Welcome to Unbox’s “Viral Fridays” where we feature weirder than usual tech and geek related news to cap out the week.
Here’s another weird iPhone 7 related tidbit coming from the wacky land of China. The Nanyang Yongkang Medicine Company (NYMC), based in the Chinese province of Henan, recently published a memo for its employees, prohibiting them from buying and using the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Ignoring the unusual directive gets them a one-way ticket out of a job. Whoa there.
Now, that’s harsh, you might think. What employees do with their hard-earned cash is none of the company’s business, right? For the medicine company, it’s really not about that, or even Apple’s iPhones (at least that’s what they said), but more on frugality and wise spending habits.
A local news outlet interviewed the NYMC, noting that the memo came from the firm’s chairman. According to the NYMC, the memo was really about “spending time and money on family, rather than an expensive smartphone.” If you ask us, the whole bruhaha is more of “keeping a good public image” than anything else. The concept of “face” is a huge thing in Chinese culture, after all.
Fortunately, nobody in the company has resigned or been fired for owning one of Apple’s newest gadgets yet. Yet.
According to DigitalTrends, Apple is struggling in the vast Chinese market, ranking only 5th most popular smartphone brand with a paltry market share of 7%. Chinese brands Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi are the top dogs over there.
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