Published: Mon, August 19, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Tim Cook makes good case that China tariffs harm Apple, aid Samsung

Tim Cook makes good case that China tariffs harm Apple, aid Samsung

In addition to his comments on Apple, Trump said on Twitter earlier in the day that his administration was "doingvery well with China".

Cook and Trump shared a widely covered dinner on Aug.16 where both men exchanged views on an array of topics but reserved most of the conversation on Trump's trade war against China and the harm it's inflicting on Apple. Trump was apparently sympathetic to Apple's plight and stated that Cook made a "good case" about the struggle it will face when dealing with Samsung in the future. The order is supposed to go into effect on September 1 but the United States president delayed it for some good up to December 15 so as not to affect the holiday shopping season. Cook made a point that these are making it hard for Apple to compete with other major smartphone manufacturers, among which its greatest competitor, Samsung.

The original timing of the new import duties had caused concerns over their impact on the Christmas shopping season. I have a lot of respect for Tim Cook, and Tim was talking to me about tariffs.

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The letter said Trump's proposed tariffs will hit Apple's major products, including iPhone, iPads and Airpods. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported Apple planned to shift production of the MacBook Pro laptop to China. Kuo said Apple will be able to meet the demand of iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches to the U.S. consumers from non-China locations as early as next year, but Mac production outside China might take till 2021. And that's not good timing for Apple, considering the company is expected to launch new iPhones and a Mac next month. I said, "How good a competitor?"

While the tariffs are not yet in effect, they are expected to come into effect by December this year.

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