Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that China will soon become the largest market for his company’s products. Unlike other technology
firms, Apple does not have to deal with tight censorship from the Chinese government. This is because they produce hardware, rather
than internet services (like Facebook and Google), which are highly regulated. One service that Apple does provide, iTunes, has not
caught on in China, but not because of government oversight. Rather, the Chinese are more inclined to us “jail-breaks” and other
methods to put music and applications on their devices for free.
Apple products are also becoming a kind of status symbol to the tech-savy Chinese. For middle-class Chinese who cannot afford a fancy
car, an iPad is often a second alternative. The writer of the article talked to one businessman who had filled the trunk of his car with
20 iPads to use as gifts for people he needed to build relationships with. The man explained that iPads were especially desired by
Chinese government officials. Additionally, iPhones are now supported by 2 of the top 3 Chinese telecommunication companies. The
expansion of Apple in China is just one example of the emergence of modern China, and the willingness and desire of the Chinese
people to embrace Western technology and ideas.