Apple claims it lost income owing to temporary ban in China last year on permitting new video games. The fiscal damage from the censorship of mobile games on iOS was one of the many factors Apple mentioned for its $4.8 Billion income drop in Greater China at the time of the holiday quarter last year, with the firm normally pointing to the nation’s financial slowdown.
“The App Store in the country is a huge business for us,” Luca Maestri, financial chief at Apple, claimed to the media in an interview. “We think the problem around sanction of new game titles is provisional in nature but obviously it is impacting our business at the moment.”
The ban on video game does seem to be vanishing, even though titles are still getting sanctioned at a slow speed and the standards for which ones are permitted are not publicly recognized. It has been a costly prohibition on a sector that made more than $30 Billion in 2018.
On a related note, it has almost been more than a year since Apple initially declared its battery replacement program for iPhone. The program offers a discount for consumers to get their battery swapped, in spite of the fact that it will or will not pass the battery tests by Apple. The final day to get your battery replaced of your iPhone for the discounted price of $29 was December 31, 2018. Post that, the replacement fee has been increased to $49 for entitled models apart for the iPhone X, which will have a price tag of $69.
To be certain, the iPhone models that were qualified for the replacement were iPhone 6, Phone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone X, and iPhone 8 Plus.