China smartphone market plummets as Apple gains ground

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Overall smartphone shipments in China are plummeting toward their lowest point in a decade, though signs indicate Apple is still faring well in the environment.

iPhone 13 models
iPhone 13 models


In the first half of 2022, the smartphone market declined 21.7% to 134 million shipments, according to information released by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology that was seen by Nikkei.

Canalys data cited by the publication showed major drops in smartphone shipments from established domestic players like Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi.

There are a number of factors contributing to the decline, including a rate of smartphone ownership in China and the fact that consumers appear to be upgrading their devices less frequently. Covid-related economic disruptions are also playing a role.

China is one of the largest smartphone markets in the world, and a critical region for both domestic manufacturers and foreign companies like Apple.

There are signs that Apple is actually gaining ground in the declining smartphone market in China, however.

Back in July, monthly CAICT data indicated that international smartphone shipments in China -- mostly comprised of Apple products -- reached 3.5 million units in June. That's a million more shipments than the historical average of 2.3 million units.

During the month of June, Apple shipments increased 24% year-over-year amid the declining market.

Apple's strong performance in China and elsewhere appears to be driven by the iPhone 13 lineup, which is selling unusually well at this point in the year. The decline of Huawei in China and elsewhere is also playing a role.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    Apple is doomed. China is not our friend.  :s 
    darkvaderJP234jony0
  • Reply 2 of 9
    JP234JP234 Posts: 80member
    Apple is doomed. China is not our friend.  :s 
    So sayeth the prophet. Predicting the demise of Apple has cost a lot of investors and traders billions. Chinese consumers understand Apple's commitment to guarding their data and their privacy, and know full well that any Chinese-made smartphone is designed to spy on and track them. That's the reason Apple is gaining traction in the Chinese market. Huawei has already been caught implanting government tracking chips in their phones, for both foreign and domestic use.

    There is also the undeniable superiority of iOS over Android.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 9
    JP234 said:
    Apple is doomed. China is not our friend.  :s 
    So sayeth the prophet. Predicting the demise of Apple has cost a lot of investors and traders billions. Chinese consumers understand Apple's commitment to guarding their data and their privacy, and know full well that any Chinese-made smartphone is designed to spy on and track them. That's the reason Apple is gaining traction in the Chinese market. Huawei has already been caught implanting government tracking chips in their phones, for both foreign and domestic use.

    There is also the undeniable superiority of iOS over Android.
    This is precious. Do you have links to this story? 
    JP234
  • Reply 4 of 9
    danoxdanox Posts: 1,042member
    Apple has been doing well in China since intro, with those that can afford their devices, and that is true worldwide marketshare isn’t their goal, but profit share is, the analyst’s keep getting it wrong.


    edited August 4 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 9
    JP234JP234 Posts: 80member
    JP234 said:
    Apple is doomed. China is not our friend.  :s 
    So sayeth the prophet. Predicting the demise of Apple has cost a lot of investors and traders billions. Chinese consumers understand Apple's commitment to guarding their data and their privacy, and know full well that any Chinese-made smartphone is designed to spy on and track them. That's the reason Apple is gaining traction in the Chinese market. Huawei has already been caught implanting government tracking chips in their phones, for both foreign and domestic use.

    There is also the undeniable superiority of iOS over Android.
    This is precious. Do you have links to this story? 
    Sure!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 9
    JP234 said:
    JP234 said:
    Apple is doomed. China is not our friend.  :s 
    So sayeth the prophet. Predicting the demise of Apple has cost a lot of investors and traders billions. Chinese consumers understand Apple's commitment to guarding their data and their privacy, and know full well that any Chinese-made smartphone is designed to spy on and track them. That's the reason Apple is gaining traction in the Chinese market. Huawei has already been caught implanting government tracking chips in their phones, for both foreign and domestic use.

    There is also the undeniable superiority of iOS over Android.
    This is precious. Do you have links to this story? 
    Sure!
    I don't see the link mentioned implementing tracking chips in the phones. I was scammed by you.
  • Reply 7 of 9
    danoxdanox Posts: 1,042member
    JP234 said:
    JP234 said:
    Apple is doomed. China is not our friend.  :s 
    So sayeth the prophet. Predicting the demise of Apple has cost a lot of investors and traders billions. Chinese consumers understand Apple's commitment to guarding their data and their privacy, and know full well that any Chinese-made smartphone is designed to spy on and track them. That's the reason Apple is gaining traction in the Chinese market. Huawei has already been caught implanting government tracking chips in their phones, for both foreign and domestic use.

    There is also the undeniable superiority of iOS over Android.
    This is precious. Do you have links to this story? 
    Sure!
    I don't see the link mentioned implementing tracking chips in the phones. I was scammed by you.

    A new variation on the Apple is Doomed theme, but everyone else is ok, however if China were to bite it, 1929 on a even greater scale…..
    edited August 7
  • Reply 8 of 9
    jony0jony0 Posts: 365member
    JP234 said:
    JP234 said:
    Apple is doomed. China is not our friend.  :s 
    So sayeth the prophet. Predicting the demise of Apple has cost a lot of investors and traders billions. Chinese consumers understand Apple's commitment to guarding their data and their privacy, and know full well that any Chinese-made smartphone is designed to spy on and track them. That's the reason Apple is gaining traction in the Chinese market. Huawei has already been caught implanting government tracking chips in their phones, for both foreign and domestic use.

    There is also the undeniable superiority of iOS over Android.
    This is precious. Do you have links to this story? 
    Sure!
    I don't see the link mentioned implementing tracking chips in the phones. I was scammed by you.
    FTA : "U.S. officials revealed some of what they knew about Huawei, in particular its reputation for being an extension of Beijing's spying apparatus. U.S. officials disclosed findings that Huawei had used backdoors in networking equipment it manufactured"

    Granted, they're neither tracking chips nor are they in the phones. However software based backdoors can be easier to implement and ported to other equipment like phones and can be harder to discover. They're also only some of the findings that were revealed. So the original claim is definitely a technical stretch but the spying narrative is by no means a scam (as per the link).
    edited August 7 watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 9
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 6,272member
    jony0 said:
    JP234 said:
    JP234 said:
    Apple is doomed. China is not our friend.  :s 
    So sayeth the prophet. Predicting the demise of Apple has cost a lot of investors and traders billions. Chinese consumers understand Apple's commitment to guarding their data and their privacy, and know full well that any Chinese-made smartphone is designed to spy on and track them. That's the reason Apple is gaining traction in the Chinese market. Huawei has already been caught implanting government tracking chips in their phones, for both foreign and domestic use.

    There is also the undeniable superiority of iOS over Android.
    This is precious. Do you have links to this story? 
    Sure!
    I don't see the link mentioned implementing tracking chips in the phones. I was scammed by you.
    FTA : "U.S. officials revealed some of what they knew about Huawei, in particular its reputation for being an extension of Beijing's spying apparatus. U.S. officials disclosed findings that Huawei had used backdoors in networking equipment it manufactured"

    Granted, they're neither tracking chips nor are they in the phones. However software based backdoors can be easier to implement and ported to other equipment like phones and can be harder to discover. They're also only some of the findings that were revealed. So the original claim is definitely a technical stretch but the spying narrative is by no means a scam (as per the link).
    The link does not actually provide evidence of that. It rehashes allegations made by others. 


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