Apple’s move into India ‘almost a done deal’

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iPhones will soon be made in India.
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Apple is close to finalizing its negotiations with the Indian government over a local manufacturing facility, according to a new report.

The company confirmed on Wednesday that it had enjoyed a “constructive” meeting with Indian officials after issuing a list of demands for its move. Now a source with knowledge of the matter says “it’s almost a done deal.”

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Foxconn’s next plant could kill Apple leaks

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Big Apple leaks could become a thing of the past.
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Foxconn is planning to build a new prototyping facility right alongside Apple’s upcoming research and development center in Shenzhen, China.

The move will “better help Apple create prototypes” of products in the development process, and could mean a lot fewer leaks for curious fans.

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Promising 2017 makes Apple ‘top pick’ for investors

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iPhone 8 is expected to be a huge success for Apple this year.
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Analysts have labeled Apple a “top pick” for investors in 2017.

Morgan Stanley predicts Apple will have a successful year due to a variety of factors, including the much-anticipated iPhone 8, a potential 11-point deduction in tax rate, and consumer loyalty in China where iPhone sales are expected to grow 20 percent.

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Apple yanks The New York Times apps in China

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Apple's relationship with China is complicated.
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iPhone users in China are no longer able to download the app for the most popular newspaper publisher in the U.S.

Chinese government officials reportedly demanded that Apple remove all of The New York Times apps from the App Store in China, blocking access to one of the few channels the paper has to reach readers in mainland China.

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Apple celebrates Chinese New Year with free Beats headphones

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Apple will celebrate Chinese New Year by giving away pairs of Beats Solo3 headphones in its Product (RED) variant — which just so happens to also be a color associated with good luck and prosperity in various Asian cultures.

Unfortunately, if you’re reading this in the U.S., the giveaway isn’t available to you — but rather to customers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. Which we guess makes total sense, given the occasion!

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Today in Apple history: iPhone comes to the world’s biggest carrier

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China is a massive market for Apple.
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Dec22December 22, 2013: After months of false starts, Apple finally announces it has secured a deal with China Mobile to bring the iPhone to the world’s largest telecom company.

With 760 million potential iPhone customers in the offing, the deal is Apple’s most important yet in growing its brand in China — a market that Tim Cooks says will soon be Apple’s biggest.

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Apple adds 21 gorgeous screen savers to Apple TV

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The new Apple TV videos are incredible.
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One of the best things about owning an Apple TV — staring at the hypnotically beautiful screen savers — just got a whole lot better.

Apple published 21 gorgeous new videos today that give Apple TV viewers a bird’s-eye view of fantastic cityscapes in Hong Kong, China, Dubai and other beautiful locales.

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Apple claims exploding iPhones in China are not its fault

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Apple says flaming Chinese iPhones were not based on manufacturing issues.
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Apple has denied that it is responsible for eight iPhone 6-series handsets bursting into flames in China, blaming the fiery phones on “external factors.”

The company came under fire (pun semi-intended) from Shanghai’s consumer watchdog for the alleged fault, but Apple said its own investigations have shown there is “no cause for concern.”

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