Two days ago, Apple finally released the iPhone SE (2020) which had been long awaited and for a fact, the device is expected to help Apple stand it’s ground more in China but analysts are saying otherwise basically due to the lack of 5G on the device.
Well, the analysts didn’t just come up with the suggestion that the iPhone might not save Apple in the world most populous country. It was due to a poll which was conducted on Weibo whereby some 60% of the roughly 350,000 respondents said they would not buy the currently most affordable iPhone which only costs $399.
Meanwhile a fifth of the respondent said they would purchase the device while the remainder said they would consider buying it. While the reasons for the decisions of the respondents weren’t questioned, most commented that if the price of the device dropped further, they might consider it.
“If you don’t buy it and I don’t buy it, tomorrow the price will drop another 200 yuan ($28),” said one Weibo user whose comment got more than 10,000 likes.
What’s worth noting is the fact that Apple is losing China despite being its third biggest market which accounted for about 15% of its sales. With the rise of numerous Android smartphones in the country, the number had been reducing over the period of several years.
And as for Europe, the same there isn’t a better way of measuring it if anybody would want the device just yet considering the current situation the continent is while being ravaged by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile die-hard iPhone customers especially those that still use the good old iPhone 6 can switch tot he highly secured and modified version which offer modern tech and stuffs like that.
“These are people who keep their phones for four or five years, until they either break or the battery dies,” said Annette Zimmermann at consultancy Gartner.
ENTERS THE 5G RACE
Almost every Android smartphones released in China whether it’s big or small all feature 5G support which is like a rat race involving both the big guys such as Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus to smaller companies like Nubia, RealMe and so on.
Even the sales price of the iPhone 11 was reduced by 17% by some Chinese online retailers just this past week which isn’t a new thing as Apple do periodically allow it’s Chinese sales-partners reduce the prices of its devices in order to further boost demands .
Three China-based analysts said the iPhone SE would mainly appeal to Apple brand loyalists who don’t want to spend about $700 for the high-end iPhone 11.
“The new iPhone SE will, for sure, attract mid-range users who don’t take 5G connectivity as a necessity,” said Mo Jia, who tracks the global smartphone industry at research firm Canalys.
Another thing worthy of note is the fact that the Coronavirus pandemic has caused the loss of millions of jobs worldwide with numerous businesses closing down and that puts economic recession in the foreseeable future which is going to be another tough period worldwide.
And as of now, Apple’s store only re-opened in China because most countries imposed lockdown on their citizens and enterprises in other to curb off the spread of the Coronavirus.
Government data showed that Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones to Chinese vendors in March, nearly a fifth higher than the same month a year earlier and a sharp jump from only 500,000 in February, when the virus outbreak was at its peak in China. Orders for the iPhone SE (2020) starts today and will deliver by April 24th.