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Visualizing Apple in China

Apple rolled out new products and services this week, so we look at how important China has been to Apple.

September 17, 2020

An Apple Store in Chengdu, China

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Apple has sold over 2.2 billion iPhones since 2007, many of them in China. Those iPhones (and iPads, etc.) were assembled in China. But for the US$451 experts estimate it costs to make a new iPhone, only US$14 stays in China: US$7 to Foxconn and US$7 to the workers it employs. The iPhone is not as popular in China as in the past. China's workers and its giant phone market helped Apple become the first company worth US$2 trillion. Just two years ago, Apple sold most of the more expensive phones in China. In 2019, however, Apple only won over 9% of China's buyers.

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December 3, 2020 - 3:00pm

Outside the Box [Office], USC U.S.-China Institute, and MTV Documentary Films present a Live Q&A with Writer/Director/Producer Hao Wu discussing his new documentary film 76 DAYS. Everyone who registers for the webinar will be sent a link to view the film 48 hours prior to the Q&A.

December 10, 2020 - 1:00pm

David Shambaugh speaks on his new book focusing on the United States and China in one of the world's most dynamic regions.