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Apple moves production of some high-demand devices to Taiwan


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Apple has a backup plan.
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Apple is shifting a portion of AirPods, iPad and Apple Watch production from China to Taiwan as the tech giant continues to deal with coronavirus-related delays in China.

The virus, called COVID-19, has forced Apple to diversity on the fly its China-reliant production model. Much of the country remains quarantined and restricted in travel, and Apple assembly and supply partners are unable to operate at full capacity.

Inside Apple’s spectacular new Taipei store, opening Saturday


Apple Store Taipei
The new store looks spectacular.
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Apple’s second retail store in Taiwan, located in Taipei, opens this Saturday — and Apple has shared some advance pictures of the new Xinyi A13 store.

The store boasts a glass exterior and roof design reminiscent of Apple’s Chicago flagship store. It consists of two levels, with a pair of marble composite stairs descending to a lower, underground level.

Apple’s second store in Taiwan confirmed


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A glimpse at Apple's new store.
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A new image posted online shows that Apple is gearing up to open its second Apple Store in Taiwan. The photo shows that Apple has erected its customary white construction barriers around the new store, complete with Apple branding.

The new retail outlet is located at the bottom of the Xinyi A13 shopping mall in Taipei’s commercial hub District. From the look of things, the store has a roof design reminiscent of its Chicago flagship store.

Mac users in China can no longer use Taiwan flag emoji


Not China's favorite emoji symbol.
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As countries, it’s fair to say that China and Taiwan aren’t exactly BFFs. For evidence of this, look no further than the recently released macOS 10.14.4. Eagle-eyed users in China have noticed that their Mac devices can no longer display the Taiwan flag emoji.

The flag ban can’t even be circumvented by changing the region in your Mac’s System Preferences.

70-year-old man uses 11-phone rig to dominate Pokémon Go


Pokemon go guy
Chen San-yuan is training to be the very best.
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Turns out the world’s most dedicated Pokémon Go player probably isn’t a pimple-faced teen ditching school but is actually a 70-year-old grandpa in Taiwan.

Chen San-yuan recently became an online sensation for his love for Pokémon Go, which led him to create an insane rig of 11 phones mounted to his bike or waist. You know your Pokémon Go addiction is bad when you’re spending $1,000 a month on new phones and lures.

Take a look at his impressive rig:

Taiwan lets Qualcomm off majority of big $773 million fine


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Qualcomm just scored a lucky break in feud with regulators.
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Qualcomm just saved itself the best part of $700 million , due a settlement with Taiwan’s antitrust regulators.

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission had accused Qualcomm of abusing its position in the marketplace by refusing to provide products to clients who would not agree to its terms and conditions. Qualcomm was issued a record $773 million fine last year, but most of that has now been reversed.

Apple’s Taiwanese flag ban leads to iPhone crashes


Not exactly China's favorite flag.
Photo: Maya-Anaïs Yataghène/Flickr CC

Sometimes software bugs can be awfully revealing. This week, a security researcher noted how an iPhone-crashing bug occurred whenever some users used the Taiwanese flag emoji in iOS 11.3.

The bug is seemingly an abortive attempt to acquiesce to China’s rules for tech companies to follow, which includes its refusal to accept Taiwan as an independent country. While Apple hasn’t commented on the case, this isn’t the first time it has caved to China’s requests.

Here’s how much each country makes off the iPhone 7


The major components for the iPhone 7 come from a variety of counties. Most at of the profit still goes to the U.S.
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The iPhone is made in China, so most of the profit stays over there, right? Actually, everything in that sentence is wrong.

A new study finds that China makes less than $9 from each iPhone 7. Some of the rest goes to other Asian countries, but the lion’s share is earned by Apple and other U.S. companies.

iPhone X guts Foxconn profits


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Foxconn workers in Shenzhen will not report next week until further notice.
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Production issues with the iPhone X caused Apple’s biggest supply partner to suffer its biggest decline in profits in nearly a decade.

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., aka Foxconn, posted its latest earnings today and disappointed investors by posting a 39 percent decline in net income compared to the same quarter last year.