Red or dead: Smashing iPhones becomes a thing for Chinese patriots over South China Sea ruling

The foregone conclusion that was the ruling of an international tribunal in The Hague in favor of the Philippines in a maritime dispute with China led to a foregone rage among the more patriotic Chinese. According to the court, China has no legal basis to claim historic ownership on a pretty big chunk of the South China Sea.

While the decision was pretty much expected given the US leaning on the side of the Philippines, China is not taking it lightheartedly. To protest against this ruling that basically says how all these artificial islands China built in the sea are illegal, a number of patriots took to their hearts to defend the motherland by... smashing iPhones and shunning KFC.

As if it wasn't enough for Apple to have regular run-ins with mostly fabricated accusations from Chinese patent and other authorities, it now has to deal with videos like this one where locals are bashing on iPhones to exert their patriotic responsibility. The company was also ordered to shut down its iBooks and iTunes Movies services there, lost the rights to the iPhone trademark, and now faces a ban on sales of the iPhone 6 in Beijing due to alleged infringement over the design of a $100 Android shtick dubbed Baili 100C. Fun times, but we bet Apple is not laughing much, as China is a the other most important market for them, while game revenue from there just surpassed that from the US for the first time.

source: USAToday & NextShark



1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Boycott Apple and I proud of doing so since.

2. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Shut up loser, you didn't "Boycott Apple", you just can't afford any of their products, and have to justify yourself. Gee I know, from now on I "Boycott Lamborghini". Yep, that's why I don't drive one!!

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

That doesn't even make sense. Other high end phones cost about the same as the IPhone, but labroghini way out prices many other luxury brands. It's just the sheep paying more for less.

16. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Think before you say someone else's reply doesn't make sense. Lamborghini doesn't operate in a vacuum, some models from Mercedes Benz, heck even the new Acura NSX, so on and so on, are encroaching on or have surpassed the price of some Lamborghinis.

84. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

So, your point?

96. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Such hypocrite, if you want to boycott apple then boycott all foreign company whose labor is in China. Thanks to them the economy of China is doing good. What if the whole world decides not to put the labor in China, I bet you won't survive a year. China is not Britain who can survive without the help of Europe. 1 last thing you disrespect all other countries in Asia. Can't wait to see that all Asian countries unite against China.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That has got to be the most stupid thing I've ever heard. Boycotting something because you can't afford it? What country do you live in? You can't possibly live in the USA. Here is a fact for you. Anyone in the USA with a job, even making minimum wage can afford an iPhone. FYI - 95.3% of the country right now is working. Oh and the other 4.7%? Many of them include criminals who can't even get a job and guess what, I see many of them with iPhones. You are a stupid hateful person!. These are just phones stupid. Do you think you are elite because you can afford an iPhone? Well guess what, you are not unique. Lot's of people have iPhone. Oh and when you compare facts, the US is still Apple largest selling market for the iPhone. So when you make a stupid ignorant claim about someone can't afford something, I think YOU can't afford it. Why don't you tell mommy and daddy to quit support your iPhone purchase habit and lets see if you can afford one. Oh and before you claim I can't afford this and weep...

33. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Yep loser, now I know you can't afford what you claim. A pic of a credit card??? Wow I'm soooooo impressed, that's such an indicator of your vast wealth.

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes. It an AMEX. Broke poor people don't get AMEX's. And since I have a $50,000 limit which I pay off in full per month, I would say its a pretty good indicator of my wealth. I can't afford what? I can afford to buy more phones than you can. I can afford to swipe the full price of a Lexus. I can even pay the full cost of a small house with just one swipe. In order to get an AMEX you would have to have significant credit worthiness. Even for the Blue. Oh and FYI. I have a AMEX Gold as well. $100,000 credit line. Paid in full every month. lol I'm not wealthy. But I bet I have wayyyyyy more money than you and you mommy and daddy combined! Oh and I use Android. Must be a good indicator that I so can't afford an iPhone. My Note 5 cost more than the iPhone. You're just butthurt because I proved your BS is just that. Take your trolling butt back in the basement and cry me a river. Oh and the fool who thumb you up, is as ignorant as you are.

86. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Come on dude, it's not that difficult to afford iPhones..

52. htcisthebest

Posts: 439; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

An entry-level iphone costs $649 + tax, which is not that much. There are also financing options/installment plans available. Saying someone can't afford the iphone is pure stupidity and ignorance.

55. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep. Because he is stupid and ignorant. Unless you live in an Asia or India, I would think many even in Europe can afford an iPhone with no problem. After all Apple's own iPhone marketshare numbers tell you which markets have the highest sales, which means more people can afford them. North America and Europe top the charts year after year. Apple has 40% of the US market. We have a population of 350M in the USA alone. Not even counting Canada and Mexico. Almost 1/2 the population owns some type of iOS device. 140M people in the USA have an iOS device. The iPhone is a commodity. Everyone has one!

72. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Hey at least they are at least providing a roof over his head. I don't see why anyone else here will be surprised given his post history. Btw, sure boycott a phone. How about boycott all your children who you move to the west? If you didn't think they did better you wouldn't be buying their property and educating your children there.

99. idroidsht

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Just like the marketshare of android, 90% of visitors here are androidsheeps aka people from third worls countries with no disposable in come to buy an iPhone. They will buy a sub-$300 android and browse the internet and comment online, posing as the biggest tech prophets ever. Oh they will pose as Billionaires with comments like "I have boycott Lamborghini since many years as they dont have many features". Shish..awkward to read their comments.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the whole article and your comment just doesnt make sense the only relevant thing around here is your profile picture.. :-|

42. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

You eat other countries territory...

45. Khmer-Geek unregistered

we cambodians support china on south china sea issue china has strong ability in history so its clear that south china sea is belong to china poor vietnam can only kiss america asss and bark. we want to see china nuke that s**thole vietnam n problem solve teach them a lesson, china. go go china!!!

62. peter2-1

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 20, 2016

Definitely a Chinese Gov Troll

68. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Last time Shinkansen is from Japan, not China.

75. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

"china has strong ability in history so its clear that south china sea is belong to china" Where is the clear there?

77. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Boycotting Apple is the best way, so that Tim cook will hire a lobbyist and tell Clinton to stop interfering South China sea.

81. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You're just angry because you cannot just simply bully a small country like Philippines.

85. insanity99

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Even if US did not interfere, there are others that will due to arbitrational law. Lots of countries are against of what your country is doing you know.

98. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's right, Smash your iPhones! Then go buy an Android device and support another American behemoth. It's a shame that China can't design it's own OS, they have to resort to relying on Apple, Google, or Microsoft products. American ingenuity will always outmatch the Chinese. The only thing your nation has over ours is it's lack of interest in the well being of its own citizens. If the air over there doesn't kill you, working in deplorable conditions for unacceptably long hours for next to nothing will sure to drive you to putting yourself out of your own misery.

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I get the part about being angry at the ruling, but why smash I phones? Seriously, what is the point?

8. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

No reason to be angry about the ruling. It was a fair ruling. Can see why you would want to smash iPhones though

10. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Oh, I agree with the ruling. But I do get that people in China would be upset about it. Still don't get what smashing IPhones has to do with it though.

63. peter2-1

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 20, 2016

why the Chinese Gov's angry? It's a legit ruling. China went out and claim land thousand and thousand of miles from their shore. Go figure...

5. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Good for the Chinese!!!!!

18. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Thank you :)

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