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The cheapest iPhone 6S model is priced at 5,288 yuan in China.
Huawei, a Chinese brand which launched a flagship model with an above-4,000 yuan price tag two months ago, is quietly reducing the pricing back to the 3,000-4,000 yuan range.
Because of the temporarily withdrawal of Huawei, Peng said Apple will maintain its edge in the high-end market in the forthcoming quarters until new challengers emerge.
Apple also experienced a slump in iPad sales in the fourth quarter.
It sold less than 10 million units of the tablets in the last quarter, down 20 percent year-on-year. Apple plans to sell the iPad Pro, a larger screen next-generation tablet, by next month.
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