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Apple's Pandemic Recovery Donation to China More Than Doubles to $7 Million

Wednesday April 1, 2020 9:53 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple has more than doubled its donation to China's virus recovery efforts, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Chinese social networking site Weibo today (via Reuters). Apple has now donated more than 50 million yuan ($7 million) to the country, which will be used to support long-term public health recovery efforts.China has shown incredible spirit and resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak...

All Apple Stores in China Will Be Reopened by Friday

Thursday March 12, 2020 3:54 pm PDT by Juli Clover
As the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States and other countries, Apple is preparing to reopen its retail stores in mainland China. All 42 locations in the country will be open as of Friday local time, Apple confirmed to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Apple started shutting down select stores in China in January, and in early February, closed all stores in China. As the spread of...

iPhone Production Resumption in China Exceeds Foxconn's Expectations, But US Sales Concerns Remain

Thursday March 12, 2020 4:17 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
The founder of iPhone assembler Foxconn said on Thursday that the resumption of production at its factories in China had "exceeded expectations," following the coronavirus-related disruption of supply chains (via South China Morning Post). [Terry Gou Tai-ming] told reporters that the return to work effort at Foxconn's factories in China had "exceeded our expectations and imagination," and that ...

iPad Stocks in China Dwindle as Kids Switch to E-Learning Amid Coronavirus-Related School Closures

Wednesday March 11, 2020 3:06 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
iPad stocks are reportedly running low in China because parents are buying them to help with e-learning at home in response to school closures relating to the coronavirus outbreak. Nikkei Asian Review today reports that labor shortages have also seen suppliers struggle to meet production demands, amid government-imposed restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. "Later the...

Apple Sold 60 Percent Fewer iPhones in China Last Month Compared to February 2019 Amid Coronavirus Restrictions

Monday March 9, 2020 4:28 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple sold fewer than 500,000 iPhones in China last month amid the ongoing curbs on travel and transport, according to government data shared on Monday (via Reuters). Shipments of Apple devices slumped to 494,000, from 1.27 million in February 2019. In January, their shipments had held steady at just over 2 million.That amounts to an almost 60 percent slump in iPhone sales – worse than...

WSJ Examines Apple's Reliance on China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Monday March 2, 2020 12:56 pm PST by Juli Clover
Production on Apple's devices has been stymied in recent weeks due to delays caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China. Many of Apple's China-based suppliers had to shut down for two weeks or more in February, and there are still staffing issues as factories work to ramp up production around travel bans, quarantines, and other problems. Amid the China coronavirus outbreak, which has caused ...

Apple Implicated in New Report on Chinese Forced Labor

Monday March 2, 2020 3:56 am PST by Hartley Charlton
A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute think-tank has named Apple among 83 other major companies benefiting from the use of potentially abusive labor transfer programs. The Chinese government has allegedly transferred thousands of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities from Xinjiang to factories across the country, implicating global supply chains. The report...

Apple Declines Request to Testify at U.S. Congressional Hearing Probing Ties to China

Tuesday February 25, 2020 3:35 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple has again declined a request to testify at a U.S. congressional hearing that is part of a wider investigation into Chinese influence on technology companies. According to The Washington Post, both Apple and TikTok declined an invitation from U.S. Senator Josh Hawley to attend the hearing, which took place on Monday, February 24. Apple and TikTok each have declined a request to...

Over Half of Apple's Retail Stores in China Reopened Amid Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak

Monday February 24, 2020 2:18 pm PST by Juli Clover
Apple has now reopened 29 of its 42 retail locations in China, according to Apple's store websites in the country that were reviewed by Bloomberg. Many of Apple's stores in China have been shut down for the last few weeks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Most locations that have been reopened continue to operate on shortened hours, with some open for less than eight hours a day....

10 More Apple Stores Reopen Across China, Other Stores Outside of Beijing Remain Closed

Wednesday February 19, 2020 3:00 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple has updated its website to indicate that it will reopen 10 more stores across China, following closures due to the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan. The stores, listed below, will reopen on February 19 for limited business hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time until further notice, as noted by iMore. Chengdu Apple Chengdu Vientiane City Apple...

