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iPhone Sales Fall, Ending Apple's Record Growth

How long have you had your Apple iPhone or computer? If you (1)________________ that product in the last two or three years, you may be part of the reason for Apple’s (2)______________________.
Apple is the world’s (3)_________________________. Its yearly growth trend started in the early 2000s, with exciting new computers and a (4)____________________ known as the iPod.
The company (5)_________________________, with the introduction of the iPhone smartphone. Then, it introduced the iPad tablet.
Sales of Apple products grew every year for 51 (6)_____________________. That all changed on Tuesday, when the company reported (7)____________________. Sales for the first quarter of 2016 dropped 13 percent.
Sales dropped to $50.6 billion from $58 billion during the same quarter in 2015.
The news caused Apple’s stock to drop, too. The company’s (8)____________________ by about 8 percent in after-hours trading.
Slow growth in China
Some experts say (9)_______________________ Chinese economy may be to blame for Apple’s weaker sales. The company’s report shows sales were down in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong by a combined 26 percent. In the past, Apple was able to depend on (10)___________________________ in those markets.
Apple’s Chief Executive, Tim Cook, says the smartphone market is not growing because of the (11)____________________ in some countries.
But other experts say Apple is (12)______________________ producing exciting products. People who bought new Apple laptops or smartphones in the last two or three years (13)_____________________ they need to buy the latest products.
Rob Pegoraro is a technology writer for USA Today and Yahoo. He says he still likes to use the Apple products he owns but, there is nothing “(14)____________________” right now.
“You got a lot of people (15)_______________________ to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus. The 6s and the 6s Plus, they’re better, but as the names (16)____________________, they’re not exactly revolutionary. Normal people don’t buy new phones every year. “
Apple still makes a lot of money
Pegoraro also says that Apple did not really have a bad quarter. The company still makes a lot of money from the products it sells. It is just (17)_______________________.
“Their (18)___________________ 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent. I struggle to think of how many other industries or companies could pull down those kind of profit margins for over a (19)___________________________.”
Pegoraro says there is not much more room for(20)_______________________ Apple makes. For example, the company could create an iPhone with a battery (21)______________________________. “That would be amazing, but you’re running into the laws of physics there,” Pegoraro says.
The Associated Press news agency reports that there are still parts of Apple’s business that are growing. For example, there are 500 million iPhones in use. Those phones need (22)_______________________, apps and music. That part of the company is worth $6 billion per quarter now, and that is an increase of 20 percent over the same period last year.
There are also (23)_____________________ the Apple Watch, which came out a year ago, did not have better sales. But the watch actually sold more than (24)___________________ in its first year compared to the first iPhone in 2007.
Right now people can only guess what is next for Apple. Some think the company will make an (25)___________________. It is building a (26)_____________________ that has been described as a spaceship or flying saucer by some observers.
Pegoraro warns to not (27)__________________Apple just because of this small drop in sales.
“This company, their problem is they made a lot of money, just not more money than they made the last quarter. You know, if (28)___________________, then I should only hope to be just as much of a disaster!”
I’m Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.
Do you own an Apple product? Are you planning to replace it soon? We want to know. Write to us in the Comments Section or on our Facebook page.

Words in This Story

units – n. an individual item of one of the products that a company makes and sells
margin – n. an extra amount of something (such as time or space) that can be used if it is needed
decade – n. a period of 10 years
revolutionary – adj. causing or relating to a great or complete change
content – adj. pleased and satisfied : not needing more
regularly – adv. on a consistent basis, very often

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