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Apple's iPhone sales rise after four quarter of decline

Apple's iPhone sales have grown after four quarters of decline.

According to a new report by Gartner, the handset has grown 7.8% in the final quarter of 2019, thanks to "price reductions".

Gartner's research vice president Annette Zimmermann said: "A slight lowering of the prices of the iPhone 11 series, compared with the iPhone XR, and other price reductions for previous-generation iPhone models, increased demand."

The report adds that iPhone sales were strong in China, while areas such as France, Germany, the UK, Brazil and India also saw a boost.

It's expected that Apple could launch its first 5G phone in the third quarter of 2020.

Overall, global smartphone sales dropped 0.4% year over year in the final quarter of 2019, while sales as a whole declined by 1% over the entire year.

Anshul Gupta - senior research analyst at Gartner - added: "2019 ended a little better than expected, due to slightly improved performances from North America and emerging Asia/Pacific. "However, India, which sold 151.9 million units, overtook the US to become the No. 2 country for smartphone sales in 2019.

"China maintained the lead, with sales of 390.8 million smartphones over the full year."

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