Quite unexpectedly, Apple’s very own iPhone 12 livestream event did not appear on the Chinese Social Media. Why?
Apple iPhone 12 livestream event that was made to announce the launch of the upcoming phone on Tuesday was apparently not carried by Chinese social media as well as video platform despite the whole tremendous consumer interest surrounding the event.
The Chinese social media sites that blocked Apple iPhone 12 livestream
In an unexpected move, Weibo, Tencent Video, iQiyi, and also Bilibili actually canceled all of their original plans to air the highly-anticipated Apple iPhone 12 livestream event. The only way for apple’s fans to view the event was to go straight to Apple’s official website, according to Bloomberg.
Apple has actually promoted the event itself on their own official Weibo account just last week. The promotion shared the upcoming Apple iPhone 12 livestream and was set to air on all of the platforms mentioned above, according to the report.
Weibo, however, is a particular Chinese microblogging site that is oftentimes compared to the more popular Twitter even though the Chinese government still maintains certain strict control all over what actually appears on any of the China-based media sites.
The cancellation could be part of the strife between Washington and Beijing
The cancellation actually comes at a particular time of really tense geopolitical relations that are going on between both Washington and Beijing. The Apple iPhone 12 livestream is just an example of the challenges that Apple is actually facing in order to make further progress in the crucial and big mainland China market.
The current and still-President Donald Trump has actively been waging a whole years-long pressure campaign directly against particular China-based tech companies. Some time in September, Trump even moved to ban the most widely popular Chinese-owned app known as TikTok and WeChat over certain concerns of the users’ data all being collected and the users being under surveillance.
Before this event, US security was concerned about the known China’s tech industry primarily focused on certain telecom gear makers popularly known as Huawei, which could face the whole collapse of its own smartphone division due to the whole US restrictions on its very own global chip supply.
Huawei versus Apple
The ongoing uncertainty between the US and China has definitely affected both countries’ top companies. While Huawei is currently affected, this move of blocking Apple’s iPhone 12 livestream on Chinese popular social media could possibly be the starting of Apple’s struggle in the known Chinese market.
Apple and Huawei, although very different in company personality, have been fighting for consumers for quite some time now. Although Apple has been superior, Huawei has slowly been able to break into the market with phones that are capable of doing much more than Apple can especially with the Huawei P30 camera in comparison to the iPhone 11.
The zoom of the Huawei P30 is said to be really far and can reach 30x zoom while the Apple iPhone 11, although very good in image quality, can’t reach this far. This is one of the many features that differentiate Huawei from Apple and vice versa.