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Tim Cook speaks out against claims of factory worker mistreatment

Apple CEO Tim Cook has followed up on the New York Times story about the human cost of manufacturing iPhones, iPads, and Macs in China with an email to Apple internal employee. In short, he takes issue with the Times.

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The human cost of manufacturing the iPhone, iPad, and other electronics in China

The New York Times has an interesting article up about the human cost of manufacturing, particularly the cost of supplying to Apple. It details how suppliers approach Apple and what is required of them to produce their products - such as the cost of parts, salaries, and any other costs associated with producing a finished product.

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iPhone 4S store sales cancelled in Beijing and Shanghai due to crowd trouble

 

Apple has postponed selling the latest iPhone 4S in some stores in mainland China after crowd disturbances spoilt its launch day. The main trouble appeared outside of the Apple Store in Sanlitun Beijing.

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iPhone 4S to hit China, 21 additional countries on January 13

Apple has now confirmed that January 13 is the official date the iPhone 4S will go on sale on in China, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.

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iPhone 4S coming to China by end of January

Fortune is reporting that Apple has completed the required steps necessary to bring the iPhone 4S to the Chinese mainland by January 23rd.

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Foxconn to double size of iPhone factory in China

Foxconn is planning to double the size of their iPhone factory in China at a cost of $1.1 billion dollars, according to Chinese news site China Daily.

The base will be centered on the Foxconn Science Park in Zhengzhou, provincial capital of Henan, increasing its current production lines to 95, said the Henan provincial development and reform commission during a conference. The expansion plan, costing 7 billion yuan ($1.1 billion), is expected to bring $20 billion in sales revenue in 2012, the commission said.

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App Store making big big inroads in China

Market research firm Distimo has issued a new report suggesting the App Store made huge gains in the China market in 2011. According to the report, China held just 18 percent of sales compared to the U.S. market at the beginning of the year, but by November 2011, downloads jumped all the way up to 30 percent. Apple also recently started allowing App Store purchases to be paid in Chinese yuan, which should add an additional boost to sales in the Chinese market as well.

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Fake iPhone ring found to be using actual iPhone components

Police in Shanghai, China have discovered a group of five people assembling and selling fake versions of the iPhone. Those arrested are thought to be part of an organised gang that were buying in parts from Guangdong in southern China and assembling them in rented apartments in Shanghai. Some of the parts being used are even thought to be genuine components used in the assembly of the actual iPhone 4. About 200 fake iPhones were found during the raid on the apartments.

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Chinese authorities discover another 22 fake Apple stores in Kunming

After the discovery of a fake Apple Store in the Chinese city of Kunming last month, Chinese authorities have now discovered that there are a total of 22 unauthorized Apple retailers operating in the same area.

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How to smuggle iPhone, iPad back into China if all you have are crossbows and cables

Dayliss and YCWB report that McGyver-like Chinese smugglers have taken to using ingenious cable and pulley systems, launched from home-spun crossbows and catapults, to smuggle iPhones and iPads back into China. M.I.C. Gadget sums up:

The iPad and iPhones were transported over a small river that separates the booming city of Shenzhen from the rural northern part of Hong Kong using an elaborate pulley system. The cable was shot across the border using a crossbow and the Apple products were flying across at night, which store in black nylon bags. The cable was suspended to a high-rise building in the Chinese border town of Shenzhen, and goods were moved several hundred meters from a small village house located in Hong Kong

No word on whether or no Jackie Chan or Chris Tucker were instrumental in helping Chinese and Hong Kong customs crack the smuggling ring, but we have our suspicions!

[Dayliss and YCWB via M.I.C. Gadget]

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