The arrested Huawei executive was using Apple products primarily, released documents show

The arrested Huawei executive was using Apple products primarily, released documents show
Huawei is no stranger to PR blunders and it seems that they always involve Apple in some way. First, Huawei’s brand ambassador, the actress Gal Gadot, was caught praising her phone from Twitter for iPhone. Then, tweets on the company’s official account showed up, posted from iPhone again, which resulted in employees from Huawei’s marketing department being demoted. It seems that the integration of Apple products is reaching the very top of Huawei’s hierarchy.

Late last year, Canadian authorities arrested Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver, over charges pressed against her in the US. Just recently, a list of the items that were seized by the police was posted on Twitter by @theBreaker.news and it shows what devices the Huawei executive was using on a daily basis at the time of the arrest. You probably know where this is going, but let’s take a look at the list anyway:


There were three Apple products in possession of the CFO: a MacBook Air, an iPad Pro and an iPhone 7 Plus. Meanwhile, only a single Huawei device appears on the list, the special edition Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design. If you’re only familiar with Huawei’s product lineup, the company is making not only smartphones but also tablets under the MediaPad line and laptops called MateBook (note the name similarities between the competing products). Despite that, it seems the executive is more comfortable using hardware made by Apple.

Granted, the iPhone being a 7 Plus indicates that the Mate 20 was Mrs. Wanzhou’s daily driver and the iPhone was just used for its convenient connection with the other Apple products. Others might see it as a 2016 iPhone being comparable to a 2018 Huawei smartphone. And if we have to go all tinfoil hat over this, we should remind you that Huawei’s troubles with the US Government are mainly because of spying allegations. One could assume then that the CFO is using Apple products to avoid her communications being sent to the Chinese Government. Those are just speculations, of course, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever find out the real reasoning behind her choice of gadgets.

It should be noted that while Huawei does have similar devices to the Apple ones hardware-wise, it can’t replicate the same software experience. Apple has total control over its iOS and MacOS while Huawei has to work with what Google and Microsoft have to offer, which limits flexibility when it comes to software.

This justifies the choice to some extent, plus Huawei wasn’t planning on having its CFO arrested and its personal devices revealed to everyone. Still, we’re sure this information will be used as ammo in plenty of Apple vs Android arguments. Just what we needed...

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24 Comments

1. Guseinguliev

Posts: 122; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

they themselves know what, their products are s**t.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6860; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Now...the question is will apple help authorities open up her iPhone etc?

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I’ll microwave some fresh popcorn while waiting for the incoming barrage from the SDF/ADF.

3. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Huawei and Samsung love apple *_____*

6. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Forgot the Xiaomi

8. Vogue1985

Posts: 488; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Xiaomi is worse

4. Truthalltime

Posts: 40; Member since: Dec 08, 2018

Click bait.

7. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

business as usual on this site...

10. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

This has been a news everywhere, I dunno why PhoneArena just posted this now. It saddens the heart of android users especially Samsung fans.

11. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

how so?...don't understand what is your point?

5. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

No surprise, chinese phones have always been iphones copies. Even so,e brands have iOS copycat UI. Mate series has always been very good looking, then they decide to go ugly notch. Worse choice Apple has ever made.

9. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

The biggest question is why there’s no Samsung? I’m pretty sure even Samsung executives uses apple products.

24. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lmfao. Your obsession with Samsung is too much.

12. Nokfan1603

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Smart companies use their competitors' products in order to get different ideas and to know what the competition is doing. Maybe, if Tim Cook used the Huawei Mate 20 pro or Samsung Galaxy S10 he might finally realize that Apple is now behind the curve and start innovating again.

14. whatev

Posts: 2396; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Not really, this is the same case as those celebrities and influencers hired to use android devices yet they can’t help it and end up using iPhones and apple products as their main devices

15. midan

Posts: 3097; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

She just like Apple products, nothing can beat the effortless use of many Apple devices, that's why she have many Apple devices. How Apple is behind the curve? Every year they have great competitive device in the market.

13. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

This must be opposition research. You make better phones but use a mediocre one?

16. midan

Posts: 3097; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

That just shows that you don't understand the big picture and overall experience.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn Huawei, dude straight slipped on that one lol.

20. Venom

Posts: 3778; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Now they just need to complain about the Intel modems over and over again and the circle will become complete.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I know right. That's what I told the exec, when we were at the strip club last night.

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