January 10, 2019

Apple Being Boycotted by China?

There have been several reports percolating about today that indicate Apple is facing a boycott in China.

Note though, that a quick perusal of those links indicate that they're all Apple focused sites. Immediately this will raise suspicion that the Apple cultists are just making excuses for Apple's earnings troubles. (Full disclosure, this blog is typed on an i-Mac)  That's not entirely fair of course and in their defense there was today a major boost in the credibility of the story. 


Furthermore, today, less boutique news sites in the U.S. and abroad are reporting the same thing. That is, there seems to be at least an informal boycott of Apple products in China, and India as well

It's unclear how much of this is due to last months call by Chinese businesses to rally around Huwaei and how much of this is just the realization that Apple products today (in contrast to just a few years ago) tend to have markedly less capability for much more money which probably ought not to count as a boycott. The similar trend in India (Where Huwaei does not enjoy a groundswell of home team support)would tend to indicate that there are deeper problems than the political factors. 
There is more in depth analysis of the situation here, but note that the last time we went with Bloomberg on a tech story we regretted it

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 02:22 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
Post contains 244 words, total size 3 kb.

1 I would not say that Huawei is garbage, but my Huawei MediaPad M3 has a some glaring flaws.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu Jan 10 19:20:30 2019 (LZ7Bg)

2 It's a biased perspective, but the few Chinese-originated tech people I watch on YouTube or follow on Twitter won't go near Apple products...but that's because they're tech people and makers and want to be able to customize, hack, and program their devices.

I would speculate that a certain amount of Apple's success in the mobile market is still centered on brand-alignment, which of course would be much weaker for Apple in China.

Posted by: Ben at Thu Jan 10 20:49:05 2019 (osxtX)

3 I like the M3 hardware a lot.  The software rather less so.  Nova Launcher goes a long way to fixing that, but it would be a far better device with stock Android.

The fingerprint sensor on mine seems to be slowly losing the plot though.  Originally worked perfectly, now it sometimes doesn't want to wake up and I have to (shudder) use the power button instead.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu Jan 10 23:46:49 2019 (PiXy!)

4 My daughter once factory-reset the tablet inadvertently. It uses a fairly standard power button on the edge, the same many phones use. But the tablet is much wider. It is possible to grab either phone or tablet while pressing the power button. However, because the M3 is so much wider than a phone, the palm bends outward and then it touches the middle of the screen... right where the confirmation button appears. Voila!

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Fri Jan 11 01:05:02 2019 (LZ7Bg)

5 Ouch.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Fri Jan 11 10:51:15 2019 (PiXy!)

6 It was better actually. We were flying out to a day trip to the beach. So, when boarding the airplane, I handed her the tablet for a minute. After takeoff, I took it back in order to get the map and it was reset. I pulled out the back-up device, and the Garmin Pilot subscription was expired on it (which I should have checked beforehand). I didn't want to return, but I didn't know where to go either. We landed at the next airport over where I somehow remembered the WiFi password. The Huawei does not come out of reset unless Internet is available, BTW.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Sun Jan 13 23:04:43 2019 (LZ7Bg)

Hide Comments | Add Comment

What colour is a green orange?

32kb generated in CPU 0.05, elapsed 0.2207 seconds.
68 queries taking 0.1888 seconds, 289 records returned.
Powered by Minx 1.1.6c-pink.