Apple designs and sells consumer electronics and personal computers, and also operates retail stores. It is one of the world’s biggest companies and the second-largest mobile phone-maker after Samsung

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China Trends: China’s internet mourns Eddie Van Halen, and new iPhone sparks nationalism debate
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. China mourns rock legend Like in much of the world, music fans in China are mourning the loss of the legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Van Halen died Tuesday at age 65 after a long battle with cancer. He was the guitarist for a popular band from the 1970s and 1980s that bore his namesake. He became famous for his guitar solos that were loud, fast and complicated. The musician is often regarded as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, and Van Halen remains one of the world’s best-selling bands. They were inducte
China Trends: WeChat ban clouds iPhone use in China and closed mines continue to pollute
Every Tuesday and Thursday, China Trends takes the pulse of the Chinese social media to keep you in the loop of what the world’s biggest internet population is talking about. WeChat or iPhone?  After US President Donald Trump ordered fresh restrictions on the Chinese messaging super-app WeChat on Friday, many in China wondered whether it meant they would have to part ways with Apple. Trump used the power of executive orders to block all US transactions related to WeChat, beginning 45 days later. The order would bar Apple from listing WeChat in its App Store. With US-China relations in their worst state since the two countries restored diplomatic relations in the 70s, technology companies tha
Huawei becomes top dog in China’s smartphone market
The days of the iPhone being the king of smartphones in China are over, according to newly-released figures from research firm QuestMobile. More than 26% of all smartphone owners in China are now Huawei users, compared with just above 21% for Apple. In June, the share of active iOS systems dropped about two percentage points from a year ago, the report said.  That being said, Apple is still doing well in China. The company saw a 225% jump in iPhone sales in the three months ending in June 2020. The growth suggests a strong recovery from the first three months of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic forced the company to shut stores across China. Huawei has also become one of the most visibl
The coronavirus may hasten the demise of the smartphone
We've all had those heart-stopping moments, “Where's my phone?!” Is it on the back seat of the taxi disappearing into traffic, or did I leave it at home? Maybe I haven't lost everything. For more than a decade, we have been tethered to a flat piece of metal and glass that is now central to our lives – combining communications (voice and text), photography, music, videos, news, web search and dozens of other seemingly essential apps into one indispensable device we have to carry everywhere. The smartphone hasn’t changed much since Apple revolutionized mobile telephones with a touch screen version in 2007. In fact, the decade of the 2010s saw only incremental innovations in smartphones, or gim
Apple’s new AirPods goes on sale today. Knock-offs could be yours tomorrow
Chinese factories are said to be rushing to knock off the latest versions of Apple’s Airpod Pro earbuds that go on sale in the US on Wednesday for $249. “We will have earphones identical to Apple’s AirPods Pro available for sale very soon, possibly within the next two or three days,” a gadget wholesaler in the southern tech hub of Shenzhen, surnamed Fu, said on Tuesday morning. AirPods have become Apple’s second-best-selling product of all time. With a new noise cancellation feature, the new AirPods are Apple’s priciest headphones to date. In a poll of 70,000 people conducted by Sina Tech, more than 60% of respondents said the AirPods Pro were too expensive, 20% expressed willingness to buy
First NBA, now Apple: US firms caught in dilemmas in China
Apple has come under fire in China after approving an app that allows protesters to report and monitor police movement in Hong Kong. The People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, on Tuesday published a commentary that ridicules the iPhone maker for protecting “rioters” in Hong Kong by making the HKmap.live software available on its app store. Does Apple “not worry about damaging its reputation and hurting the feelings of consumers?” the article reads. The criticism puts Apple in a long line of foreign companies that have been forced to either bow to populist pressure in China or risk losing access to 1.4 billion customers. Compounding their troubles, the political pressur
Apple accused of breaking labor laws in making iPhone 11
Apple and its Chinese supplier Foxconn have been accused of violating labor laws to produce iPhone 11 on the eve of the new model’s Tuesday launch. New York-based China Labor Watch released a report on Monday detailing a string of alleged violations at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory, in the central province of Henan, mostly relating to the employment conditions of temporary workers. According to the report, temporary workers – recruited through contracted agencies – now make up half or more of the workforce at the Zhengzhou facility, with workers putting in at least 100 overtime hours a month. China’s labor laws stipulate that temporary workers “shall not exceed 10% of the total workforce” and
Man pleads guilty to conning Apple out of 1,493 iPhones
In 2016, a Chinese engineering student in Oregon told Apple that his iPhone wouldn’t power on. He turned in the device, and Apple sent him a replacement iPhone. Then it happened again. And again. Over the next two years, the man, Quan Jiang, sent in a total of some 3,000 fake iPhones and claimed that they were defective. He eventually made off with 1,493 replacement iPhones, costing Apple an estimated $895,800. Jiang pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods on Wednesday and agreed to pay $200,000 in restitution, a Department of Justice statement said. His near 50% success rate in fooling Apple with fake iPhones raised questions about potential loopholes in the company’s processes.
Apple suffers collateral damage in US-China tech cold war
As a new economic cold war breaks out between the United States and China, Apple has found itself caught in the crossfire. The Trump administration’s move to put Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei on a trade blacklist last week has provoked anger in China, where the brand is seen as a symbol of Chinese innovation.  Some longtime Chinese fans of Apple say they have ditched the American brand for a Huawei handset amid rising US-China tensions. “There is a calling from my heart that I need to show support for Chinese brands,” said Wang Zhixin, the manager at one of China’s largest solar module makers, who replaced his iPhone 7 earlier this month with a Huawei P30. As a US export ban threa
How American shoppers will pay the price for Trump’s proposed tariffs
President Donald Trump has threatened to drastically raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from Friday and impose a new 25% tariff on all remaining Chinese imports that are currently untaxed by US customs. The threat has jolted markets around the world. If Trump follows through on it, the tariffs are set to hurt American shoppers because they affect almost everything America buys from China, from iPhones to Nike kicks. The United States imported $540 billion worth of products from China in 2018. Cell phones, computers, household appliances, and apparel are among the biggest categories of those imports. China’s top trade negotiator, Vice-Premier Liu He, will visit Washington on