Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Visit to China Coincides With Chinese Spy Chip Story
Tim Cook has posted some photos on his Weibo account. He notes that the city changes every time he visits.
He visited one of Shanghai’s Apple Stores, and showed off the ability to use the Apple Watch to pay for public transit in the city.
I just experienced the Shanghai ferry with my own Apple Watch transportation card.
Cook also visited a Yoga studio to see members using their Apple Watch to measure workouts, and congratulated photographers ChenMan and Bigshot on their work shot on the iPhone XS Max.
The spy chip story isn’t the only controversy surrounding Apple and China at present. The company largely escaped tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, something Cook was later asked to justify.
I don’t want to speak for [the Trump administration], but I think they’ve looked at this and said that it’s not really great for the United States to put a tariff on those type of products.
Cook often has to walk a delicate line between maintaining good relationships with China and addressing controversies such as the move to store iCloud data locally for Chinese users. This was done in partnership with a Chinese company owned by the local government, raising concerns about privacy and the safety of those critical of China’s government. He last week spoke about this to Vice.
It’s not easy for anybody to get it. I mean it’s encrypted like it is everywhere. And so no, I wouldn’t I wouldn’t get caught up in the, ‘Where’s the location of it?’ I mean, we have servers located in many different countries in the world. They are not easier to get data from being in one country versus the next.
If you lock your phone in China, I can’t open it. The thing about China that people have confused is that certain countries, China being one, have a requirement that data from local citizens have to be kept in China. We worked with a Chinese company to provide iCloud. But the keys are ours.
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