The iPhone is too complicated to be mass produced at high quality. Foxconn should not be blamed for this. Apple should learn from Samsung by making simpler mass market phones, in order to capture a larger market.
The Android ecosystem is now getting much bigger, with Samsung selling twice as many smartphones as Apple selling iPhones. Factor in all the other smartphone makers, the Android ecosystem is bigger.
The iPad mini is just a defensive move to slow the Android expansion.
Currently, there are 3 Apple stores in Shanghai, 2 in Beijing, and 2 in Hong Kong.
This Wangfujing retail location is the third for Beijing.
So the first store for Shenzhen will probably be the ninth for China.
If the price is now cheaper, then Foxconn should buy a larger share of Sharp.
The title of this article is misleading. If Sharp is cheaper now then it is even easier for Foxconn to pay for a larger share.
Samsung's Android ecosystem is way larger than Apple's iPhone ecosystem. The iPhone 5 is 3 months late and the screen is still 4 inch. The competition's 4.5 inch phones, 7 inch tablets and smart LED TV are selling like crazy now.