Netizens say Apple’s China woes are because iPhones are too expensive
Apple admits weak sales in China and revises revenue forecast for the first time
Chinese netizens know exactly what to blame: The ever-increasing price of iPhones.
Netizens were far more blunt.
The price of iPhones has gone up tremendously over the years. While the price of an iPhone 5 began at US$650 in 2012, an iPhone XS Max now costs US$1099 -- at a minimum.
Besides the unfavorable economic environment, Apple also attributed the weaker-than-expected iPhone demand to the fact that more people are replacing their batteries instead of buying new ones. Last year, Apple reduced its $79 battery replacement fee to $29 after the company was criticised for slowing down old iPhones with dying batteries.
“I used my iPhone 4S for three years, then iPhone 6 for three years and now iPhone X for a year,” she said, “And here’s the shocker, I am actually still using all three of them as we speak.”