Given that most Chinese manufacturers are focussed only on ripping off and stealing western Designs;I am sure this will have a dramatic impact on these products in China.
Their market will be destroyed big-time.
After all,the biggest problem which these countries(like China) face is that it is very-very difficult to tell the difference between a Fake and an original piece of Hardware.
If Apple will launch first(or a simultaneous Global launch would work too) in China;then Chinese consumers would be able to tell the Original from the fakes much easier and would undoubtedly reject them because of their inferior quality.
Will the Chinese Govt permit this destruction?I am not so sure.But no harm in trying!!!
I was reading your blog and this statement made me wonder;why is this even important???
"On a practical level, why should Apple introduce its next iOS device in the United States, rather than in China? There is the possibility that such a move could antagonize Western consumers, but Apple will take the inevitable step in the near future of launching an iPhone or iPad in China."
Does it matter to most consumers of electronic products if they get it only after the Chinese or some other country gets it ?
This is a good move,if it does happen.I want to see China grow and become a much-much bigger consumer market than it is today.
This is the No.1 thing which will help re-balance the Global Economy and ensure excesses of the past are not repeated.
In particular,I find it really amazing that hardly anybody in the West pays for their electronic products in cash-They buy it on Credit and they just keep paying the installments forever and forever.
I was reading some interesting economic data which said that the Average American today has Median Savings of just USD 6000!!! [Assets-Debt]
When you look at how little that amount is ,you wonder how they keep purchasing Newer and Newer electronic Gadgets Year on Year every year.
This behavior has to change.
Also,The Chinese workers are starting to demand higher salaries which means they can better afford all those products which they themselves manufacture.So this will most definitely help develop a bigger and more robust market for these products in the long-run[The Chinese tend to buy these products from their Savings unlike in America where everything gets purchased on Debt].
And, by the way, Samsung introduces its phones first mainly in the United States or anywhere it believes the product would sell fastest. I don't believe anyone in Korea minds where Samsung first launches a product. Why is that all right for Samsung but not for Apple?
_hm, Yes, it's probably a not so straightforward argument at this point but follow the future and see what happens. The "home" advantage can only take a company like Apple so far. The reality of today's world is that a company like Apple is more a global enterprise than a national or regional player. If the economics make sense, I believe Apple will eventually do this and what we are seeing in the company's sales points towards that direction.
@_hm, tell me what will stop Apple launching its next product in China? Tim cooks, said "Consumer response to our products in China has been off the charts" So If Apple decides to launch its next iPhone or whatever in China, it will not raise a stare. Apple seem to have an edge over its competitors.
Apple has some life in it yet when it comes to negotiating favorable treatment from the Chinese. I think the prestige of an Apple product launch supported by remunerative bureaucratic relations will win China over to the idea of being home to a preferred Apple market.
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