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.
The well-known [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Apple is working with major mobile carriers in China on exploring ways to reduce iMessage spam, according to state media (via Reuters).
The company is actively exploring ways to further cut spam messages, including using advanced technology to identify junk messages and rolling out more tools to block hostile accounts, an Apple official was quoted as saying by the China News Service.
„We’ve been working to reduce the issue of spam for quite some time,“ an Apple spokeswoman told Reuters in an email.
She declined to comment on the China News Service report that it was working with the country’s telecom firms.
Chinese iPhone users [...]