iPhone users typically bring home less than 3,000 yuan (about $433) every month, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday, citing a new study by Shanghai-based research agency MobData. It revealed a class divide among phone users, including gender, age, qualifications, wage and apps popular among them. Some details of the report are unclear, however, including the number of people who participated in the study.
The study showed many iPhone users in China are seen as the "invisible poor," a group of people whose appearances don't reflect their finances. They also tend to be unmarried women aged between 18 and 34 with high school qualifications, and are more likely to use the photo app Meitu, according to the study. This isn't as unusual as it may seem as many of these iPhone users have older models, with 64.3 percent of them using an iPhone 6, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 or 7 Plus.
By comparison, those who use a Huawei phone are usually more affluent, getting paid between 5,000 to 20,000 yuan (about $721 to $2,886) each month. They are also typically "high-end businessmen" who are male and married, between the ages of 25 and 34 and armed with a diploma or bachelor's degree. Many of them also own properties and cars, unlike iPhone users, and enjoy playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. They are also more varied in their choice of a Huawei phone model.
The study comes as a shock to many people on China's Twitter-like service Weibo. Users called it "nonsense" and questioned the credibility of the study. Some of the latest iPhone models cost for the "invisible poor" while budget Huawei phones their wage. A handful of users agree with the report's findings, with some observing that many of their friends with iPhones are women.
The internet also tried to come up with reasons for this phenomenon. Someone mocked the durability of Huawei phones, suggesting that with lower income one would want to buy a phone that can last longer, hence choosing an iPhone. Another suggested people with lower wages are more willing to splurge on an iPhone because they don't have to worry about loans and mortgages for their houses and cars.
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