Apple cuts iPhone 8 and XR prices in China by 20 percent
The Chinese market is a rather tough nut to crack for Apple, especially when it comes to its high-end handsets. A few days ago, Japanese website Nikkei revealed the production volume for the January - March quarter is expected to be about 10 percent lower than previously scheduled, mainly die to low sales in key markets — mainly in China.
In an unprecedented but not unexpected move, Apple has decided to try boosting iPhone sales in China by authorizing noticeable mid-cycle price drops. On China's second-largest online sales platform, namely JD.com, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are 22 percent and 22 percent cheaper on Apple China's official website. Thanks to these price drops, JD.com customers can acquire the iPhone 8 for CN¥3,999 (~US$592) and CN¥4,799 (roughly US$710).
Suning.com, another big Chinese online retailer, is offering the iPhone XR 128 GB model for CN¥5,799 (~US$860), which is no less than CN¥1,200 less than the official price of CN¥6,999. Although this is not a 20 percent price cut, 17 percent off on an iPhone that was released less than 6 months ago is definitely a good deal. Suning.com customers can also trade in their iPhone 7 Plus for an iPhone XR and pay a difference of CN¥3,500.
This year will probably be a challenging one for the entire industry, but it would not be surprising to see Apple bouncing back in 2020. Until then, the mobile market will be populated with a few foldable handsets, the first 5G smartphones, and more.
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