Apple's Tim Cook visits Shanghai amid alleged Chinese iCloud spy chip debacle

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Apple's CEO is making a surprise tour of Shanghai, possibly in response to the controversy over a report claiming Chinese spy chips were inserted into Apple servers.

Tim Cook in Shanghai


The executive has already visited a local Apple store, and a yoga studio where people were using Apple Watches to track workouts, according to his Weibo account. He also used his Watch to take a ferry, and praised a pair of photographers -- "Bigshot" and "ChenMan" -- for their work with the iPhone XS Max.

It's unknown if Cook has any greater agenda in the city, but his trips outside the U.S. frequently involve meetings with political and corporate leaders, often revealed after the fact.

Tim Cook in Shanghai


The CEO may be in China partly to address a recent Bloomberg report which claimed that the Chinese government planted tiny chips onto motherboards produced by Super Micro, which then went out to 30 companies including Apple and Amazon. In Apple's case, the boards are said to have made their way into iCloud data centers, where they opened back doors and funneled data.

Apple has repeatedly denied the presence of any chips, including in a letter to the U.S. Congress. Various groups have cast doubt on the story, including the Department of Homeland Security and the U.K.'s GCHQ.

Cook could be probing his company's supply chain, talking to Communist Party officials, or possibly taking steps to ensure that even if chips weren't implanted earlier, it can't happen in the future. Another possible mission for Cook may be dealing with the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, which has threatened to raise the prices of Apple products.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    claire1claire1 Posts: 446unconfirmed, member
    It's sad the lengths Apple has to go to fix made up rumors.

    (If that's the reason he's even there.)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 9
    If the chip incident never happened -- as Apple asserts -- then it's not a "debacle."  It's fiction.
    bsimpsenireland
  • Reply 3 of 9
    larryalarrya Posts: 515member
    “Debacle”?  

    I’m as critical of Apple as the next guy, but there are already stories about this report being questionable. 
    bsimpsen
  • Reply 4 of 9
    Internal political strife within China has been increasing as crackdowns have become more onerous ofvthe last 2 years from reportsvof friends living in China. The oppression of speech and expression is growing along with silly centralized planning failures. Spy chips or not things are dicey, but life goes on...

  • Reply 5 of 9
    Tim Cook is in a bind in China with political strife and increasing purges of political rivals called “corruption investigations” which the way of CCP! Becoming more closed and state owned industry squeezing many business! Not good at all for economic outlook! Spying is secondary issue at this point.
    JWSC
  • Reply 6 of 9
    irelandireland Posts: 17,413member
    glfrost said:
    Tim Cook is in a bind in China with political strife and increasing purges of political rivals called “corruption investigations” which the way of CCP! Becoming more closed and state owned industry squeezing many business! Not good at all for economic outlook! Spying is secondary issue at this point.
    4 posts in. I see a pattern emerge.
  • Reply 7 of 9
    bwallsbwalls Posts: 2unconfirmed, member
    The chip no-chip debates are interesting enough, but don't the yoga kids in that first picture look like they just beamed into Tim's Starfleet Academy? They are in the proper "beam me aboard" pose, and that sure looks like a transporter above them.
  • Reply 8 of 9
    FatmanFatman Posts: 153member
    I was in Shanghai a few weeks ago - walking down Nanging Rd (a shopping district like New York’s fifth avenue ... full of Swiss watch shops and upscale clothing) and where Apple has a store location. About a quarter mile up from the Apple store on the same side there are side streets that have stores with bad knock
    offs of American brands - Nike, New Balance (backwards ‘N’) sneakers displayed in front. Ask the owners if they have ‘a better quality version’ and they will take you to the back of the store - where there is usually a hidden door (or in one place a fake wall). It opens to the ‘real’ shop filled with counterfeits indistinguishable from the real products - Nike, Coach, Gucci, Rolex, etc.  That’s what China is all about.
    ravnorodomwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 9
    He will spot those chips with naked eye and boost morale in China to play nice for the rest. Right.
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