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But some netizens think the lower price still isn’t enough to get them to buy.
But a JD.com customer service representative offered another reason, telling local media
that it has to do with Apple’s legal fight over software patents with Qualcomm. Last month, the chip maker said it won a Chinese court order
to block Apple from selling recent iPhone models like iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X. Qualcomm later complained that Apple is still selling those models, violating the order.
We’ve reached out to JD.com and will update if we hear back.
Regardless of the reason, the unusually steep discounts didn’t go unnoticed.
In Friday afternoon, the keyword “1,000 yuan iPhone price cut” was the top trend on Weibo’s hot search.
But many people said they aren’t convinced that this is the time to get a new iPhone.
“So you think the 1,000 yuan price cut means I can afford it now?” said another user
Chinese consumers have been complaining about the ever-escalating prices of iPhones
ever since Apple introduced its latest models four months ago. But despite the slowing demand, Apple still expects to announce a whopping US$84 billion in global revenue in the previous quarter.
In China, Apple remains the top foreign smartphone brand in the third quarter of 2018, according to research firm IDC
-- beating rivals like Samsung and Nokia, despite offering a limited range of models each year.