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Apple boosted by streaming services despite lockdown

BBC News

Apple saw growth for the first three months of the year, as falling device sales in China were offset by demand for its streaming services due to the coronavirus lockdown. Sales climbed to $58.3bn (£46.2bn), up from $58bn in the same period in 2019 and beating expectations of $54.5bn. Apple boss Tim Cook said the firm saw a "record for streaming" and "phenomenal" growth in the online store. He added that "China is headed in the right direction". Despite the coronavirus lockdown hurting iPhone supply due to Chinese factories closing, and a drop in demand for devices in China - a major market for Apple - during February and March, Mr Cook told investors in an earnings call on Thursday: "I don't think I can remember a quarter where I've been prouder of Apple."

Taiwan calls China's COVID lockdowns 'cruel,' says won't follow its steps

The Japan Times

TAIPEI – China's lockdowns to control the spread of COVID-19 are "cruel" and Taiwan will not follow suit, Premier Su Tseng-chang said on Sunday. Having controlled the pandemic with tough border controls and quarantines, Taiwan has been dealing with a surge in domestic infections since the start of this year, with some 75,000 infections driven by the omicron variant. But with more than 99% of those having mild or no symptoms, a handful of deaths so far and high vaccination levels, the government has moved to ease restrictions as it seeks normalcy and to gradually reopen the island of 23 million people to the outside world. Taiwan's giant neighbor China, by contrast, has enacted tough lockdowns in Shanghai and tightened controls in capital Beijing. Speaking during a visit to Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control, Su said their pandemic-containment measures had been "praised by the world."

China: Panic buying in divided Shanghai under lockdown

BBC News

Those diagnosed with Covid have been sent to live in warehouses and exhibition halls converted into mass quarantine centres, even if they are asymptomatic, and some have complained about the basic living conditions. One journalist quarantining at the World Expo centre said they had Portaloos for toilets and no shower facilities.

iPhone 14 production hit by COVID lockdowns in China: Report


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over two decades to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera. Adrian has authored/co-authored technical books on a variety of topics, ranging from programming to building and maintaining PCs. The COVID-19 lockdowns that were put in place in China towards the end of March might be easing now, but the effects continue to ripple through the tech industry, disrupting manufacturing plants and supply chains. And Apple is not immune to such disruptions. According to a report by Nikkei Asia, one of the upcoming iPhone 14 "models is about three weeks behind the usual schedule due to the lockdowns in Shanghai."

How is China beating covid-19 and are the reported numbers reliable?

New Scientist

AS THE second wave of the covid-19 pandemic worsens across the northern hemisphere, life has largely returned to normal in the country where the virus first made its mark. Restaurants and markets in Chinese cities are bustling, as are tourist sites and cinemas. In Wuhan, where a lockdown in late January first shocked and then became a precedent for the rest of the world, recent months have seen packed concerts, food festivals and pool parties.