Apple censors Taiwan flag on iPhones in China

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  1. M2M macrumors 6502

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    See for yourself. On iPhones in china the Taiwan flag is blocked.

    Regular Emoji Keyboard:
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    iPhone in China Emoji Keyboard:
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    Message sent from regular iPhone:
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    And received on iPhone in China:
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    Pretty interesting for "freedom of speech" Apple.
     
  2. Septembersrain Contributor

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    Well. If it fits their agenda they'll be for free speech. If it doesn't, they won't. However keep in mind exactly how much money they probably save by having the workers in China. They are opening up shop in India, I think even they know it's beneficial to leave China. I think they aren't finding it easy to, so they'll keep censoring...
     
  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Operating within the limits required and imposed by the countries in which they are allowed?
     
  4. cswifx Suspended

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    The Chinese government probably makes Apple do it to continue running in Mainland China. That's why Google pulled out of China because they didn't want to censor anything. It's all about business.
     
  5. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    And if Apple had a map of India they would have to censor it there...
     
  6. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Fairly hypocritical. Tim is a SJW until it affects Apple.
     
  7. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    And then he couldn't sell iPhones to the Chinese. Not really sure that's better for anyone.
     
  8. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

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    Depends if you actually have any values.
     
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Values don't mean "let's abandon 20% of our revenues". That would be literally insane.
     
  10. niploteksi macrumors regular

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    Or rather economically insane :)
     
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    Interesting.

    I wonder if it can be circumvented by using a worldwide iOS installer package.
     
  12. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    I think he's doing the right thing for Apple in this case. He should have Apple's business as his main objective which is why he should stay out of the other SJW discussions (trans bathrooms in schools, etc.). If Tim wishes to get involved with SJW issues that don't directly affect Apple's earnings, Tim should really leave the company and become a politician.
     
  13. Galacticos macrumors 6502a

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    This is why tim should keep his hypocritical politics out of the public sphere. Meow meow corporate fat cat :D
     
  14. EnderBeta macrumors 6502

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    So you defend prostitution? I mean the income for it is phenomenal. A woman respects herself too much for it but to abandon 20% revenue would be literally insane.
     
  15. Galacticos macrumors 6502a

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    Tims loyalties lie with (1 himself, 2 the board, 3 the shareholders). It's rational for him to do something like this (however unprincipled). What is stupid is 'I think identity politics are important and pay gap and open imigration and meow meow meow'
     
  16. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Should Cook abandon the American market because he opposes Trump?
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    That means literally no one in business could say anything...
     
  17. niploteksi macrumors regular

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    Hypothetically... what if it became illegal to view content from news organisations which Trump considers fake news?
     
  18. Adam Warlock, Feb 26, 2017
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    No. It means he should pursue his purported sense of 'social justice' regarding China and others with the same fervour and publicity he does against Trump. That or just SFTU about non-business issues (in the name of Apple; his own personal pronouncements are entirely his affair).
     
  19. Galacticos macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think people actively running companies should say anything. It hurts the business by dividing the customer base and what is the upside? Letting half the customers know you agree with them?
     
  20. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Depends on the target and audience :).
     
  21. EnderBeta macrumors 6502

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    What does that have to do with your statement about China?

    In regards to what should Tim do, he should resign or be ejected. I don't agree with his business decisions. I don't care if he is gay. In terms of business it was irrelevant and didn't need to be brought up. His SJW antics have no place in the company and he should be fired.
     
  22. Galacticos macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think it's ever justified. You don't turn non customers on with politics but you certainly turn customers off that disagree.

    Apple has great brand equity thanks to Steve so it's a unique case
     
  23. EnderBeta macrumors 6502

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    Oh please fear mongering now?
     
  24. niploteksi macrumors regular

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    In what way don't you understand the word hypothetical and this context? Let me clear the question up for anyone else who doesn't understand. Is there a time when a company shouldn't put economy before ethics first and when is it time to draw that line in the sand. Clearly Taiwan's flag isn't where Apple draw that line and I'm not saying they should.

    Trump is nothing to be afraid of and I haven't seen any fear mongering from either Trump or his opposition.
     

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