Ex-Apple Engineer Arrested on His Way to China, Charged with Stealing Company’s Autonomous Car Secrets

Allyson Chiu
Washington Post
For about two years, Xiaolang Zhang was privy to information to which many in the tech world can only dream of having access: the inner workings of Apple’s secretive autonomous car research.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Takes a Victory Lap as China Revenue Rockets on Strength of iPhone X

Anita Balakrishnan and Sara Salinas
CNBC
Apple posted some of its strongest growth during the March quarter in one of its toughest geographic regions.

China Smartphone Sales down for First Time since 2009

Louise Lucas and Edward White
Financial Times
Sales of smartphones in China — the world’s biggest market, responsible for roughly one in every three shipments — declined last year for the first time since 2009, slumping 4.9 per cent year on year according to preliminary data from research group...

China Has Plenty of Options to Retaliate against U.S. Tariffs

Bloomberg News
Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump may soon get a lesson about tangling with China on trade: Beijing can punch back.

Conversation

12.06.17

Apple in China: WTF?

Samuel Wade, Shaun Rein & more
In November, the non-profit watchdog Freedom House called China “the worst abuser of Internet freedom” of the 65 countries it surveyed. And yet, on December 3, Apple CEO Tim Cook keynoted China’s annual World Internet Conference. “The theme of this...

Apple CEO Backs China’s Vision of an ‘Open’ Internet as Censorship Reaches New Heights

Simon Denyer
Washington Post
Reading headlines from the World Internet Conference in China, the casual reader might have come away a little confused. China was opening its doors to the global Internet, some media outlets optimistically declared, while others said Beijing was...

Skype Vanishes from App Stores in China, Including Apple’s

Paul Mozur
New York Times
For almost a month, Skype, the internet phone call and messaging service, has been unavailable on a number of sites where apps are downloaded in China, including Apple’s app store in the country.

China’s Huawei Could Overtake Apple This Year in Smartphones, Top Analyst Says

Arjun Kharpal
CNBC
In the second quarter of this year, Huawei held a 11.3 percent market share, shipping 38.5 million units, IDC data show. Apple meanwhile shipped 41 million iPhones and had a 12 percent market share in the same period.

Apple’s Decision to Remove VPN Apps from the App Store in China Explained by Tim Cook

Andrew Griffin
Independent
Tim Cook has responded to criticisms that Apple is quietly removing apps from the App Store for the Chinese government.

Apple ‘Pulls 60 VPNs from China App Store’

BBC
The BBC understands that as many as 60 VPNs were pulled over the weekend. Apple said it was legally required to remove them because they did not comply with new regulations. It refused to confirm the exact number of apps withdrawn, but did not deny...

Apple Opening Data Center in China to Comply with Cybersecurity Law

New York Times
Apple said Wednesday that it would open its first data center in China, joining a parade of technology companies responding to growing global demands to build facilities that store online data closer to customers.

Apple Opens Data Center in China to Comply With Cybersecurity Law

Paul Mozur
New York Times
Apple has set up its first data center in China, setting the tone for how foreign companies will handle a strict new law requiring them to store Chinese users’ information in the country.

China Takeover Tycoons' Cash Wall

David Fickling
Bloomberg
These firms' engine isn't profit-making drudge-work selling goods but the art of persuading financiers...

Apple Customer Data in China Was Sold Illegally, Police Say

New York Times
Police also said the leaked data included the names, Apple identification numbers and phone numbers of Apple users.

The New (Red) iPhone Shows How a Simple Act of Charity Isn’t So Simple in China

Josh Horwitz
Quartz
In China tomorrow (March 24) Apple will launch the crimson-hued iPhone 7 and 7plus devices in partnership with (RED), an AIDS-relief charity it has promoted and supported for over a decade.

Apple Plans Two More R&D Centers in China as Its Challenges in the Country Continue

Arjun Kharpal
CNBC
Apple has announced plans to set up two new research and development centers in China amid continued challenges to the iPhone maker in the world’s second-largest economy.

The Biggest Loser If Trump Ignites a Trade War with China

Benjamin Carlson
CNBC
There’s at least one big loser if President Donald J. Trump ignites a trade war with China: Taiwan. The island democracy has a heavily export-dependent economy enmeshed in billions of dollars in U.S. and China trade.

Apple Renaissance in China Key for iPhone 8 Success but It Faces a Tough Road Ahead

Arjun Kharpal
CNBC
Apple’s fiscal first quarter results showed a bit of stabilization in China and “record revenues” in India, according to CEO Tim Cook, but the U.S. technology giant still faces challenges in these emerging but increasingly “critical” markets.

