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


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 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
‘Tibetans and Uygurs not accepted’: Apple supplier probes hiring discrimination
Now hiring: workers at the world’s biggest iPhone factories. Tibetans and Uyghurs need not apply. The exclusion of ethnic minority job seekers was openly stated by a recruiting agency for Foxconn, Apple’s largest supplier, in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou. In response to an inquiry from Inkstone, Foxconn said on Friday that it had begun an investigation into the agency and vowed to help end discriminatory hiring. “It has come to our attention that an unauthorized recruitment agency may be using our name illegally for recruitment purposes and without Foxconn approval,” the company said in a statement to Inkstone. “We immediately alerted local government officials to this possible illi
This photo shows what happens when iPhone sales drop
On an otherwise unremarkable Saturday in a central Chinese city, hundreds of workers at the world’s largest iPhone assembly plant lined up to quit their jobs. In the years since robust sales of the iPhone turned Apple into one of the biggest companies on the planet, the workers in the city of Zhengzhou had never seen anything quite like this: a slowdown in the demand for their labor. “In 2017, we were churning out iPhone 8s. I was thrilled that I could work 11 hours every day and didn’t take any leave on weekends,” said Haixia, a worker at the factory, which is owned by the contract manufacturer Foxconn. But the days of plentiful overtime, she lamented in an interview in late February, are o
China is falling out of love with Apple
A sales slump in China has contributed to Apple’s first profits decline in more than a decade. Between October and December, the company’s sales in the Greater China region dropped 27% compared with a year ago. That means $5 billion in lost revenue. Apple says Chinese people are not buying as many smartphones due to the country’s economic slowdown and trade tensions with the United States. But many analysts have suggested that Apple is also losing ground to Chinese rivals because of its high prices and failure to cater to local tastes. We talked to Chinese consumers – mainland Chinese tourists in Hong Kong – to find out what they value the most when picking a smartphone.