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Past articles by Wayne:

AirPods Are a Huge Hit With Consumers—and Counterfeiters

U.S. Customs officials are seizing record numbers of counterfeit wireless headphones amid a surge in the popularity of Apple’s easy-to-copy AirPods. Roughly 360,000 counterfeit wireless headphones with a retail value of $62.2 million were confiscated in the first nine months of the U.S. ... → Read More

Ex-Apple Design Boss Jony Ive Recruited at Least Five Former Colleagues to New Firm

Wan Si, a 16-year veteran of Apple’s famed design team who worked on numerous Apple app icons, buttons and home screens, recently joined the consulting firm founded by Apple’s former design chief Jonathan Ive, The Information has learned. She is one of at least fiveApple design team members Ive ... → Read More

Apple’s Supplier List Shifts Towards China Despite Trade War

Apple has disclosed the list of its top 200 suppliers for the first time in two years, revealing an increased reliance on Chinese companies—even as some of them have expanded production to Vietnam and India to avoid U.S. tariffs and export controls. Meanwhile, the company relied less on ... → Read More

Seven Apple Suppliers Accused of Using Forced Labor From Xinjiang

Advanced-Connectek has made unglamorous but critical computer components for Apple for more than a decade. For two of those years, it operated a factory inside an industrial park on the edge of the deserts of Xinjiang, a region of western China populated by a predominantly Muslim group known as ... → Read More

Apple Hosts Apps Run by China Paramilitary Group Accused of Uyghur Genocide

Apple’s App Store has been distributing more than a dozen apps created by a Chinese organization sanctioned by the U.S. for human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang region, The Information has learned. The apps, which provide news, offer information about government ... → Read More

Apple Forbids Facial Scanning of Employees—But Not Factory Workers

Apple says privacy is a “fundamental human right,” and shielding people’s privacy is the cornerstone of the company’s public relations fight against rivals such as Google and Facebook. But those privacy concerns don’t necessarily apply to the workers who make its products. Apple recently told ... → Read More

Tencent’s Investments Got $120 Billion Boost From 2020 Rally

It’s the kind of track record that would make any Sand Hill Road venture capitalist jealous. Tencent, best known for its WeChat messaging app, is one of the world’s biggest and savviest tech investors, holding stakes in a range of companies including Snap and Meituan. Previously unreported ... → Read More

Inside Apple’s Mad Dash to Avoid Shipping Delays Amid Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused havoc for manufacturers shipping goods around the world. Just ask executives at Apple why they shipped empty cardboard boxes from the U.S. to Asia, the reverse of the usual route. Last February, Apple’s Singapore distribution center ran out of the brown mailing ... → Read More

New Apple Mixed-Reality Headset Details: Swappable Headbands, Eye-Tracking

A mixed-reality headset Apple is developing will be equipped with more than a dozen cameras for tracking hand movements and showing video of the real world to people wearing it, along with ultra-high-resolution 8K displays and advanced technology for eye tracking, according to a person with ... → Read More

Tencent Ramps Up Consumer Lending as Rival Ant Group Struggles

Chinese tech giant Tencent is planning a big new push into consumer lending in China just as its archrival, Alibaba affiliate Ant Group, is reeling from a regulatory crackdown. Tencent, already a force in payments through its hugely popular WeChat messaging app, is working with a consortium of ... → Read More

Apple Turned Blind Eye to Supplier Breaches of Chinese Labor Laws

In 2014, Apple executives became alarmed when China enacted a new labor law meant to protect workers’ rights. The law required that no more than 10% of a factory’s workforce be temporary workers. Typically these employees have fewer benefits and legal protections than permanent ones, but Apple’s ... → Read More

Inside Apple’s Eroding Partnership With Foxconn

When Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro was undergoing production trials at the company’s largest outside manufacturer, Foxconn Technology, the Taiwanese firm gave Apple a list of how many workers it needed to develop the new product. That was standard procedure for Foxconn, whose factories across China have ... → Read More

Apple’s China Loopholes Are Starting to Close —

In 2017, Apple rolled out a flurry of projects executives hoped would endear it to Chinese officials. It announced three new research and development centers in China and ceded control of Chinese user data to a local partner. Soon after, Apple’s newly appointed head of Greater China, Isabel Ge ... → Read More

How Coronavirus Is Affecting Big Tech Firms —

The spread of the coronavirus epidemic may be starting to slow, but its reverberations continue to be felt in various industries. Tech companies taking a hit range from Apple to Airbnb to Alibaba, all of which rely on either China’s production engine or its consumption machine—or both.But the ... → Read More

What Apple Learned From Automation: Humans Are Better —

Eight years ago, Apple executives including CEO Tim Cook attended a meeting in China where they watched a video of an experimental manufacturing line for the iPad operated by robots rather than humans. Cook and the other Apple executives watched as iPad parts traveled along conveyor belts and ... → Read More

Tencent Continues Europe Deal Spree With $260 Million Investment in Czech Game Studio —

Chinese game giant Tencent has bought a stake of between 70% and 80% in Czech Republic–based videogame developer Bohemia Interactive for around $260 million, according to a person familiar with the matter. The investment is the latest in a string of deals Tencent has made in Europe to bolster ... → Read More

Apple to Make New Headphones in Vietnam in Shift From China —

Apple is about to face a big test of its ability to manufacture its devices outside China—by making a brand-new product in Vietnam.Apple has tapped factories in Vietnam to make its own forthcoming over-ear headphones, a new phase in its effort to diversify manufacturing away from China amid ... → Read More

The ‘Old Dogs’ Who Build Apple Products —

Apple can’t get enough of Mike Janicek. The firm needed him so much that he worked at the tech giant three times over four decades. First, in 1984, he worked as a contractor at an Apple keyboard and mouse factory. The second time, between 2002 and 2009, he supervised the manufacturing of ... → Read More

How Apple Is Working From Home —

Normally, Apple’s hardware teams meet in person at the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters to review upcoming products, often bringing key components of their devices to show colleagues.But now that they are sidelined at home due to Covid-19, members of those teams are improvising new ... → Read More

Apple Planning iPad Keyboard with Trackpad —

Apple is planning to release an iPad keyboard accessory later this year that will include a built-in trackpad, the latest step in its effort to position the tablet device as an alternative to laptop computers, according to a person familiar with the matter.Apple is preparing the keyboard for ... → Read More