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Apple 'Assessing' Hong Kong National Security Law as Other Tech Companies Pause Data Requests

Monday July 6, 2020 5:15 pm PDT by
Apple is assessing a new Hong Kong security law that makes "subversion" of the government illegal and raises concerns about the criminalization of protests, reports Bloomberg. China last week implemented legislation allowing local authorities to supervise and regulate internet access in Hong Kong. The new measures criminalize acts that were previously considered protected speech under Hong...

WhatsApp Stops Processing Requests for User Data From Hong Kong Authorities

Monday July 6, 2020 6:30 am PDT by
WhatsApp has suspended its processing of requests for user data from Hong Kong law enforcement agencies, in response to China's imposition of a new national security law on the city, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company is "pausing" such reviews "pending further assessment of the impact of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with...

Apple 'Battling' to Free Up iPhone Shipments as India Holds Up Imports From China

Thursday July 2, 2020 3:49 am PDT by
Apple is "battling to free stuck shipments" at the Indian port of Chennai after the country ramped up scrutiny of imports from China following rising tensions between the two nations. Reuters reports that customs officers at the Southern Indian port have held back more than 150 shipments of smartphones and electronic parts from China, which has disrupted operations at plants owned by Apple...

Apple Freezing Updates for Many iOS Games on China App Store

Wednesday July 1, 2020 6:15 am PDT by
Apple has frozen updates for thousands of iOS mobile games on the App Store in China, due to these apps lacking an official license from Chinese regulators (via Financial Times). Previously in February, Apple gave app developers a June 30 deadline to prove they had a license for their games. Now that it's July, Apple said that developers would not be able to update their games without a...

Apple Removes Pocket Casts Podcast App From Chinese App Store

Thursday June 11, 2020 2:12 am PDT by
Apple on Wednesday removed popular podcast player Pocket Casts from the App Store in China. According to the app's developers, the removal of Pocket Casts was at the request of the country's Cyberspace Administration, which determined that the app could be used to access content regarded as illegal in China. "We believe podcasting is and should remain an open medium, free of government...

Apple Retailers Cut iPhone Prices in China for 6.18 Shopping Festival

Monday June 1, 2020 6:07 pm PDT by
Apple is dropping prices on the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max in China in celebration of the 6.18 shopping festival, reports CNBC. Apple has cut prices on its official store on the Alibaba-owned Tmall, and JD.com, an Apple reseller, is also offering significant discounts. This is the second time that Apple has participated in the 6.18 event.On Tmall, users can...

Apple Asks LG Display for Urgent Supply of LCD Panels to Meet iPad Demand in Asia

Friday May 29, 2020 5:07 am PDT by
Apple has asked LG Display to urgently supply LCD panels for iPads, following a surge in orders for tablet PCs and laptop monitors in the wake of the global health crisis, reports Business Korea. Apple has recently asked LG Display to supply LCD panels for the iPad fast. LG Display is expected to start supplying them as early as June by operating the production lines at full throttle.Apple...

IDC: Huawei Toppled Apple From China's Tablet Market Top Spot in First Quarter

Tuesday May 26, 2020 3:39 am PDT by
Apple lost its top spot to Huawei in the Chinese tablet market in the first quarter of 2020 as the health crisis battered local sales, according to a new report today (via South China Morning Post). China's tablet shipments plunged 30 per cent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, based on data from research firm IDC. Huawei was the only brand to see positive...

China Threatens to Add Apple, Other US Companies to 'Unreliable Entity List'

Monday May 18, 2020 3:52 am PDT by
China could put Apple on an "unreliable entity list" alongside other U.S. companies, in a series of punitive countermeasures the country is prepared to take against U.S. moves to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei, claimed a report over the weekend. According to the Global Times, the Chinese government's mouthpiece, the list would be a first step toward launching a series of...

iPhone Assembler Foxconn Posts Near 90% Drop in First Quarter Profit

Friday May 15, 2020 3:48 am PDT by
Apple's main iPhone assembler Foxconn posted an almost 90 percent drop in first-quarter profit on Friday, as the impact of the global health crisis hit production demand from clients (via Reuters). But the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer said the worst was over, and the company would "stabilize in the second quarter," adding that it expects revenue to show double-digit growth in...

Apple Reportedly Seeking to Move Significantly More Production From China to India

Monday May 11, 2020 4:13 am PDT by
In a bid to reduce its reliance on China as a base for operations, Apple could be planning to produce up to $40 billion worth of smartphones in India through contract manufacturers Wistron and Foxconn, reports The Indian Economic Times. Several meetings between Apple's senior executives and top ranking government officials over the last few months have paved the way for the iPhone maker...

Apple Shipped 2.5 Million iPhones in China in March, Rebounding Slightly From February Slump

Tuesday April 14, 2020 2:09 am PDT by
Apple shipped around 2.5 million iPhones in China last month, rebounding slightly after one of its worst months in the country on record (via Reuters). Apple sold fewer than 500,000 iPhones in February amid curbs on travel and transport, amounting to an almost 60 percent slump in iPhone sales. Mobile phone companies in general are hoping to see demand recover in China, where restrictions...

Apple Pay's Express Transit Feature Now Supported in 275 Chinese Cities

Thursday April 9, 2020 2:48 am PDT by
From today, iPhone users across China can set up their T-Union cards for Express Transit, Apple's contactless transit payment system. The new support is a result of a partnership between Apple and China T-Union, a contactless transit card currently used in 275 Chinese cities. Express Transit is an Apple Pay feature that allows users to pay fares with a swipe of their ‌iPhone‌ or Apple Watch...

Chinese Retailers Slashing iPhone 11 Prices to Entice Reluctant Customers

Wednesday April 8, 2020 8:05 am PDT by
Multiple third-party resellers in China are offering discounts on the iPhone 11 lineup this week, with savings up to an equivalent of $227 off a high-end iPhone 11 Pro Max, according to the South China Morning Post. On JD.com, the 64GB version of the basic ‌iPhone 11‌ now costs 4,999 yuan (US$708), 500 yuan (US$70) cheaper than the original price. The more expensive iPhone 11 Pro has an even...

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

Wednesday April 1, 2020 9:53 am PDT by
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
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
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
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
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
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 ...