Apple CEO Tim Cook worried that US-China trade war could give Samsung a competitive edge: Report

The US is looking to inflict a 10% tariff on billions of dollars worth of goods imported from China.


Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently stated that Apple will be able to absorb the 10 percent tariffs that US President Donald Trump wants to impose on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of products sourced from China. The bulk of Apple's portfolio – including iPhones, iPads and AirPods – are made in China, which means that Apple is looking at a 10 percent price hike across the board.

While Apple will absorb the tariffs for now, Apple CEO Tim Cook has expressed concerns that arch-rival Samsung with its global manufacturing base will be less affected and will rake in a greater share of profits. Reportedly, Cook is now worried that an extended trade war will put Apple at a competitive disadvantage.

Apple CEO Tim Cook worried that US-China trade war could give Samsung a competitive edge: Report

Tim Cook reportedly met Trump over dinner and discussed his concerns that Samsung with its global manufacturing base will be less affected by tariff hike and will rake in a greater share of profits. Image: Reuters

As reported by Bloomberg, Cook met Trump over dinner and discussed his concerns. Trump was apparently sympathetic to Apple's plight and stated that Cook made a "good case" about the struggle it will face when dealing with Samsung in the future.

While the tariffs are not yet in effect, they are expected to come into effect by December this year. Before that happens, the US and China are gearing up for a trade meet in September where this and other issues will be discussed.

On a related note, Apple is also gearing up to launch its 2019 iPhone lineup in September.

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