According to analysts, the Chinese smartphone market could fall in the second quarter as China is experiencing a resurgence in the Covid case. But Apple continues to attract high-end users on the market, so Apple could do pretty well, analysts said.
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Much of the interest of Chinese consumers is focused on Apple, Google, Microsoft And other tech giants moved swiftly to curb Russian business after the president Vladimir Putin The company invaded Ukraine on February 24th. The company has suspended limited services such as product sales and exports and Apple Pay, and has removed Russian state media outlets RT News and Sputnik News from Apple Stores outside Russia.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its global response have been carefully watched in Asia, where there has been a long-standing tension between China and China. Taiwan’s autonomous island, Beijing claims as its territory.Chinese leader Xi Jinping The Taiwanese government said there were no signs of an imminent attack, but said that “unification” with Taiwan was inevitable and did not rule out the use of force to achieve it.
Chinese officials have refused to compare Taiwan and Ukraine, saying that Ukraine is the only independent country.But some online commenters in China where social media exists Dominated by nationalist and pro-Russian sentimentCriticized Apple’s actions in Russia, saying China needs to prepare for similar tactics.
“If one day China finally decides to release Taiwan, who can guarantee that our own iPhone will not be deactivated?” One user on a Chinese social media platform similar to Quora. I asked about a Zhihu.
Experts say Apple will be difficult to leave China, which is an important manufacturing center for the company and the third market after the United States and Europe.
“This is a very different story from what is happening in Russia,” said Kendra Schaefer, head of technical research at Trivium, a Beijing-based policy research team.
Schaefer pointed out that Chinese regulations require Apple and other companies to store information about Chinese customers on domestic servers.
“The question is, does withdrawing from China mean that Apple not only loses customers, but also loses all customer data altogether?” She said.