Chipmaker Qualcomm is suing four Apple suppliers

Apple suppliers vulnerable to US-China trade war

While many politicians and businesses express concerns about the escalating economic tensions between China and the US, Apple suppliers are particularly vulnerable to the effects of a trade war. Apple outsources much of its production to manufacturers based in China, with more than 10 of…

Smartphone brands under pressure as Chinese market matures

Competition in the Chinese smartphone market – the worlds largest – increases amid signs of maturity and declining shipments. China alone accounts for around 30% of global smartphone sales, but for the first time the market shrank in 2017. A trend which is expected to…

Apple’s 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report overlooks Labour Violations

China Labor Watch (CLW) criticise Apple on it’s 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report, sending an email to Apple’s CEO citing evidence of continuing violations in its supply chain. CLW expressed concerns about Apple’s supplier responsibility standards and reporting process. Each year the report selectively picks information to…

Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong indicted on bribery charges

Samsung is still at the top of the smartphone market in 2017

The worldwide shipments in the smartphone market shows a decline of 6.3% in the fourth quarter of 2017. Overall Samsung remained at the top of the worldwide smartphone market in 2017. Only in the fourth quarter Apple past Samsung largely because of iPhone 8, 8…

Apple and Foxconn in the Trump Era

Apple has faced heavy criticism from the President Donald Trump administration, which demands that it creates jobs in the USA. A report by Jenny Chan and Mark Selden in ‘China’s Worlds’ (2017) looks at Apple’s response to this criticism of its outsourcing of manufacturing jobs form the…

Apple: Pay the taxes you’ve been dodging!

Ireland has to collect unpaid taxes from Apple

In August 2016 the European Commission ruled that Apple has to pay 13 billion of taxes to the government of Ireland. Ireland now is forced to collect this money the don’t want. The EC has said these tax benefits were illegal because they allowed Apple…

Samsung uses only 1% renewable energy

Join the Greenpeace campaign and ask Samsung to stop fueling climate change. Greenpeace: “Despite all its PR talk of “championing the impossible” and “doing bigger things”, Samsung still relies on dirty, old-fashioned fossil fuels like coal to make gadgets. While Samsung uses only 1% renewable…

Apple has admitted student intern abuses

After the release of SACOM’s investigative report on student interns abuses in Apple’s production line and months of pressuring from international media and activists, Apple has officially admitted student interns abuses in its supply chain. And they promised to eliminate similar problems in the future. Six high…

From Apple to Huawei: profit comes before workers’ rights

In the mobile phone and computer industries labour rights are still a sore point. In particular the new market giant Huawei and HTC still have much to do. These are the findings of the updated rating of the ten IT firms with the biggest market share…