Apple is finally back to growth in China.
Smartphone sales in China may be down 5% year-on-year, but four of the five top-selling brands saw growth in Q3, reports Canalys.
The tech world is eagerly waiting for the iPhone X launch on November 3 - and that outsized focus has seemingly turned Apple's other fall 2017 release, the iPhone 8, into the ugly little sibling in the smartphone ecosystem. In the United States, however, the iPhone 7 is still popular. The hike in September iPhone shipments in China ended a six quarter downtrend for the handset in the market.
"Apple is unlikely to sustain this growth in Q4", Canalys' Mo Jia said in a statement. "While the iPhone X launches this week, its pricing structure and supply are inhibiting". As of late pre-orders for iPhone X began and finished expediently, which could be a awful sign as it is exceptionally surprising for an organization to leave stock in such way.
As Apple has at long last begun shipping its most recent lead gadget iPhone X, which will cost you around $1000 and it is the most costly cell phone by Apple as of recently, we can obviously witness designs of Apple to end up noticeably a $1 trillion organization. "The iPhone X will enjoy a healthy grey market status, but its popularity is unlikely to help Apple in the short term." added Jia.
Compared to Q3 2016, Huawei grew shipments by 23% to to ship 22 million units. According to the analyst firm, Xiaomi is close to making its way into the top three as it is expected to perform well during China's major online shopping day - 11/11 - and offline retail. The number looks grim compared to the 43%, who bought the iPhone 7 in the same period past year. UBS analysts believe that the soft iPhone 8 sales are more due to the strong demand for the iPhone X rather than a disappointing demand cycle.