Apple has a huge presence in China through its partnership with Foxconn. Recently, Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive Officer paid a visit to the communist country with a couple of objectives in mind.
First off the bat, he met with Chinese dignitaries and one of the key points of discussion was the trademark dispute that is currently underway over the name iPad. The iPad name has been synonymous with the Apple brand, but within China, this trademark belongs to Proview. Aside from this “public relations campaign” which is how Proview deemed the meeting, Apple did have other business in the far east with Cook meeting with representatives of the two major Chinese mobile carriers, China Mobile and China Telecom with the later already selling the iPhone smartphone to their customer base. Although details of these discussions were not made public, one has to wonder whether China Mobile will be the next Chinese carrier to begin selling the iPhone.
Cook also took some time to visit one of the Foxconn plants. This factory is home to 120,000 employees with one of the key responsibilities of this site being the manufacturing of the iPhone. As you know, Apple has had a lot of negative attention focused its way due to accusations of poor working conditions. In an effort to try and counteract some of this press, the company has begun to use its annual report as a means of detailing its findings during each visit. In addition to this, Apple has also tried to distance itself from companies that utilize underage employees.