On January 27, Counterpoint Research, a global research firm, released its sales report for China's smartphone market in 2022. The country's smartphone sales declined 14% year-on-year in the previous year and reached their lowest level in a decade.
News that Apple will cut manufacturing orders caused its major Chinese supplier Luxshare Precision's stock price to fall on Wednesday. However, Luxshare clarified the situation in its latest announcement on Thursday morning.
Apple announced the launch of a "New Year's Promotion" in China on December 27. However, some Chinese web users commented that Apple is only clearing out inventory via the New Year's promotion event.
GNDC, Apple's largest foundry in Shanghai, suspended recruitment of new employees in October, resulting in many factories and production lines standing idle. Luxshare Precision, an Apple supplier in Shenzhen, was reported to be in negotiations regarding the takeover of certain factories.
The Zhengzhou plant of Foxconn in Henan Province, China, was recently affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some local governments have been asked to get involved and take the lead in supporting work at Foxconn for a period ranging from 1 to 6 months.
At the Golden Rooster Awards ceremony, Jacky Wu, a Chinese actor, director and spokesperson of smartphone maker ZTE, took a photo with Apple's iPhone, which triggered online discussions about whether the action violated the actor's endorsement contract.
Apple supplier GoerTek lost an order to produce the AirPods Pro 2 last week. Many analysts believed that the order would be transferred to Luxshare Precision. On November 13, the company launched a 2022 stock option incentive plan to boost its share price.
OFilm, AAC Technologies, Lens Technology, Compal, GoerTek, and others, have made great achievements because they entered Apple's supply chain. However, once out of the chain, enterprises are often abandoned by the stock market.
GoerTek, a China-based Apple supplier, has lost a major order to produce AirPods Pro 2. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, wrote on November 9 that this development is most likely due to production issues rather than demand issues.
Chinese acoustic components manufacturer GoerTek received a notice from a major overseas customer to suspend the production of one of its smart acoustic complete products. It is rumored that the order that GoerTek lost is Apple's headphone order.
Foxconn, Apple's largest iPhone foundry, said on November 7 that it is working hard to resume full production at its Zhengzhou factory as soon as possible, and lowered its fourth-quarter performance forecast.
Crowds of Foxconn employees walked along the highway to their hometowns due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the world's largest iPhone manufacturing facility in Zhengzhou. This factory is currently the leading source of employment in the central Chinese city of over 10 million people.
AutoNavi, a digital map and navigation service provider backed by Alibaba, announced on October 21 that it was the first one in China to adapt to Apple iPhone14 Pro and iPhone14 Pro Max's Dynamic Island feature.
Augmented reality device startup Thunderbird Innovation on October 20 released a new generation of XR glasses called the Thunderbird Air 1S, priced at 2,499 yuan ($344) and capable of covering many scenarios.
A first instance judgment on a dispute between a Chinese citizen and Apple China over the cancellation of an online sales contract was disclosed on September 29.
The batteries produced by BYD in Shanghai are reportedly supplied to 3C (computer, communication and consumer electronics) products and the upgrade of the production line are mainly changes in technology in order to supply Apple.
With its high price of 6,999 yuan ($974), and no major updates from the previous generation in terms of configuration and appearance, the iPhone 14 Plus has set records for the fastest price reductions in China, arousing lively discussion.
The rollout of Apple's latest smartphone series offers a glimpse into the iPhone's evolving relationship with Chinese tech and consumers.
OFilm, a former Apple supplier and a manufacturer of camera modules, released a notice stating that Cai Gaoxiao, director and deputy general manager of the company, has resigned and is under residential surveillance by public security authorities.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer realme has asked its users around the world to share opinions and suggestions on whether the firm should adopt a design similar to Apple's new "Dynamic Island" feature on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.