Level 1

Apple said they made $20bn last quarter. This is because of the new and expensive iPhone X. Apple sold less iPhones than before, but they made more money. The iPhone X is their most popular phone.

Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in 3 months. Three new iPhones were released last year. Only the iPhone X is incredibly popular though. The other iPhones have sold less than before.

The iPhone is the most popular phone in the world. There are 1.3 billion people with iPhones.

 

Difficult words

Quarter: One of four parts

Expensive: Costing a lot of money

Popular: Someone or something that is liked by many

Released: Made available to people

Incredibly: Hard to believe

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: 

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Quarter  A. Costly
 2. Expensive  B. Unbelievably
 3. Popular  C. Made Available
 4. Released  D. 1/4
 5. Incredibly  E. Well Liked

True or False?

1. Apple made $10bn last year.   T / F

2. Apple sold more phones but made less money.  T / F

3.  The iPhone X is their most popular phone. T / F

4.  Two new iPhones were released last year.  T / F

5. 1.3 billion people in the world have iPhones.  T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. iPhone / new / expensive / This / of / is / the / because / X / and

2. most / phone / popular / their / is / X / iPhone / The

3. is / iPhone / the / X / popular / incredibly / Only / though

4. iPhone / world / is / the / popular / in / the / The / phone / most

5. before / other / than / less / The / sold / have / iPhones

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Quarter Popular Incredibly
Released Billion Expensive

 

Apple said they made $20bn last ____________. This is because of the new and ____________iPhone X. Apple sold less iPhones than before but they made more money. The iPhone X is their most ____________ phone.

Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in 3 months. Three new iPhones were ___________ last year. Only the iPhone X is _____________ popular though. The other iPhones have sold less than before.

The iPhone is the most popular phone in the world. There are 1.3 ___________ people with iPhones.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you know about Apple?
4. What kind of phone do you have?
5. Are iPhones popular in your country?
6. How often do you change your phone?
7. What do you use your phone for the most?
8. What is your favourite phone maker? Why?
9. What do you think about the iPhone X costing $1,000?
10. What do you think phones will be like in 10 years?
11. At what age should someone get their first phone?
12. Are you addicted to your smartphone?
13. What is the best thing about your smartphone?
14. How many different phones have you owned?
15. What has been the best phone you’ve ever owned?
16. Do you think a phone is necessary in today’s society?
17. What would life be like if you didn’t have a phone?
18. Would you consider changing your brand of phone?
19. Do you think having a phone or a computer is more important?
20. What would you do if you were the CEO of Apple?