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iPhone XS Max. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

iPhone assembler Foxconn says it has the capacity to manufacture Apple products outside of China if U.S.-China trade relations escalate, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters, per Axios' Ina Fried: Nearly all iPhones are currently made in China, presenting a huge risk for Apple. Having a solid plan B is a good thing given the unpredictability of U.S.-China trade relations.

Driving the news: President Trump has threatened China with new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods — which would inevitably affect Apple — if President Xi Jinping is a no-show at the upcoming G20 summit.

Backdrop: Apple is already feeling the effects of China's slumping economy. The company had to mark down its Q4 revenue expectations in January, attributing it in part to the ongoing trade war.

  • Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., is Apple's most important manufacturer.
  • Board nominee and semiconductor division chief Young Liu said in an investor briefing in Taipei on Tuesday that the company will support Apple if it decides to move production, though no decisions have been made.
  • It's unclear which manufacturing plants would assume the majority of the company's relocated production. India's facility is currently running quality tests for Apple's iPhone XR series, per Bloomberg.

Go deeper: Corporations are fleeing global chaos

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3 hours ago - Sports

European soccer is at war

Liverpool celebrating its 2019 Champions League victory. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Europe's biggest soccer clubs have established The Super League, a new midweek tournament that would compete with — and threaten the very existence of — the Champions League.

Why it matters: This new league, set to start in 2023, "would bring about the most significant restructuring of elite European soccer since the 1950s, and could herald the largest transfer of wealth to a small set of teams in modern sports history," writes NYT's Tariq Panja.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
4 hours ago - Economy & Business

2021's expected earnings blowout begins

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

First-quarter earnings so far have been very strong, outpacing even the rosy expectations from Wall Street and that's a trend that's expected to continue for all of 2021. S&P 500 companies are on pace for one of the best quarters of positive earnings surprises on record, according to FactSet.

Why it matters: The results show that not only has the earnings recession ended for U.S. companies, but firms are performing better than expected and the economy may be justifying all the hype.

4 hours ago - Science

NASA's Mars helicopter takes flight as first aircraft piloted on another planet

Ingenuity on the surface of Mars, filmed by NASA's Perseverance rover. Photo: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA successfully piloted the Ingenuity Mars helicopter for its first experimental flight on Monday, briefly hovering the aircraft as NASA's Perseverance rover collected data.

Why it matters: Ingenuity's short flight marks the first time a human-built aircraft has flown on a world other than Earth, opening the door to new means of exploring planets far from our own.