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Apple speeds up plans to move iPhone assembly out of China

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Apple no longer wants China to be its primary manufacturing base.
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Apple has expedited plans to move a part of its supply chain outside of China. The company is asking suppliers to increase their assembly base in India and Vietnam.

Over the last year, China’s strict COVID-19 restrictions have disrupted Apple’s production lines in the country multiple times.

Apple’s Black Friday Shopping Event is now live

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Apple's Black Friday 2022 shopping event is live.
Save big on Apple hardware this Black Friday.
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Apple’s Black Friday deals are now live in the US and Canada. The company is bundling gift cards of up to $250 on the purchase of select products.

The four-day shopping event runs through Cyber Monday, i.e., November 28. You can place your order through Apple’s online or retail store to get the gift card.

Brazilian regulator seizes iPhones from retail stores for not including chargers in box

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Apple can continue selling iPhones in Brazil for now.
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Brazilian authorities seized “hundreds of iPhones” across retail stores in the country on November 11. The phones were confiscated because Apple was selling them without a bundled power adapter.

Apple has already been granted an injunction against the seizure by a Brazilian court. So, the company can continue selling iPhones until Brazil’s regulatory body takes a final decision.

First Apple-certified 15W car charger comes from Belkin

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This MFi-certified charger clips to a dashboard vent and delivers 15W of power to a MagSafe iPhone.
This MFi-certified charger clips to a dashboard vent and delivers 15W of power to a MagSafe iPhone.
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Apple has started selling the first 15W MagSafe car charger, made by Belkin. Up until now magnetic car chargers haven’t used Apple-certified MagSafe technology. They’re Qi-certified chargers with magnets that offer half the power of a 15W MagSafe charger.

But that changes now with Belkin’s Boost Charger Pro Wireless Car Charger with MagSafe.

Brazil fines Apple again for selling iPhones without charger

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Apple plans to appeal the decision.
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A Brazilian court fined Apple a second time for not bundling chargers with the iPhones it sells in the country. The court imposed a fine of 100 million reals ($19 million).

The Brazilian association of borrowers, consumers and taxpayers filed the lawsuit in the Sao Paulo state court.

Apple could soon make a lot more iPhones in India

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Apple really wants to diversify its production line outside China.
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J.P. Morgan analysts believe Apple could move 25% of iPhone production to India by 2025. The Cupertino giant has already moved a part of iPhone, iPad, and MacBook production outside China in recent years.

Apple is diversifying its supply chain and wants to reduce its reliance on China as a production hub.

Apple’s leather MagSafe wallet is hard to lose track of [Review] ★★★★☆

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Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe review★★★★☆
The Apple Leather Wallet attaches to your iPhone, and the iPhone helps keep track of it.
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The Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe magnetically clings to an iPhone. And it has a useful trick: The phone shows the user the location the wallet was last detached, so it’s easier to find if it gets lost.

As a fan of Apple’s Find My application, I decided to try it out.