Smartphone shipments plunged in February with slow road to recovery ahead

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in General Discussion edited March 2020
Global smartphone shipments plunged 38% year-over-year in February and a broader COVID-19 sales slump is likely to continue, according to new analytics data.

Smartphone shipments plummeted in February, but lockdowns and weakened consumer demand will likely continue to plague the industry.
Smartphone shipments plummeted in February, and coronavirus lockdowns and weakened consumer demand will likely continue to plague the industry.


That sales tumble, the industry's worst, is far from unexpected. In February, much of China was on lockdown, including retail stores and smartphone factories. The country is the world's largest smartphone market and a key part of the supply chain for most device manufacturers.

Worldwide phone shipments fell to 61.8 million units in February, down from 99.2 million the same time last year, according to new global smartphone data from Strategy Analytics.

Despite early signs of recovery in China, the global smartphone industry will still feels the impacts of COVID-19 since "hundreds of millions of affluent customers are in lockdown, unable or unwilling to shop for new devices," Strategy Analytics analyst Yiwen Wu said on Friday.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf told CNBC Thursday that smartphone activations in China are normalizing, and earlier in the month, Foxconn indicated that its return to full production has "exceeded expectations."

But the rest of the world is still grappling with a worsening COVID-19 outbreak, including markets and regions that are just as critical to Apple and other companies as China.

Apple in March shuttered all of its brick-and-mortar retail locations outside of China. Order limits placed on new devices also suggest that the Cupertino titan is still dealing with lingering supply issues across the board.

Smartphone sales are still likely to slump across most of the world, with entire states and countries under lockdown and many employees out of work or experiencing cut hours.

"The smartphone industry will have to work harder than ever to lift sales in the coming weeks, such as online flash sales or generous discounts on bundling with hot products like smartwatches," Wu said.

Apple, of course, prefers to keep its products at regular prices on first-party store and storefronts. That's likely reflected in analyst forecasts indicating that iPhone demand may continue to drop in the short term.

Neil Mawston, Strategy Analytics' executive director, called February "a period the smartphone industry will want to forget." But looking ahead, it seems like the industry isn't out of the woods yet.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    jgojcajjgojcaj Posts: 48member
    Good- maybe the phones shouldn't be $1000+ with tax.
    Apple (and every phone manufacture) needs to learn their greedy lesson. 
    elijahgAI_liasrain22
  • Reply 2 of 12
    sirozhasirozha Posts: 801member
    AAPL plunged in the last 1.5 hours of trading today, closing at $229.24. So, the hype has been unwound back to October 9, 2019. AAPL has lost 30% since its high on February 12, 2020. It has another 24% to go. 

    AAPL is on its way to $150 by the end of August, 2020. 
    edited March 2020
  • Reply 3 of 12
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,991member
    jgojcaj said:
    Good- maybe the phones shouldn't be $1000+ with tax.
    Apple (and every phone manufacture) needs to learn their greedy lesson. 
    Completely baloney. Hater gonna hate and you hate business. I notice you don't include automobiles that cost $100,000.00 and more in your greedy lesson. What's happening is the world economy is being eviscerated by the decisions of medical experts. Anyone who thinks things will return to normal quickly after a few weeks or months is whistling past the graveyard. It could take a decade or more to return to any semblance of normalcy. It is quite possible that more people will suffer more misery and death because of a collapsed economy than the virus itself will ever kill. We are screwed.
    edited March 2020
  • Reply 4 of 12
    tmaytmay Posts: 5,722member
    lkrupp said:
    jgojcaj said:
    Good- maybe the phones shouldn't be $1000+ with tax.
    Apple (and every phone manufacture) needs to learn their greedy lesson. 
    Completely baloney. Hater gonna hate and you hate business. I notice you don't include automobiles that cost $100,000.00 and more in your greedy lesson. What's happening is the world economy is being eviscerated by the decisions of medical experts. Anyone who thinks things will return to normal quickly after a few weeks or months is whistling past the graveyard. It could take a decade or more to return to any semblance of normalcy. It is quite possible that more people will suffer more misery and death because of a collapsed economy than the virus itself will ever kill. We are screwed.
    "It is quite possible that more people will suffer more misery and death because of a collapsed economy than the virus itself will ever kill."

