The arrest of the CFO of Huawei in Canada last year brought to light an embarrassing secret about Meng Wanzhou: the daughter of the founder of China’s biggest mobile phone maker apparently prefers Apple.
She had an iPhone 7 Plus, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a 2015 MacBook when Canadian police picked her up in December at the request of American authorities, according to theBreaker.news.
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Meng also carried a Huawei Mate 20 RS, so she didn’t completely eschew the products of the enterprise she works for. But she didn’t have a laptop or tablet made by her employer.
Egg on Huawei’s face
Ordinarily this wouldn’t be a big deal. Google employees aren’t fired for using iPhones, for example. What makes Meng‘s obvious love of Apple devices embarrassing for Huawei is that the company severely punished two employees involved in marketing tweets being sent from an iPhone, which drew online mockery. Both employees were demoted and had their salaries cut.
It’s not known if Huawei’s Chief Financial Office will face similar repercussions for being caught loaded down with a rival company’s gear.
American officials have accused of Meng of committing fraud by lying about alleged links between Huawei and a shell company that was used to make sales in Iran, thereby breaching U.S.sanctions.