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US Downloads of TikTok and WeChat to Be Banned on Sunday

Friday September 18, 2020 5:37 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...

Trump Signs Executive Order Giving ByteDance 90 Days to Sell US TikTok Business

Saturday August 15, 2020 5:09 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...

Apple Shipped 15 Million iPhones in the U.S. in Q2 2020, a New Domestic Record

Thursday August 13, 2020 2:13 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...

Trump Administration Considers Global TikTok App Store Ban

Wednesday August 12, 2020 4:14 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....

Apple Imported Clothes From Chinese Company Facing U.S. Forced Labor Sanctions

Monday August 10, 2020 8:54 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...

US to Purge ‘Untrusted’ Apps in New Measures Against China

Thursday August 6, 2020 5:12 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...

China Refuses to Accept 'Theft' of TikTok if US Acquisition Goes Ahead

Tuesday August 4, 2020 4:38 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...

Apple Seeking to Build China-Based iPhone Supply Chain Exclusively for Chinese Market

Tuesday August 4, 2020 1:55 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 ...

Apple Facing $1.4 Billion Lawsuit by Chinese AI Firm in Siri Patent Battle

Monday August 3, 2020 5:21 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...

'Today at Apple' Creative Sessions Return to Apple Stores in China

Monday August 3, 2020 2:10 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...

Apple Removes Nearly 30,000 Apps From China App Store

Sunday August 2, 2020 11:06 am PDT by
Apple on Saturday removed nearly 30,000 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 90% of the apps removed were games. The report also mentions that over 2,500 additional apps were removed from the China App Store over the first week of July. Apple in...

Trump Plans to Ban TikTok From the U.S.

Saturday August 1, 2020 5:13 am PDT by
President Trump plans to ban TikTok from the United States, NBC News reports. Aboard Air Force One on Friday night, Trump reportedly said "As far as TikTok is concerned we're banning them from the United States." He described the action as a "severance" and said that an executive order enforcing the ban could be signed as soon as today. "I have that authority," he said. In recent weeks, ...

Apple Was Fastest Growing Smartphone Brand in China in Second Quarter, Buoyed By Strong iPhone SE Sales

Wednesday July 29, 2020 3:00 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone was the fastest-growing smartphone brand in China in the second quarter, according to data published by Counterpoint Research. Bouncing back from the decline in the market in Q1 following the global health crisis, Apple grew 32% year on year thanks to the continued popularity of its iPhone 11 lineup and heavy discounting at an annual shopping festival that Apple doesn't...

Apple Says 'No Evidence' of Forced Labor at Key Chinese Supplier [Updated]

Thursday July 23, 2020 1:44 am PDT by
Apple says it has found no evidence of alleged forced labor at one of its key Chinese suppliers, after the U.S. government blacklisted O-film as part of its continuing crackdown on Chinese tech companies. Tim Cook on a visit to a Chinese O-film facility in 2017 Camera and touch module supplier O-film Group was one of 11 Chinese companies added to the U.S. Commerce Department's Entity List on...

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...