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Apple, Airpods, China and More

Apple, Airpods, China and More

One: Apple’s AirPods: a Hit With 98% Customer Satisfaction

"The big story is customer satisfaction with AirPods is extremely high. 98% of AirPod owners said they were very satisfied or satisfied. Remarkably, 82% said they were very satisfied. The overall customer satisfaction level of 98% sets the record for the highest level of satisfaction for a new product from Apple. When the iPhone came out in 2007, it held a 92% customer satisfaction level, iPad in 2010 had 92%, and Apple Watch in 2015 had 97%."

by Ben Bajarin, Techpinions

 

Two: Why Apple's Services business is so valuable ($7 billion last quarter alone.)

"When Apple reported its second-quarter results yesterday, one of the first things it touted was the “strong momentum” of its Services business, which includes iTunes and Apple Music, the App Store, iCloud, Apple Pay and more.

"While the company’s results are still mostly driven by the iPhone, it’s increasingly trying to portray Services as a growth narrative of its own.

"Why?"

by Rani Molla, Recode

 

Three: Apple's China Problem

"The fundamental issue is this: unlike the rest of the world, in China the most important layer of the smartphone stack is not the phone’s operating system."

by Ben Thompson, Stratechery

 

Four: China is recruiting 20,000 people to write its own Wikipedia

"The Chinese government is recruiting 20,000 people to create an online encyclopedia that will be the country’s own, China-centric version of Wikipedia, or as one official put it, like 'a Great Wall of culture.'"

by David Gilbert, Vice News

 

Five: China now has a $300 billion company

"Tencent shares closed at a record high of 248.40 Hong Kong dollars (just under $32) on Tuesday, valuing the company at more than $302 billion."

Sherisse Pham, CNN Money

 

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Tencent has joined the exclusive $300 billion club.

Tencent has joined the exclusive $300 billion club.