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29. Oktober 2018

Apple Investigating Report of Forced Student Labor at Chinese Factory

Apple today said it is „urgently investigating“ a report that claims Apple Watch manufacturer Quanta Computer has subjected teenage students to illegal work conditions at its factory in the Chinese city of Chongqing.

„We are urgently investigating the report that student interns added in September are working overtime and night shifts,“ Apple said, in a statement issued to CNN. „We have zero tolerance for failure to comply with our standards and we ensure swift action and appropriate remediation if we discover code violations.“

In a report last week, Hong Kong labor rights group Students and Scholars Against Corporate [...]

 
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11. Oktober 2018

Kuo: Apple Has Opportunity With iPhone XR in China as Chinese Rivals Face ‚Lower Than Expected‘ Demand

In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said cumulative smartphone shipments from four major brands on the Chinese market, including Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, declined 10 percent on a year-over-year basis during China’s Golden Week, a national holiday and major sales period.

iPhone XR in (PRODUCT)RED Kuo, writing on behalf of research firm TF International Securities, said the estimated 6.5-7 million shipments during Golden Week were „lower than expected.“ He called Huawei the „major winner“ as the only brand with a year-over-year increase in shipments during the October 1-7 holiday.

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5. Oktober 2018

Apple Further Refutes Bloomberg Report Suggesting Chinese Spies Tampered With iCloud Servers

Apple has gone to unusual lengths to thoroughly and definitively refute a Bloomberg Businessweek article that today suggested Chinese spies had planted microchips in the Chinese-made Supermicro server motherboards that Apple uses in its facilities.

Following the publishing of the article, Apple released a strongly worded statement calling Businessweek’s report inaccurate with no evidence to support the claims, and this afternoon, Apple went further and published an entire rebuttal on its website.

Apple’s press release includes the same statement that was initially provided to Bloomberg Businessweek, along with additional information that the company [...]

 
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21. August 2018

Apple Adds Two Chinese Manufacturers to MacBook Chassis Supply Chain

Apple has added two China-based manufacturers to its list of MacBook chassis suppliers in an effort to push down prices quoted by Taiwan-based makers, according to a new report today by DigiTimes.

China-based Shenzhen Everwin Precision Technology and AAC Technologies are said to have obtained Apple certification in 2017, and this year they began small-volume shipments of the metal-alloy chassis for Apple’s notebook line-up.

Previous years saw Taiwan-based Catcher Technology, Foxconn Technology and Casetek Holdings dominate the supply of MacBook chassis, and Apple reportedly intends to continue relying on them because of their excellent manufacturing [...]

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