Apple is once again China’s top smartphone brand

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Tim Cook meets with Apple Store employees in China.
Tim Cook is bullish on China for good reason.
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Apple continues to get a better foothold in China, despite a slowdown in the country’s smartphone market.

According to the latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in the month of December Apple regained its status as China’s most sought-after smartphone brand, with a sales share of 27 percent for urban China.

Apple preparing to open its 33rd store in China

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The location for Apple's next retail store.
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The Chinese economy may be down, but Apple’s not taking its foot off the gas for a second when it comes to hitting its target of opening 40 Apple Stores in China by the end of 2016.

The country’s 33rd Apple Store is set to open at 10am local time next Saturday, January 31, at the giant MixC shopping mall in Qingdao, a city in eastern Shandong Province on the east coast of China.

Should Apple ever release a budget iPhone?

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Could a budget iPhone help Apple's smartphone business?
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Friday-Night-Fights-bug-2Speculation surrounding a “budget” iPhone died out when Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller promised it would never happen. But with iPhone 6s demand allegedly falling and the global smartphone market becoming increasingly saturated, could a more affordable phone give Apple a security net? Could it prevent the iPhone business from stagnating in the same way the iPad business has?

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight between Cult of Android and Cult of Mac as we bicker like children over these questions and more!

Investors think Apple isn’t greening quickly enough

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Apple Campus 2 will be one of the 'greenest' buildings in Silicon Valley.
Apple Campus 2 will be one of the "greenest" buildings in Silicon Valley.
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Apple is known as one of the most environmentally conscious companies in the world, but some shareholders think the company needs to to a lot more if it hopes to meet the aggressive goals set by the Paris Agreement last year.

Boston-based investment firm Jantz Management has filed a resolution for Apple shareholders that would request that the Board of Directors reveal on plan to shareholders by June 2016 on how Apple plans to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emission status for its facilities and major suppliers by 2030.