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Tim Cook: 2020 Was Apple's 'Top Year of Innovation Ever'

Friday February 19, 2021 2:06 am PST by
In an interview with He Shijie, a senior at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Apple CEO Tim Cook called 2020 Apple's "top year of innovation ever." In 2020, Apple released a number of new products, ranging from the iPhone 12 lineup, to brand new iPads, the Apple Watch Series 6 and SE, and of course, new Apple Silicon Macs. Putting all of that together, ‌Tim Cook‌ says ...
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iPhone Production in India Reportedly Impacted By Tensions Along Chinese Border

Friday February 19, 2021 1:43 am PST by
Apple's iPhone production in India is starting to feel the impact of geopolitical tensions between India and China, due to limitations in the issuances of entrance visas, the South China Morning Post reports. India and China have been in a state of heightened tension following clashes at the border earlier last year. India has banned a number of Chinese apps, and is now issuing visas to...
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Apple Shifting More iPhone and iPad Production to India and Vietnam

Wednesday January 27, 2021 12:14 pm PST by
In an effort to diversify its supply chain and manufacture more products outside of China, Apple this year plans to ramp up production of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other devices in India and Vietnam, according to a report from Nikkei Asia. iPad production in Vietnam is set to start as early as the middle of 2021, and the shift will mark the first time that a large number of devices will be...
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Apple Shifting Some Production From iPhone 12 mini to iPhone 12 Pro to Meet Demand

Wednesday January 20, 2021 8:12 am PST by
Apple has reportedly cut production of the iPhone 12 mini by two million units to create more manufacturing capacity for the iPhone 12 Pro, according to a new Morgan Stanley investment note seen by PED30. Apple is believed to have made the switch for the first quarter of 2021 in an effort to combat continuing lead times for the more popular ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌. ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ lead times...
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iPhone 12 Sales in China Hit Nearly 18 Million Units in Q4 2020

Tuesday January 12, 2021 2:52 am PST by
Apple's iPhone 12 sales in China exceeded all expectations in the fourth quarter of last year, according to local media sources (via DigiTimes). Sales reached 18 million units, earning Apple an over 20% market share, with momentum expected to continue through the Lunar New Year holiday, bringing shipment volumes for Q1 2021 on par with the number of units shipped the previous quarter. The ...
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Apple Launches Special Edition Ox-Themed AirPods Pro in China for Chinese New Year

Wednesday January 6, 2021 5:35 pm PST by
In celebration of Chinese New Year, Apple today launched a special edition version of the AirPods Pro that feature an Ox icon, as 2021 is the Year of the Ox. The AirPods Pro, which are priced at RMB 1,999, are identical to standard ‌AirPods Pro‌ but feature an ox engraved on the charging case. They also ship in a box that has the same ox icon on it. In addition to launching new ‌AirPods...
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Apple Removes 39,000 Games From China App Store

Thursday December 31, 2020 4:24 am PST by
Apple on Thursday removed nearly 39,000 apps from its Chinese App Store due to the apps lacking an official license from local regulators, reports Reuters. The report, which cites data from research firm Qimai, says that games affected by the cull included Ubisoft title Assassin's Creed Identity and NBA 2K20. According to Qimai, only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games on the China App Store...
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iPhone 12 Demand Linked to Increased Air Pollution in China

Thursday October 29, 2020 7:07 am PDT by
Analysts for Morgan Stanley have said that air quality reports in some Chinese cities suggest an increase in industrial activity linked to iPhone 12 demand (via CNBC). Morgan Stanley analysts led by Katy Huberty used tracked air quality data from cities such as Zhengzhou, which is a major production location for Apple, to aid ‌iPhone 12‌ sales projections. Using air quality data from a...
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Canalys: Apple 'Still Has Much to Prove' With HomePod Mini in Crowded Smart Speaker Market

Thursday October 22, 2020 7:32 am PDT by
A new report from Canalys has forecasted the global smart speaker market for next year, projecting that it will reach 163 million units, a growth of 21 percent. Mainland China is expected to be the main market for smart speakers next year with a growth of 16 percent. The rest of the market is expected to grow by just three percent. In spite of this, 2021 is believed to be a much stronger...

