President Trump said on Monday TikTok has a deadline of September 15 to sell its US business or it will be "out of business in the United States."
Trump also said a "substantial portion" of the any sale of the app should go to the US Treasury.
He wasn't clear whether that cut should come from the purchasing company or ByteDance, TikTok's parent company.
Chinese state media has reacted furiously to the remarks, with one editor saying any such cut would constitute "open robbery" and one newspaper describing the prospect as a "smash and grab."
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China's state media has reacted furiously to Trump's comments that the US Treasury should get a cut of any sale of TikTok to an American company.
President Trump on Monday announced not only that TikTok has a deadline to sell off its US business, but he also expects the government to receive a slice of any deal.
In a tweet Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times, said it constituted "open robbery."
"This is an open robbery. The world is watching and God is watching that how President Trump is turning the once great America into a rogue country," he wrote.
TikTok, the short-form app owned by Chinese parent firm ByteDance, has had a turbulent five days, during which Trump threatened to ban the app altogether, then appeared to soften his stance to allow a potential sell-off of TikTok's US business to a US bidder.
Microsoft confirmed on Sunday that it was in talks to acquire parts of TikTok's business, and that CEO Satya Nadella had spoken directly to Trump.
Trump said of the call with Nadella on Monday: "I suggested that he can go ahead, he can try. We set a date — I set a date — of around September 15, at which point it [TikTok] is going to be out of business in the United States. But if somebody, whether it's Microsoft or somebody else, buys it, that'll be interesting."
Trump then said he had stipulated to Nadella that if a deal goes through he wants the US government to get a cut.
"I did say that if you buy it, whatever the price is that goes to whoever owns it — because I guess it's China, essentially [...] I said a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States, because we're making it possible for this deal to happen," said Trump.
The China Daily, owned by the Communist Party of China's publicity department, wrote in response: "China will by no means accept the 'theft' of a Chinese technology company, and it has plenty of ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned smash and grab."
Trump's explanation for why the US should get a large chunk of the deal was vague, and he compared the arrangement to a tenant paying a landlord.
"Right now they don't have any rights unless we give it to them, so if we're going to give them the rights it has to come into this country, it's a little bit like the landlord-tenant — without a lease the tenant has nothing. So they pay what's called 'key money' or they pay something. But the United States should be reimbursed or should be paid a substantial amount of money because without the United States they don't have anything."
Trump has given TikTok until September 15 to sell its U.S. operations pic.twitter.com/0Ap9QS45xx — Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) August 3, 2020
In a later press briefing on Monday, as reported by CNN, the president was asked whether the money should come from the purchaser (e.g. Microsoft) or from TikTok parent ByteDance.
The president didn't seem clear on which side of the acquisition the money would come from.
"Whether it's Microsoft or somebody else, or if it's the Chinese — what the price is, the United States could — should get a very large percentage of that price. Because we're making it possible," he said.
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With four different models and several generations, it's not always clear what the newest iPad is, so we've broken it down for you.
The latest iPad, iPad Mini, and iPad Air all launched in 2019. The newest iPad in 2020 is the freshly updated iPad Pro.
You can also check out our full buying guide for more advice on which iPad to buy.
There's a huge variety of Apple iPads to pick from, and not all stores make it clear which model is the latest — not only plenty of different models, but also plenty of different generations.
There are four different models of the iPad currently available: the straight-up iPad, the iPad Mini, the iPad Air, and the iPad Pro. Among the four of them, there are several different generations.
Updated on 07/27/2020 by Joe Osborne: Updated prices, facts and formatting.
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The standard iPad is in its 7th generation, and latest model came out in September 2019.
It boasts a 10.2-inch touchscreen, an A10 Fusion processor and an embedded M10 co-processor, as well as 32GB of storage space on the basic model. It's certainly enough to get you through your basic needs, though you may want to upgrade to a bit more storage space if you're planning on using the iPad to download a lot of videos, store many pictures, or play a lot of games.
At Apple's $329 price, this is the cheapest current iPad you can buy (except the 9.7-inch model from 2018 if you can find it on sale).
Like the most recent iPad Mini, the most recent iPad also offers first-generation Apple Pencil compatibility. Unfortunately, it doesn't support mouse input. Finally, it's often available on sale for as low as $249.99.
iPad Mini 5th generation (2019)
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The most recent iPad Mini is the 5th-generation and was released in March 2019. It features a 7.9-inch touchscreen, as well as an A12 Bionic processor and 64GB of storage in the most basic model.
You'll be well-equipped to download plenty of games and movies, and this Mini also offers Smart Keyboard and first-generation Apple Pencil stylus support. It's more expensive than the 10.2-inch iPad at $399 — a price justified by its portability and newer chips for better performance.
iPad Air 3rd generation (2019)
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The iPad Air is in its 3rd generation and was released in March 2019. It has a large 10.5-inch Retina touchscreen and a powerful A12 Bionic processor.
This iPad is a sleeker, more powerful and up-to-date version of the standard iPad. Priced to start at $499, it's relatively affordable given what it offers, and also offers support for the Apple Smart Keyboard and the first-generation Apple Pencil. This is the iPad you want if you seek a little more power than the straight iPad but not quite as extra as the iPad Pro below.
iPad Pro 4th generation (2020)
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