The models for the latest Apple phone, iPhone 11, went on sale in China on Friday and were received in physical stores by some unconditional, in contrast to the almost 500% increase in internet purchases.
The market is awaiting sales results for the new line of the US tech giant in the largest global market for smartphones. In recent years, Apple has lost ground to competitors offering cheaper and more functional devices.
The rows in the Beijing and Shanghai stores, which combined a few dozen customers, were a contrast to the Earlier this year, when hundreds of believers waited for hours outside Apple's premises to be the first to receive the phones.
Much of the sales were moved to the Internet, where reservations began last week, with an increase of 480% compared to comparable figures for the iPhone XR the year before, according to the Chinese e-commerce website JD.com. The iPhone 1
Among customers who went to a store in Beijing on Friday to buy in person was a programmer who simply identified himself as "Liu" -su last name, "and said he had a model of all variants of the iPhone from 3G lines.
He said he was particularly interested in the iPhone 11 Pro, more expensive but with three cameras in the back. " photographs, it's better for night shots and the picture is clearer, "he said.
However, other customers said they were worried that the device was not enabled for fifth-generation networks and left them on models. 5G already offered by the Chinese Huawei Technologies and smaller rivals like Vivo.