Apple iPhone Toppled from No. 1 Spot in China for the First Time in 5 Years Making Firm ‘Vulnerable’: Research

Arjun Kharpal
CNBC
Apple’s iPhone has failed to clinch the title for the top selling smartphone in China for the first time since 2012, making the U.S. technology giant “vulnerable” in the world‘s second-largest economy

Google Play and iOS Apps Demand Surges in India and China

Leo Kelion
BBC
The two leading app stores both experienced a tilt towards Asia in 2016, according to an annual study.

Apple Removes New York Times App in China

Benjamin Haas
Guardian
Company says it will not offer news site in app store because it has been told by Beijing it is in ‘violation of local regulations’

How China Built ‘iPhone City’ With Billions in Perks for Apple’s Partner

David Barboza
New York Times
A hidden bounty of benefits for Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou, the world’s biggest iPhone factory, is central to the production of Apple’s most profitable product

Apple Opening a $45 Million Research Hub in China to Develop Hardware, ‘Advanced’ Tech

Arjun Kharpal
CNBC
The center will be located in Beijing's version of Silicon Valley, the Zhongguancun Science Park...

China’s Xiaomi Guns for Apple with Latest Premium Smartphone

Bloomberg
The Mi S5 is a luxury phone costing less than half the most expensive iPhone

Apple Holds Firm On China iPhone Premium

Doug Young
Forbes
China has become a particularly worrisome market for Apple in the last year.

Chinese Consumers May Be Experiencing ‘iPhone Fatigue’ As Product Launch Nears

Fortune
Convincing shoppers to replace their smartphone is a tougher sell than it used to be.

Apple’s China Problem Is That Local Phones are Good — and Cheap

Alex Webb
Bloomberg
Apple has lost market share to Huawei and Oppo.

Didi Chuxing, China’s Rival to Uber, Scores $7 Billion in New Funding

Juro Osawa
Wall Street Journal
The nation’s biggest ride sharing company succeeds in latest fundraising effort....

China Quietly Targets U.S. Tech Companies in Security Reviews

Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez
New York Times
China is scrutinizing whether those companies pose potential security threats to the country.

Tim Cook Visits China in Hopes Beijing Will Take Another Bite of the Apple

Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
The visit comes as the company’s prospects in its second largest market appear to be souring.

Apple Raises Bet on China as It Faces Scrutiny From Beijing

Paul Mozur and Mike Isaac
New York Times
Apple invests $1 billion in a Chinese ride-hailing app to show the Chinese government it is interested in supporting local business.

Apple's Uphill Battle with China Is a Reminder That There's No Such Thing As "Borderless" Tech

Mark Y. Rosenberg
Quartz
Tech companies will have to invest more resources in political risk control.

Apple No Longer Has Exclusive Rights to The "iPhone" Name in China

Zheping Huang
Quartz
Apple lost a trademark suit against a Chinese company, which now has right to make and sell leather products branded “IPHONE.”

China Sales Slide Eats Into Apple Revenue

Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
Revenue from Greater China fell $4.3 billion, but iPhone sales in India picked up.

Apple Refused China Request for Source Code in Last Two Years: Lawyer

Dustin Volz
Reuters
The congressional testimony highlighted an issue: how much private technology companies should cooperate with governments?

Apple Encryption Case Risks Influencing Russia and China, Privacy Experts Say

Spencer Ackerman
Guardian
Analysts and lawmakers warn FBI that ramifications over its demand that Apple unlock San Bernardino killer’s iPhone ‘could snowball around the world’

Apple to Power its Vast China Operations With Renewable Energy

John McGarrity
chinadialogue
The US tech giant’s plans to generate over 2GW of low carbon electricity at its China operations could speed up the greening of the ‘world’s workshop’

China is Buying About One-fifth of the World’s Apple Watches

Josh Horwitz
Quartz
Since the device’s release in May, estimates show that over 1 million of the watches have been sold in China.

Apple Stock Recovers After Tim Cook Email Praises China Sale

Brian X. Chen
New York Times
CEO Tim Cook emailed “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer to say the App Store in China had its best performance of the year in the last two weeks.

Apple is Hitler, says Chinese CEO

James Vincent
Verge
Chinese tech firm LeTV is rumored to be entering the smartphone market.

China Drops Leading Technology Brands for State Purchases

Paul Carsten
Reuters
U.S. brands Cisco, Apple, Intel, McAfee and Citrix Systems may be the first to suffer.

Caixin Media

02.25.15

Apple Pay Stalled, Frustrated in China

The central bank, UnionPay bank card service, and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. are standing up to Apple Inc.'s effort to bring the Apple Pay no-card, no-cash payment system to iPhone users in China."Apple is seeking to...

Environment

02.23.15

Chinese Firms Must Act Decisively on Climate Change, Report Says

from chinadialogue
Chinese companies will need to cut direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of their operations by up to 2.7% a year if China is to stay on track with the level of action required to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, says a new report...

