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Chinese university students demand 3-piece Apple gadgets; iPhone, Ipad and Mac from their parents as a MUST-have gift, otherwise they are losing face to their peers in university.

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IDC: Apple’s China iPhone almost halves in Q2

Summary: Apple’s mobile market share in China has dropped by almost half, while Lenovo saw its share rocket. Is China still a tough cookie for Apple to crack?

By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines | August 24, 2012 — 07:52 GMT (15:52 SGT)

Apple’s mobile market share in China has almost halved to 10 percent in the second-quarter, according to figures released by research firm IDC today.

The numbers suggest that soon-to-be and existing Apple customers are waiting for the next iPhone, expected in September, or jumped ship entirely in favor of rival smartphones.

Enter Lenovo, which managed to knock Apple off its second place perch to fourth place in the world’s largest market, despite smartphones overtaking feature phones for the first time during the April–June period.