Apple chief Tim Cook was among a group of leaders who met China’s President Xi Jinping on Monday at an annual gathering of advisers to the Tsinghua University business school in the capital Beijing, according to Reuters.
Apple declined to comment on details of his visit. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, who also attended, stated that „every year this trip is a great way to keep up with the pace of innovation and entrepreneurship in China.“
The meeting occurred just days before Apple launches its much-anticipated iPhone X in 55 countries, including China, with hopes the high-end smartphone can revive the company’s sales in the world’s [...]
Two U.S. senators have written to Apple CEO Tim Cook asking why the company removed third-party VPN apps from its App Store in China (via CNBC). Reports that Apple had pulled the VPN apps first arrived in July, following regulations passed earlier in the year that require such apps to be authorized by the Chinese government.
In the open letter dated October 17, Senators Patrick Leahy and Ted Cruz write that China has an „abysmal“ human rights record when it comes to freedom of expression and free access to online and offline information, and say they are „concerned that Apple may be enabling the Chinese government’s censorship and surveillance of [...]
The cellular capabilities of the Apple Watch Series 3 remain unavailable to new carrier plan subscribers in China, after having been „abruptly cut off…without explanation“ just one week after the device’s launch in September. A new report published today by The Wall Street Journal has looked into the LTE setbacks faced by the Apple Watch in the country, which is predicted to face ongoing issues over the next couple of months.
Originally, Apple Watch Series 3 models on launch were supported by the carrier China Unicom, but on September 28 — almost one week after the September 22 launch — Unicom cut off new LTE subscriptions for the device. [...]