Apple to close its stores and offices in Mainland China through February 9

As the Coronavirus continues to spread, more offices and factories are closing down until things are under control. Just a few days ago, Xiaomi announced all its offline stores across China will be closed. Now, it has been reported that Apple will be closing its stores and offices across Mainland China too.

The tech giant released a statement announcing that it will be shutting down work and business at its offices and stores through February 9. Apple has a total of 42 stores across China but its online store will be up and running, so buyers can purchase from there.

“Out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts, we’re closing all our corporate offices, stores and contact centers in mainland China through February 9”

– Apple’s statement to CNN BUsiness

Apple says it has been conducting checks on its store employees and carrying out deep cleaning too.

The impact of the virus outbreak on the mobile industry is still considered small but t..

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Apple is closing all stores and offices in China through February 9

OnePlus 7T review Apple has issued a brief statement announcing it will be closing all its physical stores, corporate offices and contact centers in Mainland China through the end of next week (February 9). Motivated by 'an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts', the move aims to limit the exposure of company employees to the coronavirus outbreak that's been increasingly troubling China and the world for the past two months.
The Apple online store in China, on the other hand, remains open.
It was previously reported that the coronavirus situation may disrupt the production of the rumored upcoming iPhone 9, as well as the latest AirPods. Key Apple partner Foxconn later denied those rumors, assuring that they will 'continue to meet all global manufacturing obligations'.
The iPhone 9, meanwhile, has gone into trial production, industry insiders have stated. Market launch is rumored to be scheduled fo..

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Moto G8 Stylus appears in live images, specifications leaked as well

We have new leaked images of Motorola’s upcoming Stylus smartphone. Tipsters are dubbing it the Moto G8 Stylus and it packs triple rear cameras and a laser autofocus module. The main sensor will ap..

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Report: Apple begins trial production of iPhone 9

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro/Mi 9T Pro review Apple just reported strong iPhone sales for the last quarter of 2019 and even with all that success, there are Apple users who would still love to have a smaller iPhone with a home button. Rumors of a successor to the iPhone SE have been going on for years, but this year’s rumors about a possible iPhone 9 (with the design of the iPhone 6, 7, and 8) have been abundant.
Today’s report from My Drivers cited Chinese industry sources who claim the iPhone SE 2 is already under trial production. They also claim that the new device will be called the iPhone 9 and it is said to launch sometime in March. The industry supply chain also suggested the total order volume would exceed 30 million units.

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The report also suggests that Apple would begin mass production of the iPhone 9 sometime in mid-February. The iPhone 9 would appeal to emerging markets and may sell for under CNY 3,000 (~$432). This would be a..

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Huawei surpasses Apple in entire 2019 shipment ranking; Xiaomi, OPPO make top 5

Three of the major market research firms Counterpoint, Canalys and Strategy Analytics (SA) have all published their report showing the shipping estimates of the major smartphone companies. The data all seem to correspond with each other and shows Samsung retained its position as the number one brand in terms of smartphone shipment for the whole of 2019.

Huawei maintained its 2018 record by staying ahead of Apple to become the world’s second best selling smartphone manufacturer in 2019. This is especially surprising considering that the brand has been grappling with an obnoxious ban by the US government hinged on security concerns. Huawei shipped an estimated 240 million mobile phones, a tad higher than its entire shipment in 2018. On the other hand, Apple managed to corner 200 million units, representing a slight drop in shipment.

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It seems that Apple will have to include USB-C ports in their future devices

The European Parliament wanted to decide whether or not to establish common charging standards for mobile devices. They took a vote, and a new law would force every company to use a standard charger for all mobile device makers in Europe. This could mean that Apple may now be forced to transition from Lightning to USB-C in its future devices.

“Members of the European Parliament voted by 582-40 for a resolution urging the European Commission, which drafts EU laws, to ensure that EU consumers are no longer obliged to buy new chargers with each new device.

The resolution said voluntary agreements in the industry had significantly reduced the number of charger types but had not resulted in one common standard.”

These new laws could be adopted by July, and the man reason for this new resolution is that’s “an urgent need for EU regulatory action to reduce electronic waste, empower consumers to make sustainable choices, and allow them to fully participate in an efficient and well-functioni..

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