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Tim Cook and China Mobile meeting to discuss 'matters of cooperation'

As speculated just yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly held meetings with the head of the worlds largest carrier, China Mobile. China is a huge market for Apple despite declining sales, but as yet China Mobile customers do not have any direct route to the iPhone via the carrier. According to Reuters, this was definitely a matter on the table:

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Tim Cook reportedly visited China to talk iPhone with the carriers

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly made another visit to China, with iPhone the topic of conversation with the nations carriers. Cook's third known trip to China has reportedly taken him to see China Telecom, China Unicom, and perhaps even the worlds largest carrier, China Mobile. From iFeng.com (translated):

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Apple: We'll investigate Pegatron labor abuse allegations

China Labor Watch alleges that Pegatron, a Chinese electronics manufacturer whose lengthy client list includes Apple, has been abusing its employees with poor working and living conditions. Predictably, the mainstream and tech media alike has linked these allegations to Apple. Now Apple has responded with a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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iPad sales in China and Japan more than doubled since last year

In today's conference call after the Q2 2013 fiscal results, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealed that Apple products are selling like gangbusters in East Asia. In China and Japan both, iPad sales more than doubled this quarter from the quarter the year prior. In China specifically, iPad sales were up 138% from last year.

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Apple’s challenges in China, and what investors need to know

In the not-so-distant past, Tim Cook has been quoted as saying he expects China to emerge as the company’s largest source of revenue. Back in January, we discussed this growth in China, along with Asymco.com’s estimate that China would overtake US sales at Apple by 2016.

Has anything changed?

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Apple praised by Chinese media after apology over warranty policy

Following Tim Cook’s apology yesterday, the state-controlled media in China has begun to praise Apple after a constant barrage of negative stories over the past couple of weeks. Apple’s apology and policy change were inevitable, as the company was an underdog against the Chinese state media machine. At least according to Reuters:

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Chinese propaganda campaign could sap $13 billion in sales from Apple

The long-term results the three-week-old Chinese state-driven propaganda assaults on Apple haven't yet surfaced, but it's clear from CEO's Tim Cook's recent apology for alleged warranty inconsistencies. But looking at past examples of hostile media campaigns orchestrated by the Chinese government, Citigroup analyst Glen Yeung believes Apple could face lost sales up to $13 billion in China.

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Tim Cook announces changes to Apple's Chinese warranty policy

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced changes to Apple’s warranty policy in China, along with apologizing to Chinese customers for any confusion with the original policy. In a letter on Apple’s Chinese website, Cook announced that going forward, Apple would provide more warranty information and train staff members based in China better.

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Apple sued by Chinese animation studio over pirated materials in apps

Apple is being sued by a state-run animation studio in China over apps that contain unlicensed material from the studio. Shanghai Animation Film Studio is seeking total damages of 3.3 million yuan, or $530,000.

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Tim Cook reportedly uses Town Hall meeting to address Android, Wall Street, and more

CEO Tim Cook reportedly held an all-hands Town Hall meeting last week to address the state of the Apple with employees. Subjects covered were said to include employee perks, production from supply chain to sales, the retail stores, the competitive landscape with Google's Android, and opportunities in China. 9to5Mac's ace reported, Mark Gurman, has a full rundown. Here's a highlight from the competitive part:

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