Apple could source local chipsets for Chinese iPhones

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Apple could be embracing Chinese manufacturing to help grow its brand in the country.
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Apple may be expanding its supply chain further by buying storage chips from the Chinese memory chipmaker Yangtze Memory Technologies, a new report states.

What makes this interesting is that the chips will reportedly be used only in iPhones and other devices for the Chinese domestic market. It suggests that Apple may be willing to modify its iPhone manufacturing process in order to please the Chinese government’s push toward more local manufacturing.

China busts bogus Apple store

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Chinese fakes have been an ongoing problem for Apple.
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The Chinese governement is finally starting to crack down on fake Apple stores and service centers that look just like the real deal.

Authorities in Beijing fined a store 270,000 yuan (US$43,000) after it was found to be infrining on Apple’s intellectual property and fooling customers into thinking they were getting serviced directly by Apple.

This cheap iPhone X clone comes with a massive battery

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It looks just like the iPhone X.
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Battery life on the iPhone X got you down? Consider downgrading to an iPhone X knock-off fresh out of China.

The Chinese company Oukitel unveiled its newest iPhone copycat this week that comes with a lot of the same features for a fraction of the cost, including a vertically stacked dual-lens camera and face unlocking.

What to expect from Apple’s first earnings call of 2018

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Tim Cook and Luca Maestri will reveal Apple's Q1 earnings on February 1.
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Apple’s Clips app gets an update celebrating Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year takes place on February 16.
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Apple has given its Clip app for iOS a minor upgrade, celebrating Chinese New Year, which takes place next month.

The app’s update includes a commemorative Chinese New Year label and poster, along with minor updates for improved stability when recording Selfie Scenes on iPhone X, and a fix for an issue that caused the “Top Secret poster” to animate incorrectly during playback.

Apple faces new accusations of harsh conditions in supply chain

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Tim Cook meeting one of the factory workers working on Apple products in China.
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Foxconn isn’t the only Apple supplier to be accused of having hazardous working conditions. According to a new report, manufacturer Catcher Technology Co. — which produces casings for iPhones and MacBooks — also promotes an unsafe work environment in its factories.

This includes getting employees to handle noxious chemicals without the proper gloves or masks; cold, cramped accommodation, and an excessively loud workplace, with noise levels over 80 decibels and a lack of earplugs to protect workers’ hearing.

Chinese consumer group demands action concerning iPhone slowdowns

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Another group is demanding answers from Apple.
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A Chinese consumer group is joining the number of organizations and individuals asking Apple for more information about its purposeful slowing down of older iPhones as their batteries degrade.

In a letter sent to Apple this week, the Shanghai Consumer Council asks Apple for details about what it plans to do to rectify the issue. It wants a response by Friday.

iCloud switch in China could impact international users too

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Apple is migrating Chinese iCloud accounts to a locally-owned server in February.
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There appears to be a bit of confusion regarding who is and isn’t going to be affected by Apple’s migration of China-based iCloud accounts to a server operated by a Chinese company next month.

According to a new report, the migration of iCloud accounts is also affecting a number of accounts that were opened in the U.S., are paid for with U.S. dollars, and are connected with U.S.-based App Store accounts.