There has been a mixed response from the Chinese media over the influx of Apple’s iPhone models in the Sino-market of electronic goods. While the flashy devices are attracting the youth, there are concerns among the elderly over the erosion of traditional values such as the national language of the Chinese people.
Apple launched its novel iPhones in Beijing. However, the new iPhone China launch event is a disappointment as the event didn’t have much pomp and show to it. Just a video of Apple's US event was shown to Chinese media. In fact, the target audience was somewhat annoyed at the sky high prices and poor ceremony arrangements.
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iPhone 5S lowest model of 16GB has a price tag of 5,288 yuan or $864 or £546. Meanwhile, iPhone 5C sells for 4,488 yuan or $573 or £463. The cost prices are much higher than the rates in the United States. BBC reports according to Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, "Apple's first launch in China for its iPhones went down badly with mainland media and consumers, who were disappointed at the steep price tag and poor arrangements for the event."
The fact of the matter is that big screen mobile phones and cheap versions of the real stuff sell like hotcakes off the Chinese shelves. There are voices of dissent though. They like the phones. Despite the complaints on the forums on the Internet, some say these are the best products China will ever get from the West.
Aside from the colorful iPhones which have attracted the young, bold and beautiful among the Chinese, there are concerns over the language issue in Mainland China. English courses and cramming classes have to go, some say. But the head of Language and Culture Press, Mr. Wang Xuning, who is also a former Education Ministry spokesman, said, "Abolish primary school English classes. Increase national studies education. Ban children's English crammer schools in society. Liberate children. Save the Chinese language!"
The treasure-house of culture that is the Chinese language is the heritage of the nation and ought to be taught to children. They will acquire a taste for their own country instead of all things Western and foreign. The ban to be imposed on the teaching of English is seriously being considered in a bid to preserve local customs and a historical sense of Chinese civilization.