Apple took 69.5% of the high-end phone market (phones priced $600 and over) in China in the second quarter of 2022, according to a report from consumer research firm IDC released on Tuesday. Despite the tech giant’s dominance, the figure actually represents a decrease from a peak of 76.9% recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. IDC attributes this drop to greater investment in high-end phones – including upgraded chips, foldable models, and imaging systems – by major Android phone vendors. In recent years, Chinese phone brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Honor, and Huawei have been releasing high-end phones with innovations in body design, cameras, and charging tech, but they are still far from catching up with Apple. [IDC, in Chinese]