Apple CEO Steve Jobs “doesn’t care” about the Chinese market, Lenovo boss Liu Chuanzhi has claimed.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Liu suggested the electronics giant was missing a huge opportunity. “We are lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn’t care about China. If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble,” the Lenovo founder and chairman said.
Lenovo is the leading PC manufacturer in China, holding about 30 per cent of the market. According to the FT, Apple’s products, while popular, are only sold through a small number of stores and resellers in China’s largest cities.
Apple has not directly addressed Liu’s comments, but did say it is due to open a new store in Shanghai this Saturday, with its total number of retail outlets in China reaching 25 by the end of 2011. Executives from the firm also said earlier this year that the country represents a major opportunity for growth.
Liu told the FT he expects China to overtake the US as the global technology trendsetter.