Tim Cook shakes hands with the Chinese VP en route to the Foxconn facilities

Tim Cook shakes hands with the Chinese VP en route to the Foxconn facilities
Apple's CEO Tim Cook decided to take the plane and do what he does best, i.e. talk logistics with the Chinese carriers and straighten up the supply chain.

Apple is still not selling the iPhone 4S and the new iPad in its stores after an inventory kerfuffle angered the hundreds waiting in vain outside, who started egging the premises.

Allegedly Tim Cook has arranged a sitdown to talk shop with the carriers, regulatory agencies and so on government red tape, as well as get first-hand impressions about the conditions in the Foxconn plants where Apple's gadgets are made.

China is well on its way to become one of the most important gadget markets, and one that is very brand-conscious at that, with the newly rich carrying prestige items first and foremost, so Apple realizes the huge potential for growth.

Tim Cook at the iPhone production line in the Foxconn plants

Tim Cook at the iPhone production line in the Foxconn plants


Tim Cook was photographed by the Chinese news agency Xinhua to shake hands with the Vice Premier Li Keqiang during his visit. Possible topics of conversation during Apple's CEO China visit included also IP rights, eventual settlements with Proview over using the iPad name in China, and integration of the Baidu search engine in the localized iPhones and iPads.

source: Bloomberg

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9 Comments

1. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

acting happy !

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Stop giving us the fake happy pictures and please someone sneak in there with hidden camera and report the real deal.

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

What real deal do you want reported?

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the actual working conditions that have been reported on so many times. this is another PR move by Cook to try to quell the growing discontent about the way Apple makes its products and the horrid working conditions at the plants. If he was interested in making real changes, there would be less "happy worker" pictures, and more speeches... or actions.. to rally change for the chinese slave workforce.

7. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I can imagine the whole behind the scenes pictures and video where they act happy for the picture but after wards it's like spitting out a crappy burger and Tim needs to wash the taste out of his mouth with a cig and a few cuss words. And then the employee's go back to the ol (my life sucks) way.

5. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

That one worker is looking at the other worker and saying "you better smile or i'll work you to death" Tim Cook better look happy or they will all lose .50 cents in wages and no rations for a month. Tim Cook arrives, the supervisor gives a quick speech to the factory workers about making sure they're smiling during his visit or there will be some severe consequences. I agree with jaytai0106. Someone needs to sneak in there with a camera and video what's "really" going on there. I'm sure Tim Cook's visit was no surprise and they knew when he was arriving, so they were prepared.

6. troybuilt

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

That first picture of Tim Cook holding his hand up he's saying "that better be an Apple phone you're taking my picture with" Then whispers to the worker on his left saying "Do you have everyone smiling?" The worker says "yes, I do". Tim says "they better be, this better look good. I'm tired of hearing about this factory."

8. Bigbluetundra

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

The woman photobombing the middle of the lower picture is like, "Who ARE these people?" It's probably the first time any of them have stepped off the golf course to even walk through the place...

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I don't think APPLE even cares or knows every time they visit FOXXCONN it's like they show them around and saying everything is ok. when they leave China FOXXCON make the poor workers work too damn hard and working overtime. N still hire underage civilians. I think Apple should stop making things in CHINA and bring jobs back here to the STATES.

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