Apple, the trillion dollars technological wonder is slowly, but gradually losing the game.
Apple, whose founder was Steve Jobs, and which unleashed a never-seen-before revolution in the technological market, is getting lethargic, and it means serious trouble.
No, this ain’t any hypothesis created from thin air, but based on solid data, and sharp opinions from the who-is-who of the business world.
Here are 5 symptoms, which tells us that Apple is losing the game:
5G In 2020?
Apple has finally given a hint, that they will launch their 5G enabled handsets in 2020, which is more than year from now on. It seems that they will use Intel’s 8161 5G chipsets, to provide 5G capability to their handsets.
This should be a major concern for Apple shareholders, and well-wishers, because by the time iPhones have 5G, almost half of Android users will already be having 5G in their phones.
Xiaomi has already launched World’s 1st 5G ready handset: Mi Mix 3.
OnePlus, the company which has beaten Apple in India, will launch their 5G enabled model OnePlus 7 in February. Huawei will launch their own 5G processor: Kirin 980 which will support their future handsets with 5G in 2019.
Samsung, Nokia, LG too are already ready with their own 5G powered handsets for 2019.
If Apple is a year behind 5G capability, then it means that they will be very late. The game is slipping away from their hand.
Apple’s Dismal Performance in India
Last year, 120 million+ smartphones were shipped in India, and this year, 20-25% growth is expected. More than 350 million Indians will have a smartphone by 2022.
But sadly, Apple won’t be part of this growth story.
This year, Apple managed to sell only 2 million units in India, which is 1 million less than what they sold in 2017. In the last 4 years, 2018 has been the worst for Apple in India, and their CEO Tim Cook has admitted this fact.
At the same time, brands like Oppo, Xiaomi, Vivo have reported their highest ever sales in India.
If Apple is failing terribly in world’s fastest growing smartphone market then it clearly proves that they are way behind the race.
Production Lines Are Being Cancelled
For the first time in 5 years, Apple has asked their vendors to cancel more production of their newest model.
As per news coming in, Apple has asked Foxconn and Pegatron to halt production of iPhone XR, even as the Christmas and New Year season is coming along.
This shows that even Apple is sure that sales of their newest model won’t pick up, and this means that not everything is fine with Apple sales.
Apple Is Hiding Their Sales Data
Amidst slow sales, and weak performance in the emerging market, Apple has decided to hide their sales data. Another first for the trillion dollar company..
Although Apple is confident of generating close to $90 billion revenues by the time the peak holiday season ends, the decision to hide their iPhone sales data has shocked tech analysts.
The day this was announced, Apple’s shares plunged by 7%.
Why is Apple hiding their sales data? Are they really losing the game now?
Elon Musk Is Not Impressed With Apple Anymore
Ok, this one is plain opinion, and not a hardcore data per se. But still, when it comes to Elon Musk, then everything should be taken seriously.
He admitted that he used iPhones, and Apple used to ‘blow people’s mind’. But not anymore.
In an interview, he said, “I still use an iPhone and everything. But Apple used to really bring out products that would blow people’s minds, you know? And still make great products, but there’s less of that.”
This statement coming from an entrepreneur and visionary, who can tap the pulse to sense what is coming in the future; means a lot. Atleast to Apple and their shareholders.
Although no reaction has come in from Apple regarding this claim, but it proves that not everything is going great at Apple.
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