China is now the world's largest smartphone market, and Apple appears to be falling behind in the race to the top of the great wall of Chinese smartphone sales. Particularly if the other guys make phones that look just like the iPhone. Fortunately for Chinese phone makers, Apple has not gotten around to suing anyone in China--yet.
So who is applying all of this heat in the Chinese smartphone marketplace? Let's take a look some of the "cheap and cheerful" devices that are taking Apple's Chinese lunch money.
If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Chinese have been flattering U.S. tech companies for a loooong time. One of them, Meizu, has finally caught the attention of Apple’s attorneys.
Sometimes in life, things are said in haste that can forever change the nature of a relationship. No matter how much one desires the ability to take back that which slipped past their lips, they know that, irrecoverably, their words have forever changed the way of things. We're betting that Meizu CEO Jack Wong is spending his day pondering what exactly it was that he was thinking last month. You see, on September 9, Mr. Wong, who's company is renowned across Asia for the production of the very finest Apple mobile knock-offs, quipped that he felt the latest iteration of the iPod touch looked "a bit like the M9II"--Meizu's flagship smartphone. A little over a month after opening his mouth, it appears that Apple has turned their legal guns to bear on Wong and his iPhone riffing company.