Quick Takes: Xiaomi Plans to Enter U.S. Within a Year, Ritual Launches Apple Pay Promotion, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.

    Monday, March 5

    - Xiaomi plans to enter U.S. market within a year: "We've always been considering entering the U.S. market," Xiaomi Chairman Lei Jun said at the sidelines of China's annual legislative session in Beijing, according to the WSJ. "We plan to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019."


    Commentary: Xiaomi was the world's fifth-largest smartphone maker in 2017, with an estimated 92.4 million shipments, according to research firm IDC. To be successful in the United States, where Apple and Samsung reign supreme, the Chinese company will need a sales agreement with a big carrier like AT&T.

    - Ritual launches Apple Pay promotion: Today through March 16, any customer who orders with the Ritual app and pays with Apple Pay will have access to exclusive daily deals at 1,300 restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, and Toronto.


    Commentary: Ritual is a mobile app for ordering and paying ahead of time at participating restaurants and coffee shops, enabling customers to skip the line and pick up their food instantly upon arrival.

    - iPhone X supplier Finisar gives tour of its Texas facility: "We are trying to make this the VCSEL capital of the world," said Finisar Vice President Curt Barratt, referring to the small town of Sherman, Texas.


    Commentary: VCSELs, or vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, are part of the TrueDepth camera system that enables Face ID on the iPhone X. In December, Apple announced it had awarded Finisar $390 million to expand its research and development and production capacity.

    - Apple Park: Transcript of 911 calls about injuries from walking into glass: Following reports of some Apple employees walking into glass doors at the company's new headquarters, The San Francisco Chronicle obtained transcripts of 911 calls about related injuries via a public records request.


    Commentary: Many people have accidentally walked into a door or two at some point. Hopefully the employees are okay. Apple is reportedly adding stickers to the glass doors to make them more visible.

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  2. Supacon macrumors member


    Jul 7, 2011
    That Xiaomi phone doesn't even have a notch. Ugh, that looks so 2016.
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    If Xiaomi comes to the U.S., it will be interesting to see how they fare against Apple. Being in the U.S. may push Apple to do even more.

    I wish Ritual eats was near me. Fifty percent off is a good deal.
  4. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Xiaomi will never be able to enter the US. They need to stop fooling themselves.
  5. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    I'm sure it's not funny to the people who walked into them but I'm laughing a bit that multiple Apple employees have collided with glass doors.
  6. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

    Oct 4, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    And also, hard enough to have to call 911? lol how....
  7. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Maybe this is why Apple is starting the AppleCare for employees.
  8. ersan191 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2013
    I’m incredibly uninterested in Xiaomi’s phones, but I am VERY interested in everything else they make. Hopefully they bring it all here.
  9. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    LOL. They can ape Apple all they want, but as long as they don't include that ridiculous notch, it's all good. Whoever at Apple thought it was a good idea needs to be fired.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 5, 2018 ---
    The Xiaomi Mi Box is easily the second best streaming device after the Nvidia Shield TV. At 70 bucks, it's a bargain. I bought one for my dad for christmas, he loves it.
  10. ersan191, Mar 5, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2018

    ersan191 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2013
    They make a robot vacuum for $250 that is as good as the $900 roomba.

    And a fantastic air filter.
  11. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I'd say Samsung has more to worry about than Apple if Xiaomi enters the US market. I think the potential market for iOS to Android conversion will be way less (with their presence) vs. Android buyers looking for alternatives to Samsung (and/or LG, Google, etc.)
  12. outskirtsofinfinity macrumors member


    Aug 2, 2017
    This happened to me too. The solution was to attach pink PostIt notes to the glass. #lifehack
  13. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    Surprised that the US government banned Huawei and ZTE but did not do anything about Xiaomi yet.
  14. kildraik macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    Colorado Rockies
    I understand the first 911 call, where blood is gushing out of his head, but the second two? Apple certainly must only be hiring people that have no skills outside of their careers.

    They sound like adult babies. They can’t patch up and move on to an urgent care center, like a self-sufficient adult would do?

    No wonder why Apple is installing their own medical offices. (ROTFL)
  15. Mi1lion macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2017
    Twin Peaks, CA
  16. subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    The custodians at Apple have a lot of “Face IDs” all over the windows to clean now. Those windows probably need notches.
  17. usarioclave macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2003
    The removal of skeumorphism from reality has significant costs.
  18. wemax macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2018
    you sound very bitter. something you wanna tell us?
  19. prasand macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2015
    UES, New York
    I'm pretty sure that many Apple employees are socially inept, and not "tough". Kinda comes with the territory.
  20. Wide opeN macrumors 6502a

    Wide opeN

    Aug 27, 2010
    Yeah these stories with the injuries just don't add up...

    Need more details.
  21. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    What is so different about Xiaomi and One Plus (Oppo) compared to ZTE and Huawei, in that they haven't attracted any significant scrutiny from the US Government?
  22. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    Xiaomi coming to the US. That is so adorable.

    In annual mobile phone sales and revenue rankings, Xiaomi will be relegated to the "All Others" category along with a dozen or so other companies, commanding a fraction of 1%.

    If that turns out not to be true, then Samsung would be the one to worry.
  23. radiology macrumors 6502


    Feb 11, 2014
    Westlake, OH
    That’s exactly what people used to say about the Japanese car makers and then we saw what happened...

    No empire last forever.
  24. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Why? Because no Chinese telecommunications/consumer electronics firm has ever made it into the US and Xiaomi will be no different.
  25. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    If Xiaomi brings their phones to the USA, it could likely be installed with a "plain" version of Android similar to what Google did in the past with their Nexus phones. That way, Xiaomi can leave the updates to Google.

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