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Apple could double down on China market, Wedbush says, as iPhone sales plunge

SHANGHAI, CHINA – MARCH 21: Tim Put together dinner, chief govt officer of Apple Inc., arrives for opening ceremony of the fresh Apple Jing’an retailer on March 21, 2024 in Shanghai, China. The fresh Apple retailer opens on March 21 in Shanghai’s Jing’an district. (Portray by VCG/VCG by Getty Images)

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Apple could double down on the China smartphone market amid declining iPhone sales and stiff competitors in the country, Wedbush Securities said on Monday.

Apple wants to beat its China challenges including a tough macro ambiance and competitors from Huawei earlier than the iPhone 16 open and “it all starts with reaffirming Apple’s presence in China,” Wedbush said.

China’s Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao met Apple CEO Tim Put together dinner on Friday and said his country holds alternatives for Apple as effectively as totally different corporations, and requested the iPhone maker to retain building its alternate in China for “shared pattern,” in step with a press assertion.

Put together dinner said China changed into once a valuable provide chain accomplice for Apple and the corporate plans to elongate funding in the country in the long length of time, the assertion said.

Final week, Put together dinner opened Apple’s latest flagship retailer in Shanghai on Thursday and met with key suppliers in China, in step with media reviews. He also attended the China Vogue Discussion board in Beijing, as China seeks to woo international merchants amid regulatory and world uncertainties.

Put together dinner’s latest shuttle to China, which Wedbush said is “a signal Apple could double down” on China, comes amid reviews of iPhone sales in China plunging 24% in the main six weeks of 2024.

Apple is working in a sharp ambiance in its splendid in a international country market, China, because it faces stiff competitors from native Chinese smartphone makers, particularly Huawei, whose particular person alternate is experiencing a resurgence in the country after the open of its Mate 60 smartphone.

“The timing of this shuttle changed into once valuable as in essence Apple wants China and China wants Apple no topic the total noise,” Wedbush said.

Covid-19 lockdowns in China in slack 2022 majorly disrupted Apple’s provide chain, which brought on the tech firm to diversify some of its manufacturing to countries similar to India and Vietnam.

“On the other hand, the overwhelming majority of its iPhone manufacturing and suppliers will remain in China,” Wedbush said while placing ahead its “outperform” score and a $250 price aim on Apple.

Apple is for the time being facing regulatory challenges in the U.S. and EU and while its sales procure dropped in China this year, the corporate closing year emerged as the country’s biggest smartphone provider.

The U.S. Department of Justice sued Apple on Thursday, alleging the tech firm illegally maintains a monopoly over smartphones. The EU on Monday opened an investigation into Apple relating to the so-known as anti-steering options.

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