Speaking of the Chinese government and the controlled economy, do you think the Chinese government would allow and encourage a foreign company like Apple to launch their product in China? Wouldn't it impact the local Chinese brands in some way?
@Barbara: Part of the hype created on the launch of any Apple's product is a marketing gimmick by Apple. Just because the media shows how crazy some of the fans are after Apple's products, other people are enticed to join in and become part of the gang.
China is currently in such a position where it can manipulate decisions of the corporations as the corporations know that their customer base and cheap cost production plants are in China; so they are dependant. And we know that the one who controls corporations, controls laws as well. Unfortunately, the capitalism culture is something that has no ethical boundaries and it can force relocation all the resources of the world to a single location if it sees the move profitable.
Recent trends indicate that many consumer electronics items are being inaugrated at the Far East Asian soils. The Sony Playstation 3 was an example. So it wont be surprising if China hosts the launch of the next iPhone. However, with the globalization revolution making way for the trend of manufacturers getting their production lines nearer to their highest consumer bases, probably due to supply chain cost avoidance, China and India will certainly be the biggest beneficiaries of the move. Also, with the US having a population of 1/4th of that of China, the incentive to technology manufacturers is clear.
Good observation and good question. I think there is a mass mind mentality in China as influenced by the government. If the government says censorship is good for the people, then it must be. Maybe technology and freedom of expression aren't mutually exclusive if every thing that needs to be said can be said as far as the people are concerned. Was there any outrage from within China when the Foxconn working conditions were exposed? Rhetorical question.
I think the grabber in this article is worth some serious consideration. If by 2020, the US market is so diminished in favor of China, that new product introductions will be presented into China, then it will follow that whatever China thinks, China gets in the way of technology advancement benefits. That is like putting a turbo boost into China's economic engine. He who has the most coin, calls the shots. Very astute article.
Bolaji: put that way, it really does sound crazy. Worse yet, the media feeds the frenzy by covering the lines. It's similar to the Black Friday situation: people's desire for an item becomes a spectator sport. At least the folks in the Apple lines seem to behave better...
That about sums it up. You queue up for hours to pay $500 for a product, it heats up, gobbles up your air time, your service provider tells you to pay more, then somebody tells you the conditions under which the device is made isn't up to standards you would accept personally and you still don't see anything wrong with any of this! It's a religion and whatever the company does is just perfect.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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