Apple Stores in Beijing Screening Customers for Fever Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Friday February 14, 2020 7:10 am PST by Joe Rossignol
As expected, Apple reopened its five retail stores in the Beijing area today as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China continues. In a video shared by CNBC senior correspondent Eunice Yoon, Apple employees can be seen checking the body temperatures of customers as they enter the store for signs of fever. Yoon says Apple is also limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at once,...

Apple Stores in Beijing Reopening Tomorrow With Limited Hours, Other Chinese Stores Remain Closed

Thursday February 13, 2020 6:13 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Apple has updated its website to indicate that all five of its retail stores in the Beijing area will be reopening February 14 with limited hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time until further notice, as noted by Reuters. Apple has yet to announce reopening dates for its other stores in mainland China, which remain listed as closed through at least February 19 on its website due to the Wuhan...

Foxconn Warns Staff to Keep Away From Shenzhen iPhone Plant as Virus Prevention Efforts Continue

Friday February 7, 2020 2:44 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple's main iPhone assembler Foxconn has told employees not to return to work at its Shenzhen facility in China when the extended Lunar New Year break ends on February 10, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg. "To safeguard everyone's health and safety and comply with government virus prevention measures, we urge you not to return to Shenzhen," Foxconn wrote in a text message sent to...

Foxconn Cuts Revenue Outlook Following Coronavirus Outbreak

Wednesday February 5, 2020 2:45 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple's primary iPhone assembler Foxconn has slashed its 2020 revenue outlook after strict quarantines at its main base in China to guard against the coronavirus outbreak (via Bloomberg). The company is now projecting a sales increase of 1% to 3% this year, Chairman Young Liu told Bloomberg News in a text message. That’s down from a Jan. 22 forecast of 3% to 5%, before the epidemic spread...

Apple Postpones 'Close Your Rings' Employee Challenge Due to Coronavirus and Store Closures

Tuesday February 4, 2020 9:24 am PST by Juli Clover
Every year in February, Apple hosts a company wide fitness challenge for all of its employees at its corporate and retail offices around the world. Employees are tasked with closing all three of their Apple Watch Activity rings every day during the month, and those that are successful earn a reward. Apple's 2020 challenge, which is in February because February is Heart Month, has been...

Apple Closes All Stores, Corporate Offices, and Contact Centers in China Through February 9 Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Saturday February 1, 2020 6:30 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Apple today announced that it has closed all of its corporate offices, stores, and contact centers in mainland China through February 9 due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, out of an abundance of caution. In a statement shared by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple said it will continue to closely monitor the situation:Our thoughts are with the people most immediately affected by the...

Apple Celebrating Chinese New Year With Heartwarming Short Film, Today at Apple Sessions, and Gift Guide

Monday January 13, 2020 5:30 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Apple has shared a heartwarming short film about three generations of Chinese women coming together for the Chinese New Year. The video, starring leading Chinese actress Zhou Xun, was shot on the iPhone 11 Pro. Prominently featured on Apple's website in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, the short film was directed by Academy Award nominee Theodore Melfi, with cinematography by Golden Globe Award...

iPhone 11 Popularity Earns Apple Double-Digit Growth in China

Thursday January 9, 2020 2:27 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Apple saw a significant jump in smartphone shipments in China last month thanks in part to the popularity of the iPhone 11, according to Bloomberg. The iPhone maker’s shipments in China grew 18.7% year on year in December to roughly 3.18 million units, according to Bloomberg calculations based on government data on overall and Android device shipments. The increase marked an acceleration...

Apple CEO Tim Cook: iPhone 11 Sales Are Off to a 'Very, Very Good Start'

Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:27 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Ahead of today's earnings call covering the fourth fiscal quarter of 2019, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with Reuters that iPhone 11 sales are off to a "very, very good start" so far, and the launch has led to improved sales in key markets like China. In China in particular, the lower $699 starting price of the ‌iPhone 11‌ is "more similar to the price points that [Apple] had great...

Apple Wins CITI Outstanding Brand Award in China for Environmental Focus

Thursday October 24, 2019 2:58 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today announced that it is the first company to receive a Green Supply Chain CITI Outstanding Brand award for its environmental efforts in China, specifically its contributions towards making its entire supply chain more environmentally responsible. Apple announced the news on its Chinese site (via 9to5Mac), and said that as a CITI brand, the company will continue to maintain a "superior ...