Tim Cook Tours Foxconn’s New Zhengzhou Plant During Trip To China

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Tim Cook visits Foxconn, where Apple's iMacs are traditionally assembled.
Apple CEO Tim Cook spent time with Foxconn employees during his visit to China.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been spending some time in China this week, meeting with officials and even posing with fans at the company Xidan Joy City retail store. He also paid a visit to Foxconn’s new plant in Zhengzhou, where the company employs around 120,000 employs, some of whom are assembling Apple’s iPhone.

Tim Cook Visits Beijing To Meet Chinese Officials, Pose With Fans

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Apple CEO Tim Cook poses with fan at the company's Xidan Joy City store in Beijing.
Apple CEO Tim Cook poses with fan at the company's Xidan Joy City store in Beijing.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Beijing today, meeting Chinese officials as the Cupertino company eyes up further growth in China. It’s his first trip to the country since he took over from Steve Jobs as CEO, and he got himself noticed with a visit Apple’s Beijing store where he stopped to pose for photographs with fans.

Over 200,000 New iPads Have Already Been Smuggled Into One Chinese City [Report]

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Like any Apple device, the new iPad is big business on China's grey market.
Like any Apple device, the new iPad is big business on China's grey market.

Apple’s new iPad has been available to purchase in the U.S. and nine other countries for just four days, but over 200,000 units have already been smuggled into China for sale on the grey market. Natives are reportedly importing the device into the city of Shenzhen, a city that borders Hong Kong, for a profit of around $20 on each device.

SWAT Teams Break Up iPhone 4S Launch Chaos In Beijing

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The iPhone 4S is set to finally launch in China tomorrow, but that hasn’t stopped the locals from lining up early to secure access to the coveted handset. The line for Apple’s flagship store in Beijing has gotten so out of control that Apple may have to cancel the launch there altogether.

Reports are coming in that Beijing SWAT teams have already been called in to handle thousands of angry scalpers and potential customers. There have reportedly been fights in the streets between gangs of professional scalpers that buy Apple devices in bulk to then resell at a higher price.

White iPhone Sells Out In Beijing And Hong Kong

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It has been a long 10 months, but the long-awaited white-colored iPhone 4 is shipping and for sale today in the US and 28 other countries. Therefore, you would expect that people would be excited to get their hands on one of these babies, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for Apple Stores in the US.

The stores I checked in the Houston, Texas area didn’t have lines forming — like you would normally expect for a product launch. China on the other hand was a completely different story as long lines were reported there.