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Apple Tells Suppliers to Follow China Labelling Laws on Taiwan Exports: Report

Apple is urging suppliers to make sure that all shipments from Taiwan to China follow Chinese customs regulations to avoid processing delays at the border — reports Nikkei Asia. As political tensions between China and Taiwan continue to rise, the former has started strictly enforcing a long-standing rule that requires Taiwan-made imports to be labelled...

Apple Chip Supplier TSMC Warns Plants Would Shut Down if China Invades Taiwan

Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Limited's microprocessor factories would become "not operable" if China were to invade its home country, company Chair Mark Liu said in a recent interview with CNN (via CNBC). Liu warned that chipmaking is not an isolated operation and relies on global supply chains. "Nobody can control TSMC by force....

Apple iPhone Sales in China Rebounded in May, Says Analyst

iPhone sales in China were up a whopping 13% year-over-year during the month of May — reports Seeking Alpha. As a result, Apple clawed some market share away from local competition. iPhones made up 16.4% of smartphone sales in the region in May, an increase of 3.2% year-over-year. Investment firm UBS said on Tuesday that iPhone...

Apple Posts Job Listing for ‘Car Experience Engineer’ in China

According to Tesla North, Apple is looking to hire a "Car Experience Partner Engineer" in China. Apple is seeking a software engineer to work on its automotive offerings in the world's largest car market. The job listing on Apple's website, posted on May 30, states: This is a hybrid role between technical engineering and program managing...

TikTok Accessed U.S. User Data in China, Leaked Recordings Reveal

TikTok employees in China have repeatedly had access to nonpublic data pertaining to U.S.-based users — reports BuzzFeed News. The information comes from leaked recordings of more than 80 internal TikTok meetings that were reviewed by the publication. "Everything is seen in China,"  said one employee in TikTok’s Trust and Safety department during a September...

Amazon Discontinues Kindle Sales in China, e-Bookstore to Close in 2023

Amazon on Thursday announced it is ceasing all supply of its Kindle e-readers to retailers in China — reports Reuters. The company will also shut down its Chinese eBookstore on June 30 next year. However, customers will still be able to download any eBooks they've purchased for a year after the store closes. The remainder...

Apple Supplier Quanta Faces Worker Unrest in China Under ‘Closed-Loop’ System

Apple supplier Quanta Computer is seeing its "closed-loop" production bubble in Shanghai burst as factory workers grow increasingly agitated with the lockdown restrictions and revolt against management, according to a report from Bloomberg (via Yahoo Finance). As China started grappling with its largest COVID-19 outbreak in two years starting in March, factories across the country faced...

Apple Supply Chain ‘Surprisingly Resilient’ Despite COVID-19 Lockdowns: Analyst

According to Wedbush Securities Managing Director Daniel Ives, demand for Apple products is "trending better than management's guidance thus far in the quarter," despite Apple projecting a $4-8 billion USD drop in quarterly revenue due to lockdowns in China — reports Seeking Alpha. The Chinese government has been imposing strict lockdowns in several cities since March...

Apple’s Largest iPhone Factory Faces COVID-19 Lockdown in China

On Friday evening, Chinese authorities placed several areas in the tech production mecca of Zhengzhou — home to the largest iPhone assembly plant in the world, operated by Apple supplier Foxconn — under immediate quarantine (via Bloomberg). Some areas in the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone have been placed under quarantine with people not allowed to...

Internal Documents Show Huawei Linked to China’s Surveillance Programs: REPORT

Huawei was involved in creating mass surveillance programs for Beijing and offered to produce technology that would enable the authorities to monitor the forced "re-education" of Uighurs in detention camps, an investigation has alleged. A review of the telecommunications company's confidential marketing materials by The Washington Post uncovered evidence that appears to contradict Huawei's denials...