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Apple to spark upgrade rush with new iPhones, tight pricing

Apple to spark upgrade rush with new iPhones tight pricing Apple to spark upgrade rush with new iPhones, tight pricing
Cecil Davis | 11 September, 2019, 19:58

By jam packing the new iPhones with better cameras and faster capability, Apple is trying to make the case for users to upgrade now-just in time for the launch of Apple TV+ and Arcade, both of which will look better on iDevices that can process images faster and show them in more dazzling high resolution.

The iPhone maker, which is the only foreign brand to hold a top-five position in China, is struggling to fight off local competitors Huawei Technologies Co., Oppo and Xiaomi, whose slicker designs, more sophisticated cameras and cheaper price tags are wooing customers all over the country.

With iPhone sales declining year over year for the past two fiscal quarters, investors are focusing on the growth potential for services. So what is the difference between the iPhone 11 compared to its predecessor, the iPhone XR? Apple however, missed the feature (amongst many others) in their new line-up, and the rival has added salt to wound for Apple fans.

Still, Apple suppliers saw an uptick in their stock prices following the launch, partially driven by Apple's reduced $699 iPhone 11 starting price.

China is hurrying to be a leader in the 5G era, and state-owned mobile operators have pledged billions of dollars to build the requisite nationwide infrastructure.

Last night, Apple unveiled a bunch of stuff including new phones, a new watch, and a new iPad. That around half the 63 million units it sold in 2015.

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The iPhone 11 will come out later than the iPhone 11 Pro. Apple aggressively negotiates volume discounts from suppliers, and Bajarin believes Apple saved between $30 and $50 in parts per iPhone this year.

Apple is widely rumored to be waiting until 2020 to unleash its first 5G iPhones. It swept up 41.2% of the premium smartphone market in the second quarter of 2019, according to research firm International Data Corporation. "That means Apple will miss out on the first six months of the cycle", he said.

Apple has improved a lot on the hardware side of iPhone 11.

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They believe this move aims to recapture lost ground in China, where Apples market share has been slipping in recent quarters as people flock to Huawei phones (partly to support the home-grown brand in the midst of the U.S. trade war, but also because of pricing considerations). As a result, iPhone unit sales have slowed significantly and iPhone revenues were down 12% from past year during the June-ending quarter.