It is tough for a lot of foreign companies to break through in China because they can't keep up with the latest trends. In fact, even Apple is having a hard time keeping up. A lot of their struggles come from the fact that iTunes Movies and iBooks were banned in April.
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But now Apple is coming under attack because it might have stolen some of the designs from a small Chinese company's "100c" smartphone, which falls under the "100+" brand. It might seem strange because Apple is such a big corporation and most of us haven't heard of the 100+ brand. Still, the Beijing Intellectual Property Office has ordered that Apple stops selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus because of these allegations.
Of course, there are some similarities between the two phones, but it seems like all phones today have a similar design. What really sets iPhones apart is the branding of the Apple logo on the back of the phone, and since that is still in place, people would know to look. Still, Beijing has previously gone against Apple, so it doesn’t have much more hope for them to really come out of this on top.
Plus, it helps the economy of Beijing if the most popular phones come from companies within Beijing and don’t have to be imported.
The reason? General customers aren't able to tell the "minute differences" between the Apple design and the 100C.
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Apple and its distribution partner are fighting back against the ban, initiating an administrative litigation to help pave the way for a reversal of the ban. Source: Beijing Morning Post (Chinese). Via Engadget.