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Foxconn reportedly ships 1.4 million units of Apple iPhone 5S to China Mobile – is it too late?

News   •   Jan 15, 2014 17:54 GMT

A report is saying that Foxconn (company that assembles the iPhone and iPad) has shipped 1.4 million units of the Apple iPhone 5S to China Mobile. China Mobile (the biggest carrier in China and the world) will be launching the handset to its customers. However, this may be too late as the iPhone is no longer that popular compared to the past years.

Wall Street Journal reports, “Apple's major iPhone assembler Foxconn has shipped about 1.4 million iPhone 5Ss to China Mobile last week, according to a person familiar with the matter, ahead of the mobile giant’s launch this Friday.

“While the initial shipment volume doesn’t represent the total sales at China Mobile for January, the figure helps to gauge early demand for iPhones from China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier by subscribers with more than 760 million customers.  China Mobile began taking preorders for iPhones since Dec. 25.”

The business news site’s source said, “Shipping one million or more iPhones to a single carrier per month is substantial. But we have limited visibility beyond this month as Apple hasn’t informed Foxconn of the volume for the next shipment to China Mobile.”

However, this may be too late as iPhones are no longer as popular compared to in the past. Gartner analyst Sandy Shen said, “We have seen fading enthusiasm for iPhones compared with the past few years as we have more choices in China now. There has been no dramatic change to the iPhone and consumers want a larger screen size.”

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