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With slump in iPhone sales, are we post Peak Smartphone?


The fact that even Apple’s iPhone juggernaut is suffering cements a larger trend for all major smartphone makers. — AP

The fact that even Apple’s iPhone juggernaut is suffering cements a larger trend for all major smartphone makers. — AP

NEW YORK: Behind Apple’s disconcerting news of weak iPhone sales lies a more sobering truth: The tech industry has hit Peak Smartphone, a tipping point when everyone who can afford one already owns one and no breakthroughs are compelling them to upgrade as frequently as they once did.

Some manufacturers have boosted prices to keep up profit. But Apple’s shortfall highlights the limits of that strategy. The company said demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last quarter of 2018 will fall well below projections, a decrease traced mainly to China.

   

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