More Apple suppliers looking to manufacture outside China

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This could be one way around tariffs.
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Two more manufacturers which regularly do work with Apple are eying up new potential plant locations outside of China. Wistron is reportedly looking to open a factory in the U.S. or, as a backup, Mexico. Chassis maker Catcher is, meanwhile, looking at Southeast Asia or Taiwan as locations.

This comes at a time when fears about a burgeoning trade war between China and the U.S. is making people worried about possible future trade.

Foxconn says it could manufacture all U.S. iPhones outside of China

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This could help Apple counter China trade tariffs.
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Fears about an impending trade war with China have shaken Apple, which produces the overwhelming majority of its devices in the country.

However, according to Apple manufacturer Foxconn, there’s some good news. It claims it has the capacity to produce all iPhones bound for the U.S. outside of China if it needs to.

Apple Pay Express Transit en route to London

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It couldn’t be faster to pay for your ride.
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Apple Pay Express Transit is on its way to London, giving travelers a quick and easy way to pay for rides.

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed it is working closely with Apple to enable the feature “in the coming months.” It promises more information will be available at a later date.

Huawei founder doesn’t want iPhones banned in China

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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is a self-admitted Apple fan.
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Huawei may be competing with Apple in the smartphone industry, but Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has said that he would be “the first to protest” if China was to consider banning the iPhone in the country.

This comes after the U.S. placed a ban on Huawei products. This prompted concerns that China could retaliate and ban an American tech giant, such as Apple.

China’s monopoly on ‘rare earth’ minerals could hurt Apple

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iPhones rely on minerals exported by China.
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As battle lines are drawn between China and the U.S. in its burgeoning trade war, China has one big advantage working in its favor. The country is a primary source of “rare earths” used by manufacturers around the world — including Apple.

This category of 17 elements is used in multiple iPhone components. These include cameras, speakers, taptic engines, and receiver components. It’s yet another way Apple could be hurt by a trade war.

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Ex-student pleads guilty to $895,000 fake iPhone scam

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The scam involved swapping out counterfeit iPhones for real ones.
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An ex-Oregon engineering student from China has pleaded guilty to a scam involving counterfeit iPhones.

Quan Jiang and another student, Yangyangg Zhou, were involved in a scheme featuring imported fake iPhones. They then swapped them out for legit devices under Apple’s warranty scheme. The scam cost Apple a massive $895,800.

China overtakes U.S. as world’s biggest smart speaker market

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China has overtaken the U.S. as the world’s biggest smart speaker market. According to new figures from Canalys, the Chinese market grew nearly 500% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019.

Approximately 10.6 million units shipped in China over the quarter, compared to 5 million in the U.S. This means that China is now 51% of the global global smart speaker market. The U.S., on the other hand, comes in second place at just 24%.

HBSC thinks tariffs could increase iPhone prices by $160

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Would you pay an extra $160 for your iPhone?
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HSBC has cut its price target on Apple based on concerns about the company’s uncertain future in China.

Specifically, it is worried that Apple may ramp up the (already steep) price of iPhones in the U.S. if new import tariffs from China are implemented.

Trump’s Huawei ban could wind up hurting Apple, too

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President Trump announced his attack on Huawei on Wednesday.
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A ban on China’s Huawei company by the White House could wind up hurting Apple, concerned analysts claim.

President Donald Trump’s administration announced plans Wednesday to ban technology and services of “foreign adversaries” that pose “unacceptable risks.” But possible Chinese retaliation against major U.S. companies could hit Apple hard.