According to an analyst from Cantor Fitzgerald, the demand for the iPhone 5s in China is not that high at the moment. While the reasons for this are not known at this point, it is suggested that people would be more receptive to an iPhone packing a bigger screen. This could mean good news for Apple considering that it’s rumored to make the shift to a larger 4.7 or 5.5 inch display for the next iPhone.
The Chinese market is fiercely competitive with the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei, Meizu, Oppo and others vying for the top spot. So it’s hard for Apple to make a significant impact in the region with its premium offering. The company’s deal with China Mobile, which is also the country’s largest carrier, has reportedly accelerated sales of the smartphone to a great extent. So it will be interesting to see how the market responds when a larger iPhone model hits the markets in Fall this year.
Here’s what the report said –
“In the near term, we sensed disappointment around demand for the iPhone 5S. That said, we heard great enthusiasm around the potential for Apple to introduce a larger iPhone form factor in China this year with the iPhone 6. In our view, the iPhone 6 with a larger screen (e.g., 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch) has the potential to meaningfully accelerate Apple’s growth trajectory in China during 2H:14. We have not heard this type of excitement in China around the iPhone in at least two years and thus we believe this could be a very special iPhone launch for Apple.”
I am excited about the possibilities of a larger iPhone 6 as well. What about you?