Tag Archive: Chinese


Apple’s Supply Chain and Chinese Customs Taxes Killing iPad Reselling Market

Picture of an iPad reseller in Hong Kong during the iPad 2 launch. Prices for the 16GB Wi-Fi model reached $ 1025, while the 64GB 3G reached prices as high as $ 1525 in resale markets. Turns out the Apple iDevice resale market is drying up. The hustle is simple. Resellers buy as many iDevices as they can on launch day in an attempt to capitalize on the high demand and low supply of the  [Read More…]

Apple Needs To Think Different About Chinese Workers, Say Protesters

The Raging Grannies at the Palo Alto Apple store.

Apple fans and journalists asking them why they stood in line overnight weren’t the only ones outside retail stores for the debut of the latest iPad. Consumer groups protesting labor conditions at the factories in China where those shiny new tablets were made were also out making their voices heard.

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Were Workers Forced To Violate Chinese Labor Laws To Make The New iPad? [Interview]

Watchdog group SumOfUs has launched a new petition asking Apple to prove that workers at Foxconn factories in China weren’t subject to illegal overtime to make the iPad 3. Specifically, they’re looking for Apple to turn over individual worker hours from November 2011-February 2012 to prove they’re not violating China’s labor laws which prohibit more than 36 hours of overtime per month. Cult of Mac talked to SumOfUs founder Taren  [Read More…]

Chinese Higher Court Hears Apple’s iPad Trademark Appeal

Apple continued its battle against Proview this morning in the Higher People’s Court of Guangzhou. The Higher Court is hearing Apple’s appeal to a lower courts decision that awarded Proview rights to the iPad moniker and a sales ban on the iPad in 30 Chinese cities. Proview is arguing Apple purchased the rights to the iPad name from a Taiwanese subsidiary of Proview that did not have the rights to make such a deal. Proview  [Read More…]

Watch Nightline’s “Inside Apple’s Chinese Foxconn Factories” [Video]

Apple products built in a Foxconn Factory If you found the recent New York Times pieces on the making of Apple products to be interesting and “Mr Daisey and the Apple Factory” to be enlightening, you’ll probably enjoy this ABC Nightline report on Foxconn. ABC’s Nightline was given exclusive access to a Foxconn factory in China that assembles Apple products, providing a fascinating look at how Apple gear is made. You’ll  [Read More…]

Foxconn Raises Chinese Worker Wages by as much as 25%

After facing criticism for its alliance with its manufacturing partner Foxconn, Apple recently announced that factory workers will be seeing a 16% – 25% increase in wages. According to Reuters, the pay of a junior-level worker at the Shenzhen plant in China grew from 1,800 yuan per month, and it could continue to go beyond 2,200 yuan if the workers pass a technical examination. When comparing this to what the pay was three years ago  [Read More…]

Apple Woos Chinese Speakers With New Mac Features [OS X Mountain Lion]

Chinese features in Mountain Lion Hey China! Apple loves you. To prove it, there are a whole bunch of China-specific features built into OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.   The new Share Sheets feature (very similar to the Share button you see everywhere on iOS) will support Chinese video sites Youku and Tudou, and China’s biggest search engine Baidu will be one of the supplied options for Safari’s  [Read More…]

Chinese Ban on iPad Almost Impossible, Say Officials

It is becoming increasingly less likely that the Chinese company seeking an import and export ban on the iPad in China isn’t going to see its request met. As MMi previously reported, Proview – which claims to be the rightful owner of the iPad trademark in China – is seeking to have all imports and exports of the Apple tablet banned in the country. But it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, chiefly because  [Read More…]

35,000 Sign Petition Calling For Apple To Stop Worker Abuse In Chinese Factories

It seems that lengthy report looking into the poor working conditions in Chinese factories assembling Apple products is going to haunt the Cupertino company for some time yet. The latest backlash comes from consumer group SumOfUs, which has launched a petition calling for Apple to “stop worker abuse,” with over 35,000 signatures collected in just 24 hours. It all started with a New York Times report that was published on  [Read More…]

Apple Hopes To Combat Chinese Scalpers With New iPhone Lottery System

Following the violence that spoiled Apple’s iPhone 4S launch at a number of retail stores throughout China earlier this month, the Cupertino company has introduced a new iPhone lottery system in Hong Kong that will make it incredibly difficult for scalpers to purchase the device. Those hoping to bag the device in-store must first request an iPhone reservation, then provide government-issued ID when they arrive to collect the handset. The  [Read More…]