Sales of Apple iPhones Decline in Almost Every Nation

Sales of iPhones have fallen in almost every market across the globe

Based on Apple’s most recent data, sales of iPhones have decreased in nearly every market worldwide.

The tech behemoth reported that, with the exception of Europe, demand for its smartphones fell by more than 10% globally in the first three months of this year.

According to Apple, the company’s total revenues fell by 4% to $90.8 billion (£72.5 billion), marking the largest dip in over a year.

However, the outcomes were better than anticipated, and Apple’s stock increased during New York after-hours trade.

The company said that supply problems caused by the Covid virus, which resulted in abnormally high sales during the same period last year, were the cause of the misleading data.

In addition to mentioning impending product launches and investments in artificial intelligence (AI), it promised that revenues would resume growing in the coming months.

Sales of the iPhone fell by 8% in the crucial greater China region. Noting that iPhone sales were actually up in “mainland” China, Mr. Cook made an effort to reassure investors about the status of the firm in the second-largest economy in the world.

“I maintain a great view of China in the long term,” he stated.

Local competitors like Huawei have increased their level of competition in that market.

Companies like Huawei, according to Gil Luria, senior software analyst at DA Davidson, are successful in China because “it is the homegrown brand”.

He said on the BBC’s Today programme, “But in terms of features, functionality, and prestige, iPhone still has an advantage over any other handset.”

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“So any time consumers get the choice and have the resources they’re going to buy an iPhone – that’s not any different in China.”

The company’s struggles, which have resulted in a run of declining revenues for five of the previous six quarters, set it apart from the larger market.

According to research firm Canalys, smartphone shipments increased 10% globally in the first three months of the year, breaking through a protracted period of low demand.

According to Mr. Luria, since the launch of the iPhone 12 about four years ago, “when Apple introduced 5G connectivity which compelled a lot of consumers to upgrade the phone,” there have been no “significant improvements to the handset” for the company.

“Now, they’re hoping to finally drive a big iPhone upgrade cycle by introducing enough new AI features into the iPhone 16, which will come out later this year,” he continued.

Regarding its app store fees, Apple is also engaged in legal disputes with US and European regulators.

Apple receives large payments from Google for making its search engine the default one on its internet browser, Safari, but now the lucrative payments are in jeopardy due to a separate anti-monopoly action filed in the US against the search giant.

These payments totaled almost $20 billion in 2022, according to court documents, and they contributed to an increase in Apple’s revenues.

The pre-tax earnings for the three months remained unchanged at $28 billion, and the corporation declared that it will repurchase $110 billion of its shares.

Apple sales were predicted to increase in the “low single digits” in the three months leading up to June, according to Finance Chief Luca Maestri.

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He went on to say that the corporation anticipated double-digit growth in its services division and gave more forecast than it usually does.

Considering the future, According to CFRA Research senior equities analyst Angelo Zino, “China is holding up better than expected and there are a host of upcoming events/catalysts on the horizon that could improve investor sentiment.”

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