China takes revenge on iPhone? Apple may lose in Huawei War

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1Apple may lose in Huawei War

The veto of Google to Huawei , followed by new slamming of other US companies, such as Intel or Qualcomm, has tightened the rope in the technology industry . The inclusion of Huawei in the blacklist of United States prevents the companies of this country to sell hardware and software to the Chinese firm. The consequences can not be foreseen in the long term. But Beijing is expected to retaliate.

The trade war waged by both countries has been an intermittent give-and-take over the past year. Donald Trump has raised the tone of the confrontation again and it is expected that the Chinese Government will do the same. Could your next move aim at the iPhone? In China Huawei is a company that contributes internationally to the country’s brand. The same as Apple for the United States, so it would not be unreasonable for the Chinese executive to seek retribution on Apple’s smartphone. Read about Facebook Scandal here.

What does China’s iPhone have?

In an exercise of political fiction, in which the Chinese government prevented the national companies from doing business with Apple, the manufacture of the iPhone would be seriously affected. The US multinational publishes a list detailing the suppliers it works with, more than 200, from 43 different countries .

Within this list there are a lot of Chinese companies and also many Taiwanese, who have forged their business by raising factories in special economic zones, created by Deng Xiaoping in the eighties. Although Apple does not reveal which work on the iPhone or what specific components contribute.

IPhone store in Beijing.
IPhone store in Beijing. MARK SCHIEFELBEIN AP

One of the firms that provides the batteries of the iPhone is Sunwoda Electronic, based in Shenzhen, although Samsung also provides this component. BYD Electronic, a subsidiary of Chinese carmaker BYD, produces parts for mobile phones and is among the companies that serve Apple.

Little known names such as AAC Technologies (manufacturer of receivers, miniaturized speaker modules, microphones), Cathay Tat Ming Precision Metal Products (metal production), Chengdu Homin Technology (battery contact parts, protection element) or China Circuit Technology (circuitry) are other examples of Chinese companies that serve Apple.

Many iPhones of Taiwanese companies, which manufacture in China and could be subject to restrictions by Beijing, also work on the iPhone. The A-series chips are designed by Apple, but are produced by TSMC, the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer. Its factories are in China and in Taiwan. The iPhone is assembled by Foxconn, strongly implanted in the Asian giant. Apple works with another Taiwanese company, Pegatron, which in the wake of the trade war has moved some of its factories to Indonesia.

As for software , in the United States and Europe, hardly any Chinese applications are used in the terminals of the Cupertino company. Only some are popular among users, such as AliExpress (Chinese giant Alibaba) or TikTok, the social network of music videos that rages among the youngest (belonging to ByteDance, a Chinese Internet company).

But China could cut it off if it wanted to. If Trump has prevented the sale of Huawei devices in the United States, Xi Jinping could do the same with the Iphones. Only Huawei is not present in the American market. Apple, however, obtained in 2018 more than 15% of its turnover in the Asian giant. It would not be crazy either. Do not forget that Google, Facebook or Amazon are banned in the Asian country. Apple is, in fact, an exception to the rule.

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