Former Apple CEO John Sculley discusses President Trump’s heated rhetoric around trade and China, and what it means for technology.

China has a debt to GNP ratio of about 163%. We have about half that, 71%. I don’t think it’s in China’s interest to get into a trade war with the U.S. So, I would be skeptical whether we’re going to have a trade war. I think the steel issue is relatively small when you look at it in the context of the importance of trade for China… We shouldn’t over exaggerate what the consequences might be…

We’ve been for the last several decades focused on globalism, now we’re moving to something that is more like protectionism; it doesn’t mean we’re going to see a radical shift overnight between China and the U.S. — Former Apple CEO John Sculley

Former Apple CEO weighs in on Trump's tough tariff talk from CNBC.

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MacDailyNews Take: As per iPhone X sales:

iPhone X was the best-selling smartphone in the world in the December quarter according to Canalys, and it has been our top selling phone every week since it launched. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus rounded out the top three iPhones in the quarter. In fact, revenue for our newly launched iPhones was the highest of any lineup in our history, driving total Apple revenue above our guidance range… The iPhone X was the most popular and that’s particularly noteworthy given that we didn’t start shipping until early November, and we’re constrained for a while. The team did a great job of getting into supply demand balance there in December. But since the launch of iPhone X, it has been the most popular iPhone every week, every week sales. And that is even through today, actually through January… We feel fantastic, particularly as it pertains to iPhone X. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, February 1, 2018

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