have not been able to? Why is this a problem?
  15. ftaok macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    I think the reason you see more and more cases for phones other than iphones is that the other manufacturers are making the same phone across all carriers. It used to be that AT&T would get a different Galaxy than Verizon and T-Mo, etc.

    The potential market is smaller since all of these slightly different phones needed different cases.

    With iPhone, the shapes have always been the same, regardless of carrier, so the case manufacturers only have to build one case and can sell them to all iPhone users.

    I'm not sure if this is the case in China, but in the US ... this is how I see it.

  16. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I think is just people w/ iPhones are tired of crappy quality cases and have stopped buying them.
  17., Aug 24, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013 macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2011
    Mumbai (India)
    iphones cost a lot, anyone affording one, can easily spend some more. Same with appstore and below is my point.
    In my office, leaving me and my boss on iPhone, other 7-8 guys carry android phones, they haven't yet purchased an app, i inquired couple of weeks before, infact i dont think they have yet linked credit/debit card to the play account. Same with my friends circle, most of them android/blackberry yet to purchase anything in play store. They all know how to download though.
    On an average i've spend 1-3 dollar every 2 month, its not much but till now i have purchased quite a few apps (including $5 ones like imovie, iphoto numbers infinity blade.....etc.). Either i'm spending a lot on apps or there's nothing worth spending in Android market, i dont know.
  18. lartius macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2007
    Smog central
    What phone is that?

    Maybe I'm out of touch with recent rumors, but what model iphone is that in the image? It looks like an iphone 5 but it has pill-shaped volume buttons.
  19. r3m1 macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2012
    Dont buy them, problem solved ;)
  20. Klosefabrinio macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2013
    HTC, always underrated. if there's a company who can dethrone samsung it's HTC, but the sad thing is that it's always left out, it's always ignored.:(
  21. asthamapheo macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2013
    apple should do something, TC is always focused on chine he should do something, bring out a better iphone but with lower price and apple will regain it's lost shares and position.
  22. harlemexplosion macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2013
    I doubt that it will affect Apple much at all. There will never be a shortage of Apple cases. They just can't afford to even if the market shrinks since most people who love to accessorize randomly (and probably have a need to do so since they can't modify the software) will mostly be Apple users.
  23. winston1236 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    The amount of people pirating is tiny, as in less than one percent so its far from mainstream.


    Then why do so many Wal-Mart employees have iPhones? That doesn't fit in with your "anyone affording one, can easily spend some more." logic.
  24. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    Is that based on any source, or just a wild guess? That doesn't make any sense.
    If rivals gain ground, people will want to buy accessories for rival devices. Just the fact that in the past the iPhone has proven very successful isn't evidence that people buying other phone brands are less likely to buy accessories.
  25. harlemexplosion macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2013
    Not a guess... it is based a bit on my own experience and my observation.
    Of course, I understand that my local does not represent the world, but i do notice that most people on iphone tends to have a new case several times a month.

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