Tim Cook visits China to sort a number of problems out
Apparently, securing its foothold in China is of primary importance for Apple nowadays, and that shouldn't really be much of a surprise, considering that not only is it Cupertino's second-biggest market, but it's also Cupertino's fastest-growing market. China spokesperson for Apple, Carolyn Wu, has confirmed that the CEO is there in order to meet a number of government officials in his quest to improve Apple's performance there. Although the firm has a strong presence on the Chinese market, it's been said that Samsung has been gaining some traction lately, at the expense of Apple.
It's not out of the question that Tim Cook might be having talks with China Mobile - the only Chinese carrier that's not carrying the iPhone yet. If both companies somehow manage to come to a deal regarding the iPhone, this might represent a huge boost for Apple sales in the country (and as a whole), considering the fact that China Mobile is the largest mobile carrier in the world.
As we mentioned earlier, part of the reason for Cook's visit might be the recent legal issue with Proview - a relatively small tech company that claims to have registered the iPad name in the country. Although some sources familiar with the matter have claimed that the official doesn't have any scheduled meetings with Proview representatives, he may still be looking for ways to deal with the issue, as Apple has yet to launch its latest iPad in China.
Last, but not least, CEO Tim Cook may also be taking part in the process of reviewing labor standards at Foxconn. The issue has gotten extreme media attention lately, citing poor working conditions, insufficient wages, and overly monotonous lifestyle for all the employees working at Foxconn's plants. Keeping in mind that Cook was one of the main figures behind the establishment of Apple's efficient supply chain, he might very well be the right man to take care of these kind of problems.
1. android_hitman (unregistered)
was he flying on a private jet?
2. andro. (Posts: 1990; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
He should try the anti suicide netting systems in foxconn factories for himself and see are they efficient enough. After all if apple up their game in chinas markets than the foxconn death factories Will be switched to overload
4. Ray.S (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
You don't think that other companies aren't using the benefits of cheap labor, do you?
5. andro. (Posts: 1990; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Of course they are but not to the extent of mass suicides which occur at the apple factories.
6. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
foxcon workers that make the ipad get paid about 0.60 cents an hour. Foxconn workers that make the xbox get paid about 1.50 an hour. working conditions at all foxconn factories suck. Apple has the magic combination of lowest wages of the group, longest forced working hours, and exploding factories because they dont have ANY ventilation.
Tim Cook was in charge of setting up the supply chain. He is RESPONSIBLE for foxconn. Unless he is bowing to extreme pressure (which i doubt) the situation at foxconn will not change much.
11. -box- (Posts: 3978; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
@Remixfa, is it 0.60 cents per hour as you stated, or 0.60 dollars, as in 60 cents? Just clarifying, I know you're the king of stats/facts
7. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
Tim Cook visits China to sort a number of problems out. I love this title. Just as he gets there a girl in China won a $10k iTunes Shopping Spree. Apple paid it off and now everything is right in the world. Apple's brainwashing techniques continue. During Tim's trip and the cost, the workers at Foxconn lost .10 an hour in their wages. Good Job Tim Cook. I think you'll do better as a chef.
8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7043; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I don't think stopping by is going to help. the moment the CEO leaves FOXCONN rush people into doing over time while more of these innocent workers kill themselves making these apple products
10. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
LOL! That's true. I think as soon as the Chef leaves they break out the whips and chains and yelling "get those iPads made". Well, they'll say it in chinese, but you get the point.
9. NOKIA.8800.ARTE (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
APPLE THE STINGIEST COMPANY IN THE WORLD