On social media after the quarterly results announcement, Chinese were openly wondering if Apple had lost its technology mojo and "engineering heart." Sales of the Apple iPhone SE have not yet impressed with adoption of the smaller cellphone in China at 0.2 percent, according to mobile engagement platform Localytics.
One vendor in the Chinese city of Luoyang told CNBC that one month into the iPhone SE launch, he has only sold about 100 handsets. He said iPhone 6s had sold five times as fast at the same point after that phone hit the market.
On social media, customers have been voicing their concerns about Apple's apparent lack of technological innovation, saying without it, the company could "end up like Nokia or Motorola."