Viewpoint

02.20.15

Major China Apple Supplier Pays Workers Less Than Foxconn

Jonathan Landreth & Kevin Slaten
Apple, the world’s most beloved maker of sleek mobile phones, powerful personal computers, and slim portable music players recently reported record profits—money a new report from the New York-based nongovernmental organization China Labor Watch (...

Media

11.05.14

Tim Cook Coming Out Has Turned China Into a Nation of Fifth-Graders

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
"Let me be clear," wrote Apple CEO Tim Cook in a Bloomberg Businessweek article published on October 30. "I'm proud to be gay."Within an hour of the article's publication, Cook's first public announcement of his...

Report Says The iPhone 6 Won’t Be In China Until 2015

Jay Yarow
Business Insider
There was a brief post on Apple's website that said the devices would be available in China on September 26th, but that post has since been removed...

Media

09.10.14

iPhone 6: Designed in California, Leaked in China

David Wertime
China’s cyberspace is bursting with anticipation for the iPhone 6—never mind that it promises to cost more than most citizens make in a month. Apple, the U.S.-based company that designs and sells the iPhone, had scheduled a major announcement about...

China Labels iPhone a Security Threat

Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
 Report cites researchers who say tracking app could expose 'state secrets.'...

Apple, Be Afraid: China's Xiaomi Going Global

Gordon G. Chang
Forbes
Xiaomi’s Mi3 in China is cheaper than the iPhone 5c—1,999 yuan versus 4,488. No wonder Xiaomi outsells Apple, shipping 7.3 million phones in the fourth quarter of last year over Apple's 7 million...

Foxconn Reportedly Ships Nearly 1.5M iPhone 5s Units for China Mobile launch

Lorraine Luk
Wall Street Journal
Apple sales slow in the face of competition from Samsung, Lenovo, Yulong and Huawei. 

Apple Blocks Anti-Censorship ‘FreeWeibo’ App in China

Agence France-Presse
U.S. technology giant Apple has removed the FreeWeibo application intended to allow users to read sensitive postings on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter, from its Chinese app store on orders from Beijing. 

Workers’ Rights ‘Flouted’ at Apple iPhone Factory in China

Juliette Garside and Charles Arthur
Guardian
Staff are allegedly working without adequate protective equipment, at risk from chemicals, noise and lasers, for an average of 69 hours a week. Apple has a self-imposed limit of 60 working hours a week. 

Dalai Lama’s Chinese Website Infecting Visitors, Expert Warns

Jim Finkle
Reuters
A prominent computer security firm has warned that the Dalai Lama’s Chinese-language website has been compromised with malicious software that is infecting computers of visitors with software that could be used for spying.

The Changing State of Smartphone Competition in China

Bill Bishop
Deal Book
Xiaomi has released a new Android phone so agressively priced, it could cause damage to competitors and other component suppliers. Consequently, Apple’s iPhone is no longer the most sought out phone in the country. 

Worker Group Alleges Abuses at Apple Supplier in China

Paul Mozur
Wall Street Journal
The report, set to be released on Monday by New York-based nonprofit China Labor Watch, alleges safety and environmental violations; the withholding of worker pay or the identification cards they need to work elsewhere; and poor living conditions.

Learning From China, But What?

Yu Hua
New York Times
Yu Hua on how the new Schwarzmen scholarship ought to look to Apple’s and Google’s experience in China as instructive examples of how to (and how not to) do business in China.

Apple’s Apology In China Part of ‘Rite Of Passage’ For Foreign Companies

Neil Hughes
Apple Insider
The same newspapers that attacked Apple and even China's Foreign Ministry are now heaping praise on the American company,  calling Apple’s revised policies evidence that the company had “conscientiously” responded to consumers...

China Takes Aim At Apple. Why?

Peter Ford
Christian Science Monitor
The sustained vitriolic tone of the state-run campaign against Apple is prompting observers here to wonder what could possibly be behind it, with some speculating it is retribution for America’s treatment of Chinese flagship telecoms...

Conversation

04.02.13

Why Did Apple Apologize to Chinese Consumers and What Does It Mean?

Jeremy Goldkorn, Isabel Hilton & more
Jeremy Goldkorn:On March 22, before the foreign media or Apple themselves seemed to have grasped the seriousness of the CCTV attacks on the Californian behemoth, I wrote a post on Danwei.com that concluded:“The signs are clear that regulators and...

Apple Supplier Faces Sanctions in China

Sarah Mishkin, Patti Waldmeir, Kathrin...
Financial Times
A manufacturer that produces Apple iPad casings faces sanctions from the Shanghai government after discharging waste that turned a local river milky white, killing fish and leaving water unfit for crop cultivation.