Hong Kong police arrest smugglers with $1 million of iPhones and other devices

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Hong Kong police arrest smugglers with $1 million of iPhones and other devices
This was one of the biggest hauls of smuggled electronics goods in Hong Kong history.
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Police have arrested three people in Hong Kong after discovering a massive shipment of undeclared iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, and assorted luxury items. The suspected smugglers were attempting to sneak the products into China to avoid paying tax on imports.

The South China Morning Post describes it as one of the “biggest hauls of electronic goods” in Hong Kong history. The total value of the tech products was $1 million. Other smuggled goods, including tech components and edible bird’s nests, were worth an extra $2.2 million.

Activist shareholders push Apple on why it booted Hong Kong protest app

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Activist shareholders push Apple on why it booted Hong Kong protest app
Apple banned the HKmap.live app earlier this year.
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Activist shareholders will use Apple’s annual meeting in 2020 to push Apple on why it removed a mapping app used by protesters in Hong Kong.

Beijing reportedly pressured Apple to remove the app from the App Store. At the time, Tim Cook defended Apple’s decision to pull the app after saying it had received “credible information” that the app was being used to help commit violence against individuals and property.

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

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Hong Kong police arrest smugglers with $1 million of iPhones and other devices
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.

Apple forced to close Hong Kong stores early amid protests

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The Apple Store in Causeway Bay closed 5 to 6 hours earlier.
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Apple closed all Hong Kong stores early on Monday due to growing concerns over more violent protests.

The move came a day after police fired tear gas during a clash with thousands of antigovernment activists. Other businesses also closed their doors and sent staff home early.

Octopus transit cards coming to Apple Pay in Hong Kong

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It will probably come with iOS 13.
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Apple fans in Hong Kong will soon be able to add their Octopus transit cards to Apple Pay.

Support is “coming soon,” Octopus Cards Limited confirmed this week. It will allow you to use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for journeys and more with your transit card.

Customs officials seize stash of fake iPhone components in Hong Kong

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Make sure you trust the companies you're buying from.
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$120,000 of knockoff parts for iPhones and other handsets have been seized by customs officials in Hong Kong. The parts were being used to repair handsets sent in from countries including the United States, U.K. and Australia.

The director and manager of the company were arrested during a raid on the company’s offices in the city of Tuen Mun. The offices were being used as a workshop and warehouse. One hundred phones sent in for repairs were found onsite.

Apple Watch 3 with LTE expands its reach in Asia

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Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE is coming to Hong Kong and Singapore.
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Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular capabilities is coming to two new locations, Hong Kong and Singapore, Apple has confirmed.

In Singapore, the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE will be carried by Singtel, while those in Hong Kong will be able to choose between 1O1O and csl3 as their carrier. Apple has updated its website to show the addition of the two new markets, which brings the total number of markets with Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE to 12.

Apple tightens returns policy in Hong Kong to combat iPhone 8 scalpers

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Apple wants to make life harder for scalpers.
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Apple has tightened up its online sales policy in Hong Kong, noting that it will not “accept return for online orders placed on, and after August 15th, 2017.”

The move comes ahead of the launch of the eagerly-anticipated iPhone 8, and is intended to deter scalpers from buying up massive quantities of the iPhone to sell at a premium, and then returning those they don’t manage to sell.