In 2015 and 2016, Apple aggressively expanded its retail presence in China with 30 new stores, according to the Apple Storefronts tracker. Since the start of 2017, however, Apple has opened just five new locations in the country.
Apple’s newest store in China in Suzhou The Information’s Wayne Ma has shared a report today that offers explanations for the slowdown, including China’s bureaucratic government, scalpers, previously-reported fraud, and increasing competition from Chinese smartphone makers. The report is based on interviews with 17 former Apple employees.
On government bureaucracy:
Apple had to navigate a maze of government [...]
Within the past four years, Apple has managed to „dramatically reduce“ the rate of iPhone-related repair fraud in its retail stores in China, according to The Information’s Wayne Ma. The report is based on interviews with more than a dozen former Apple employees who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Image: iFixit In 2013, Apple is said to have discovered a highly sophisticated fraud scheme in which organized thieves would buy or steal iPhones, remove valuable components like the processor or logic board, swap in fake components, and return the „broken“ iPhones to receive replacements they could resell.
Thieves would stand outside stores [...]
At its iPhone X event last September, Apple previewed a new wireless charging case for AirPods, for use with its upcoming AirPower charging mat. The new case looks similar to the current version, which charges via Lightning cable, but it has a built-in induction coil that also enables wireless charging.
Conveniently, it appears that the AirPower won’t be the only way to wirelessly charge AirPods placed in the new case.
Chinese publication Chongdiantou, citing unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain, claims that the wireless AirPods case supports the Wireless Power Consortium’s universal Qi standard, implying that it will be compatible with [...]
Apple is widely expected to launch a new mid-range notebook later this year, likely with a 13-inch Retina display and a starting price below $1,000. It’s unclear if it will be branded as a MacBook, MacBook Air, or otherwise, but it’ll be a new lower-cost, lower-spec option below the MacBook Pro.
According to a translated report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, the notebook will be powered by Intel’s eighth-generation Kaby Lake Refresh processors, released in the second half of 2017.
The translated report suggests that Apple’s decision to use the Kaby Lake Refresh processors, manufactured based on a 14nm process, is due to [...]