By: Esme Jiang and Frances Huang
Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) Cell phone shipments in Taiwan fell about 17 percent sequentially in the third quarter of the year, as sales of several major brands dropped, according to market information advisory firm International Data Corp. (IDC).
The decline in shipments was due in part to Taiwanese consumers waiting for the release of Apple Inc.’s latest smartphone models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which were not launched in Taiwan until September, IDC said.
Shipments of Apple phones decreased in the third quarter by about 300,000 units from the second quarter, while other brands, including Taiwan-based HTC Corp. (宏達電) and Asustek Computer Inc. (華碩), also saw lower smartphone shipments in the third quarter, IDC said. [FULL STORY]