Hong Kong legislator warns Apple against being ‘accomplice’ to China

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Hong Kong legislator warns Apple against being 'accomplice' to China
Apple faces big challenges in China.
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Prominent Hong Kong legislator and IT entrepreneur Charles Mok has warned that Apple risks becoming an accomplice for “censorship and oppression” in China.

In an open letter to Tim Cook, Mok referenced Apple’s removal of a recent app which allowed protesters to track the whereabouts of Hong Kong police. Tim Cook has defended the app’s removal, which came after Chinese state media criticized Apple for allowing it in the App Store.

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Hong Kong legislator warns Apple against being 'accomplice' to China
Apple is one of a number of multinationals who face challenges in China.
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China state media slams Apple for app used by Hong Kong protestors
App helps protesters track police presence in Hong Kong.
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iPhone 11 sales estimates rising after surprisingly strong demand

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iPhone 11 is enjoying stronger demand than analysts anticipated.
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Analysts have started raising iPhone 11 shipping estimates after surprisingly strong demand for Apple’s newest handsets.

Initial stock of most models quickly sold out after Apple starting accepting preorders on Friday, September 13. It seems fans are particularly interested in the brand new color options.

Immediate reaction to iPhone 11 muted in India and China

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iPhone 11 may not be the handsets which turn things around for Apple in China and India.
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Immediate reactions to the iPhone 11 in China and India have been somewhat muted, initial analyst and social media comments suggest.

While the handsets have yet to go on sale, it hints that this year’s refresh may not be game-changers in the world’s two most populated markets.

New China tariffs could cost average U.S. household $1,000 per year

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Apple hasn't yet revealed if it's ramping up prices.
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New tariffs on imported Chinese products in the escalating U.S. vs. China trade war could cost the average household $1,000 per year, J.P. Morgan Chase claims.

The first round of tariffs went into effect Sunday at 12:01 a.m. They mean that various products, including some Apple devices, are taxed at 15% upon entering the U.S.

Apple is relying on factories in China more than ever

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Hong Kong legislator warns Apple against being 'accomplice' to China
China continues to be the epicenter of Apple's manufacturing.
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Apple may be trying to wean itself off manufacturing in China, but despite its use of factories in Brazil and India, it’s actually relying on China more than ever.

According to Reuters, the majority of Apple suppliers have become increasingly concentrated in China. Although Apple uses small factories outside the country, these are typically used only for small domestic runs.

Trump admits his tariffs could give Samsung an advantage over Apple

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and President Donald Trump appear to have a good working relationship.
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During a Friday-night dinner with Donald Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook very nearly convinced the president that import taxes planned for iPhone and other products would benefit Samsung.

Apple will pay proposed tariffs on products imported from China, while Korea-based Samsung — Cupertino’s chief competitor — will not.