Apple's Problems Are Far From Over in This Booming Smartphone Market

By failing to hit a truly low pricing point with the iPhone 5C, tech giant Apple  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) hasn't done as much to fix its emerging market problems as many investors had hoped. 

Although it matters, this isn't a significant problem in places like China, where Apple has seen some recent wins. However, the full consequences of Apple missing lower pricing points will come home to roost as Apple misses out on other booming smartphone markets like India. Investors should play attention.

The smartphone market in India is one of the fastest-growing major markets in the world; in Q2 '13 alone, Indian smartphone sales nearly tripled year over year. It's this kind of heady growth that will drive India to become the world's second-largest smartphone market by 2017, according to the IDC. And as Apple's size makes incremental growth harder to find, missed opportunities in growth stories like India will become increasingly harmful to the iPhone maker.

In this video, Fool contributor Andrew Tonner looks at some of the issues that are likely to confront Apple as it strives to become a dominant player in the Indian smartphone space in the coming years.

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  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2013, at 6:31 PM, thethreestooges wrote:

    APPLE is missing out on China, India, Africa, Bangladesh, and all the poorest countries on earth with their expansive phones. They need to lower their price to compete with the local Chinese and Indians cheap phones manufacturers to capture the market share.

    Andrew, you are sooo smart, you should call Mr. Cooks and give him advice how to make APPLE the most valuable brand and company on earth.

  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2013, at 6:38 PM, emilevid wrote:

    You are probably the most annoying self-serving nitwits on the financial internet. There was a time you MFs offered valuable insight but this rarely happens. You put out a stream of nonsensical half-a$$ analysis in order to push some new company scheme at MF.

  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2013, at 7:19 PM, ww1251 wrote:

    why is ever article this douche writes about Apple negative?? he must be trying to drive down the stock or something. he's a moron. if their phone was cheaper, he'd be the first one bitching their margins would deteriorate!

  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2013, at 7:32 PM, FrederickBoyle wrote:

    I must agree with the above comments. The typos and flip flop articles just to create content is terrible.

    Not to mention that most of these people have awful video presence. Their constant hand gestures illustrate a lack of conviction and understanding of the subject matter they present.

    My premium memberships are up for renewL soon and will be discontiued

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