Apple bows to pressure from China. The US company has urged its Taiwan-based partners to change the “Made in Taiwan” label, Engadget reports. Instead, the designation “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei” should be used in the future.
The background is that China wants to keep up the appearance that Taiwan is part of the country. In China, the rule has long been in force that no products should say “Made in Taiwan”. So far, however, Apple has refused to do so.
The reason for the change of heart is likely to be an inspection by the authorities of goods from Taiwan at Apple locations in China. In the worst case, officials could refuse to accept the goods or impose fines on Apple.
Apparently Apple wants to avoid these problems. The upcoming iPhone 14 is expected to be presented and released in mid-September. The production of millions of devices is currently running at full speed. The manufacturer can hardly afford a delay here.
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The original of this article “Apple responds to China’s demands and obscures the “Made in Taiwan” notice” comes from chip.de.