R9: Apple Loses The Number One Spot In China

R9 Comes Out Nowhere And Smashes iPhone’s Top Spot

R9 pushes iPhone out of number one spot. Apple’s iPhone has been the number one smartphone around the world for much of the last 10 years. Even in China, which the Cupertino, CA company had a slow and tough start but managed to clinch the number one spot in 2012.

After 2012 the ride hasn’t been exactly smooth either, but the spot has been captured every year by Apple – until now. A new smartphone model has overtaken Apple’s iPhone as the most popular smartphone in China, CNBC reports.

Last year Apple’s most popular iPhone model was the iPhone 6s released in fall 2015 and it managed to move approximately 12 million units in 2016. Even though China’s smartphone sales is far from the huge growth couple years back, Apple’s 21 percent decline in sales is unnerving for the giant.

The new king of smartphones in China comes from the multitude of manufacturers their homeland produces. Although selling a whopping nearly 17 million R9 (pictured: R9 Plus) units you might have not even heard of the brand, unless regularly watching America’s Next Top Model which, as you might have guessed, has been sponsored by the company.

Additional Info:

iPhone (/ˈfn/ EYE-fohn) is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. They run Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. The first generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007; the most recent iPhone model is the iPhone 7, which was unveiled at a special event on September 7, 2016.

The user interface is built around the device’s multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard. The iPhone has Wi-Fi and can connect to cellular networks. An iPhone can shoot video (though this was not a standard feature until the iPhone 3GS), take photos, play music, send and receive email, browse the web, send and receive text messages, follow GPS navigation, record notes, perform mathematical calculations, and receive visual voicemail. Other functions (video games, reference works, social networking, etc.) can be enabled by downloading mobile apps. As of June 2016, Apple’s App Store contained more than 2 million applications available for the iPhone.

Apple has released ten generations of iPhone models, each accompanied by one of the ten major releases of the iOS operating system. The original 1st-generation iPhone was a GSM phone and established design precedents, such as a button placement that has persisted throughout all releases and a screen size maintained for the next four iterations. The iPhone 3G added 3G network support, and was followed by the 3GS with improved hardware, the 4 with a metal chassis, higher display resolution and front-facing camera, and the 4S with improved hardware and the voice assistant Siri. The iPhone 5 featured a taller, 4-inch display and Apple’s newly introduced Lightning connector. In 2013, Apple released the 5S with improved hardware and a fingerprint reader, and the lower-cost 5C, a version of the 5 with colored plastic casings instead of metal. They were followed by the larger iPhone 6, with models featuring 4.7 and 5.5-inch displays. The iPhone 6S was introduced the following year, which featured hardware upgrades and support for pressure-sensitive touch inputs, as well as the SE—which featured hardware from the 6S but the smaller form factor of the 5S. In 2016, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which add water resistance, improved system and graphics performance, a new rear dual-camera setup on the Plus model, and new color options, while removing the 3.5 mm headphone jack found on previous phones.

(Information from Wikipedia Public Domain)

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