Apple Removes RSS Feed Readers From Chinese App Store

Wednesday September 30, 2020 5:07 am PDT by
Apple has reportedly removed two RSS feed reader apps from China's App Store to comply with Chinese law. Fiery Feeds and Reeder both tweeted that their iOS apps had been removed in China over content that is considered "illegal" in the country. Same here. Reeder 4 (iOS) was also removed from the Chinese ‌App Store‌. https://t.co/95aXs4MaEh— Reeder (@reederapp) September 29, 2020 Fiery Feeds...
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US Downloads of TikTok and WeChat to Be Banned on Sunday

Friday September 18, 2020 6:37 am PDT by
The U.S. Commerce Department is moving to ban downloads of TikTok and WeChat within the United States from this Sunday (via Reuters). The U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue an order today that will "deplatform" WeChat and TikTok by banning people in the United States from downloading the apps. The order will take effect from Sunday, September 20. U.S. government officials speaking...
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Trump Signs Executive Order Giving ByteDance 90 Days to Sell US TikTok Business

Saturday August 15, 2020 6:09 am PDT by
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to sell its TikTok business in the United States, citing evidence of possible national security threats from the China-based company. In the order, the Trump Administration said there's "credible evidence" to suggest that ByteDance "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United...
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Apple Shipped 15 Million iPhones in the U.S. in Q2 2020, a New Domestic Record

Thursday August 13, 2020 3:13 am PDT by
Apple shipped approximately 15 million iPhones in the United States in the second quarter of 2020, according to a new report shared by Canalys, setting a new domestic record. Apple shipped 15 percent more iPhone 11 devices than last year's equivalent, iPhone XR. Most strikingly, iPhone SE was responsible for growing Apple's quarterly market share to 47 percent. Overall, Apple shipped 10...
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Trump Administration Considers Global TikTok App Store Ban

Wednesday August 12, 2020 5:14 am PDT by
A new document outlining the potential scope of President Trump's TikTok ban suggests Apple could be forced to remove the short-form video sharing platform from its App Store in China. Trump last week signed an executive order that would officially ban any U.S. transactions with TikTok if its Chinese parent ByteDance does not reach a deal to divest it to a U.S. company in 45 days....
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Apple Imported Clothes From Chinese Company Facing U.S. Forced Labor Sanctions

Monday August 10, 2020 9:54 am PDT by
Apple imported staff uniforms from a company subject to U.S. sanctions over forced labor, according to a report from The Guardian. The company in question, Changji Esquel Textile, is a subsidiary firm of Hong Kong garment group Esquel. Shipping records reveal Changji Esquel Textile is based in China's western Xinjiang region. In July, the U.S. government imposed sanctions on Esquel and...
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US to Purge ‘Untrusted’ Apps in New Measures Against China

Thursday August 6, 2020 6:12 am PDT by
The U.S. government is stepping up efforts against Chinese technology companies as it prepares to purge App Stores of "untrusted" Chinese apps, reports Reuters. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. "Clean Network" program would focus on five areas and include steps to prevent various Chinese apps and telecoms companies from accessing the sensitive information of American citizens...
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China Refuses to Accept 'Theft' of TikTok if US Acquisition Goes Ahead

Tuesday August 4, 2020 5:38 am PDT by
Yesterday we reported on Microsoft's accelerated efforts to purchase TikTok in the United States before President Trump follows through on a threat to ban the Chinese-owned app in the country. On Tuesday, Reuters reported that China's ruling Communist Party blasted those efforts via an editorial in the China Daily newspaper, saying it will not accept the "theft" of a Chinese tech company...
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Apple Seeking to Build China-Based iPhone Supply Chain Exclusively for Chinese Market

Tuesday August 4, 2020 2:55 am PDT by
DigiTimes issued a report today highlighting Apple's apparent efforts to build a supply chain consisting entirely of China-based makers in order to manufacture iPhones specifically for the Chinese market. The assessment is based on recent aggressive moves by Apple suppliers Luxshare and Lens Technology to acquire metal chassis plants operated in China by Taiwan-based makers, a strategy that ...
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Apple Facing $1.4 Billion Lawsuit by Chinese AI Firm in Siri Patent Battle

Monday August 3, 2020 6:21 am PDT by
Apple has been hit with a $1.4 billion lawsuit by a Chinese artificial intelligence company that alleges Apple violated a patent it owns for a virtual assistant similar to Siri, according to a paywalled Wall Street Journal report. Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. said in a statement on Monday it was suing Apple for an estimated 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages in a Shanghai...
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'Today at Apple' Creative Sessions Return to Apple Stores in China

Monday August 3, 2020 3:10 am PDT by
Apple's "Today at Apple" in-store creative sessions are returning to some retail locations in mainland China, following a pause due to the global health crisis. Today at Apple will resume at the following nine stores across the country on Monday, August 3, writes Michael Steeber (via 9to5Mac). Apple Zhujiang New Town Apple MixC Nanning Apple Nanjing Jinmao Place Apple Suzhou Apple...