What you need to know
- Internation smartphone shipments in China dropped by 66% in February.
- Demand for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro remains strong, however.
The Chinese smartphone market is experiencing a sharp decline after initially starting off 2021 strong.
According to an investor's note from JP Morgan that has been obtained by AppleInsider, lead analyst Samik Chatterjee points to results from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) for the month of February.
According to the report, the average drop for international shipments in February is around 40%, but this year the country experienced a 66% decline. Smartphone shipments by international companies only reached 2.2 million units in the month, a sharp decline from the 6 million units shipped in both December and January.
Chatterjee said that the decline may indicate a less-than-expected desire for 5G upgrades.
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Despite the lackluster situation in China, Apple is expected to ship as many as 60 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2021.
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