    Italy called, and the 627 people that died today beg to disagree.
    fastasleepmuthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 5 of 12
    seankillseankill Posts: 559member
    I know my wife and I are planning to delay replacing our iPhone 7s, we had planned to go 4 years (vs the typical 2 year cycle we used to follow) but as a precaution, we will go 5 now. Helps justify the cost of a $1200 phone anyway. 
  • Reply 6 of 12
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,991member
    tmay said:
    lkrupp said:
    jgojcaj said:
    Good- maybe the phones shouldn't be $1000+ with tax.
    Apple (and every phone manufacture) needs to learn their greedy lesson. 
    Completely baloney. Hater gonna hate and you hate business. I notice you don't include automobiles that cost $100,000.00 and more in your greedy lesson. What's happening is the world economy is being eviscerated by the decisions of medical experts. Anyone who thinks things will return to normal quickly after a few weeks or months is whistling past the graveyard. It could take a decade or more to return to any semblance of normalcy. It is quite possible that more people will suffer more misery and death because of a collapsed economy than the virus itself will ever kill. We are screwed.
    "It is quite possible that more people will suffer more misery and death because of a collapsed economy than the virus itself will ever kill."

    Italy called, and the 627 people that died today beg to disagree.
    Well, we'll see how many die form the virus compared to how many die  from malnutrition, starvation, suicide, and depression because the world economy slips into another great depression. Time will tell won't it.
    muthuk_vanalingamapplguyCarnage
  • Reply 7 of 12
    flydogflydog Posts: 1,092member
    jgojcaj said:
    Good- maybe the phones shouldn't be $1000+ with tax.
    Apple (and every phone manufacture) needs to learn their greedy lesson. 
    10 years ago, a cell phone was $400 and a digital camera another $400, and both together didn't provide even 1% of the functionality of an iPhone 11 Pro.

    Get a grip on reality fool.
    edited March 2020 fastasleepjony0
  • Reply 8 of 12
    tmaytmay Posts: 5,722member
    lkrupp said:
    tmay said:
    lkrupp said:
    jgojcaj said:
    Good- maybe the phones shouldn't be $1000+ with tax.
    Apple (and every phone manufacture) needs to learn their greedy lesson. 
    Completely baloney. Hater gonna hate and you hate business. I notice you don't include automobiles that cost $100,000.00 and more in your greedy lesson. What's happening is the world economy is being eviscerated by the decisions of medical experts. Anyone who thinks things will return to normal quickly after a few weeks or months is whistling past the graveyard. It could take a decade or more to return to any semblance of normalcy. It is quite possible that more people will suffer more misery and death because of a collapsed economy than the virus itself will ever kill. We are screwed.
    "It is quite possible that more people will suffer more misery and death because of a collapsed economy than the virus itself will ever kill."

    Italy called, and the 627 people that died today beg to disagree.
    Well, we'll see how many die form the virus compared to how many die  from malnutrition, starvation, suicide, and depression because the world economy slips into another great depression. Time will tell won't it.
    shakes head...

    Here's someone who understands leadership, and values. I don't expect you will see anything that you like. 

    Sad.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=hNmm5OLBx8c&feature=emb_logo
  • Reply 9 of 12
    NY1822NY1822 Posts: 621member
    sirozha said:
    AAPL plunged in the last 1.5 hours of trading today, closing at $229.24. So, the hype has been unwound back to October 9, 2019. AAPL has lost 30% since its high on February 12, 2020. It has another 24% to go. 

    AAPL is on its way to $150 by the end of August, 2020. 




    The stock has 2 gaps to fill: 158 & 120
    Algos have no emotion
  • Reply 11 of 12
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,103member
    seankill said:
    I know my wife and I are planning to delay replacing our iPhone 7s, we had planned to go 4 years (vs the typical 2 year cycle we used to follow) but as a precaution, we will go 5 now. Helps justify the cost of a $1200 phone anyway. 
    You don't have to buy the Pro model. My gf and I just replaced our phones that were stolen on vacation a couple weeks ago, she replaced her 7 with a Product (Red) 11 and loves it. $700. Personally, I opted to replace my X with an 11 Pro 256GB but that was a choice I made. Nobody is forced to buy a $1200 iPhone.
    jony0
  • Reply 12 of 12
    seankillseankill Posts: 559member
    seankill said:
    I know my wife and I are planning to delay replacing our iPhone 7s, we had planned to go 4 years (vs the typical 2 year cycle we used to follow) but as a precaution, we will go 5 now. Helps justify the cost of a $1200 phone anyway. 
    You don't have to buy the Pro model. My gf and I just replaced our phones that were stolen on vacation a couple weeks ago, she replaced her 7 with a Product (Red) 11 and loves it. $700. Personally, I opted to replace my X with an 11 Pro 256GB but that was a choice I made. Nobody is forced to buy a $1200 iPhone.
    I only get the larger screened phones now and I prefer the Pro. 

    You say the obvious, that I don’t need to buy the $1200 phone, never said I did; you should consider rereading my post. By keeping the phone for 5 years, I can justify a higher cost phone, reducing the monthly cost of the phone. Waiting for the base max to have 128gb too. 
    muthuk_vanalingam
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