Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Dec 2016 21:03 UTC

The well-choreographed customs routine is part of a hidden bounty of perks, tax breaks and subsidies in China that supports the world's biggest iPhone factory, according to confidential government records reviewed by The New York Times, as well as more than 100 interviews with factory workers, logistics handlers, truck drivers, tax specialists and current and former Apple executives. The package of sweeteners and incentives, worth billions of dollars, is central to the production of the iPhone, Apple's best-selling and most profitable product.

Fascinating look at what the local Chinese governments do to entice Foxconn.

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RE: Apple's entire business plan
by kristoph on Fri 30th Dec 2016 20:29 UTC in reply to "Apple's entire business plan"
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Facts ...

Who needs those right? It's the internet so we can add to fake news with fake facts, who can that hurt?

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ianm Member since:

Sales are moving in the wrong direction, not that Apple will lose profitability any time soon, but they aren't what they used to be.

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unclefester Member since:

Who needs those right? It's the internet so we can add to fake news with fake facts, who can that hurt?

Here are some facts.

Without carrier subsidies the iPhone would probably have a much, much smaller market share. [It is already totally irrelevant in the fast growing markets of the developing world].

The rest of Apple's other products are going backwards.

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daveak Member since:

54% subsidy on UK iPhones from Vodafone ? Tells me all I need to know about that "analysis". The phones are paid for by the ridiculous monthly prices. If they are subsidised at all it is only by a few quid, and it has been that way since they started selling in the UK.

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