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Apple loses more ground in smartphone market

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The reason is that Apple is pricing themselves out of the market.

Their phones are too expensive. While Samsung, Google, and Sony phones top out at around $1,200, an iPhone topped out at around $1,600 for the same or similar specs. Huawei phones top out at around $800.

iPhone prices increase dramatically without justifying the cost increase between models. It’s as if they keep saying it’s more expensive because it’s “Apple.”

When it comes to wearables and wireless earphones, they do well in that department. They also keep their prices low. Also, most competitors are newcomers to the market.

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iPhones: pricing themselves out of the market.

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No surprise: you need a loan to buy an iPhone nowadays. And not only iPhones. Why want a computer with a smaller HD of what you have been using over the previous 20 years, just to feed Apple Cloud service... I stopped doing also the backup of my iPad. I think the mobile phone market has gone out of reality... is there really people spending 1200 for a phone...? I got a used Huawei for 120$ that does virtually everything an iPhone can do (except linking to my Mac, of course).

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I just preordered my 512GB note 10+ and it’s still $400 cheaper than the iPhone XS Max 512 GB. Apple is too expensive for no reason

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Never mind: Apple can hike the price of their "services" to those who already bought an iPhone. That should work for a couple of years. I don't know how they will get around Trump's tariffs though: higher prices or lower profits, that's what you get for putting all your production in China.

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Some of the low-end Androids, around $300-$400, are extremely capable right now. Differences with the top-end models are subtle. There is less and less reason to get an iphone. (I never found a reason.)

Meanwhile, Apple has abandoned many of its Mac users with the doomed "trash can" model, its limited but really, really pricey successor, and taking forever to bring its stale macbook line up to speed.

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Apple made Linux somewhat interesting, but found it themselves to be rather less money making so are ditching it.

The future in Tech is with distributed services .... Apple is trying to catch up, and has potentially the money to do so... though how so, go Open Source or Proprietary ?

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Not all the Mobile users can afford for iPhone, but OPPO, Hua Wei and Chinese smartphone are affordable price and everybody can afford to buy one. Also, Samsung smartphone line-up is including cheap and affordable smartphone for third world country but Apple has non.

If Apple want to be No,1 smartphone seller and then reduce the price that everybody can afford to buy one.

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My iPhone 10 XR 128MB costs me ¥4,500/month from au.

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People realised that they don't need a phone that's more powerful that their laptop. They need it to take pictures and video and text. That's it. Mid-range phones can do that and a whole lot more and the market is absolutely flooded with them, there's too much choice.

Saying 'such-and-such company dominates the smart phone market' doesn't mean much when the largest player only has 23%. It's more like the market is flooded and there's nowhere to go but sideways or down.

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My iPhone 10 XR 128MB costs me ¥4,500/month from au.

Sounds like a specious way to pretend that it doesn't have a final price.

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wipeout

Sounds like a specious way to pretend that it doesn't have a final price.

No not really. i'm happy to pay ¥4500/month for an iPhone XR plus calls plus data. I'm also happy it includes Applecare and theft insurance. After two years I can update to another model.

The final price of the iPhone XR is high.

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I was going to replace my 7 year old iPad 3 but instead decide to buy the iPhone XR instead. My first phone in more than 10 years because I changed to a more countryside location and decided I needed a phone. I don't regret my decision although I might also buy an iPad mini when they become available in the refurbished dept.

I use the Facetime to my relatives in Europe/America. Could use Skype but we prefer Facetime. All but one of my computers are macs so the iPad and iPhone works very well with them.

I do know some mac people who prefer a Samsung phone.

At $1,599, the most expensive model of the Samsung Galaxy S10 costs $150 more than the best iPhone. Samsung's upcoming foldable phone will retail for $1,980, making it one of the most expensive devices on the market.

Most of what I buy is from the refurbished which saves money.

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Next month we will upgrade the wife's iPhone Plus for an iPhone XR. We will get a good trade in price of about ¥35,000 off the model price of about ¥75,000.

Unlimited calls/I GB DATA/Applecare/Update program/

Our combined monthly bill will actually decrease by about ¥3,000/month or ¥36,000/year.

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No not really. i'm happy to pay ¥4500/month for an iPhone XR plus calls plus data. I'm also happy it includes Applecare and theft insurance. After two years I can update to another model.

Cagey. Somewhere in there is the price of the phone. What the customer pays for the device. It's not a present.

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0 Apple gadget in my life, keep my wallet healthy!

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