Apple's new iPhone 5C. EFE
Beijing, Sep 11 (EFE).- Apple's latest versions of the iPhone, the 5S and the "cheaper" 5C, are generating little enthusiasm in China, to judge by comments in social media and the reactions of people who attended the roll-out event at a hotel in Beijing's financial district.
For the first time, the California-based tech giant released the newest iPhones simultaneously in China and the United States.
But the Beijing media event consisted mainly of a video of the big show at Apple headquarters in Cupertino and offered no additional announcements tailored to China, where the company is losing market share.
Though presented as a low-cost alternative, the iPhone 5C will sell in China for 4,488 yuan ($733) without a contract, compared with a U.S. price of $399 for the highest-capacity 5S with a contract.
The 5C uses less-expensive materials.
"They say it is the 'low cost' version, but for whom? It's just as expensive, but with very low features," one tech consumer said Wednesday on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter. "Does Apple think the Chinese are foolish and wealthy."
More than 88 percent who responded to a poll on the popular internet news site Sina said that iPhone 5C is too expensive.
Even the deluxe 5S failed to win over some in China.
"There is almost nothing new. They changed the clothes," someone called Dang Shilu said on Weibo.