Apple Music, iTunes Movies and iBooks make their long-expected debut in China

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 30, 2015

Apple on Wednesday announced that users in China can now enjoy Apple Music, as well as browse and download their entertainment from the iTunes Store and iBooks Store, marking the first time customers in the 1.33 billion people market will have access to Apple’s entertainment ecosystem with music, movies and books right at their fingertips.

“Customers in China love the App Store and have made it our largest market in the world for app downloads,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “One of the top requests has been more great content and we’re thrilled to bring music, movies and books to China, curated by a local team of experts.” Read More


Apple Watch estimated to have sold more than one million units in China

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015

In China, an extremely important market that accounts for nearly one-fifth of Apple’s global revenues, the Apple Watch has sold more than one million units, according to a new estimate by a Chinese company called TalkingData.

The numbers, shared by Business Insider, indicate that sales of the Apple wearable in the 1.33 billion people market have exceeded 1.07 million total devices. Read More


Tim Cook says iPhone activations in China growing as $AAPL stock falls below $100

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a rare move today by responding to an email from CNBC’s Jim Cramer. Cook’s letter, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider, addresses the company’s quarter so far and basically says that everything’s fine with Apple’s business and performance in China.

Apple’s stock has been declining since the company’s June quarter earnings showed iPhone sales coming slightly below investors’ expectations. This morning, $AAPL fell below $100 amid bigger stock market woes as most indices are in the red today. Read More


Japanese manufacturers banding together to secure more iPhone orders

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2015

Though designed in California, the vast majority of Apple’s products are being assembled in China using parts predominantly provided by the vast network of suppliers from Taiwan.

But that may be changing now as Japanese manufacturers are reportedly making a concerted effort to secure more iPhone orders from Apple, according to DigiTimes on Monday.

Citing industry sources, the trade publication claims that Japan-based printed circuit board manufacturer Ibiden has bolstered up its manufacturing capacity as it hopes to solicit more orders from Apple. Read More


Tim Cook tells employees Apple Watch will be available in stores in June

By Cody Lee on May 19, 2015

During Tim Cook’s visit to China last week, the CEO held a meeting at Apple’s headquarters in the country to give employees an update on recent happenings. Citing sources with knowledge of the assembly, 9to5Mac provides an overview of everything that was talked about, and there are some rather interesting tidbits.

For starters, Cook told attendees that “the Watch could not be going better,” and that “Apple is working really hard on making more.” He also seemingly confirmed reports that the company has solved some of its supply chain issues, promising that Apple stores will begin carrying Watch inventory sometime next month. Read More


Tim Cook ‘bullish on Apple Pay’ in China, in talks with Alibaba

By Jake Smith on May 11, 2015

Amid rumors, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged in an interview with Xinhua news agency on Monday that Apple is working to bring Apple Pay to China.

Cook told the Chinese news agency: “We very much want to get Apple Pay in China. I’m very bullish on Apple Pay in China,” signaling the company is working quick to bring its new mobile payments service to another region besides the US. Read More


Tim Cook creates account on China’s popular microblogging service Weibo

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

During his current visit to Beijing to announce new environmental initiatives, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has opened an account on Weibo, China’s popular micro-blogging platform resembling Twitter.

The company’s newly-announced environmental initiatives in China are the topic of Cook’s first post. “Hello China! Happy to be back in Beijing, announcing innovative new environmental programs,” his Weibo post reads.

The message is accompanied by a Chinese translation. Cook’s Weibo presence is verified and the account had nearly 400,000 followers at post time. Read More


Chinese court says Apple isn’t guilty of Siri patent infringement, overturns previous ruling

By Jake Smith on Apr 24, 2015

“Siri, how does it feel to be a winner?”

A Chinese appeals court has put an end to a three year patent battle over Apple’s Siri voice recognition found on its iOS line. AFP reports that Apple has won an appeal in China over the patents, overturning an earlier decision that put Apple in the guilty chair. Read More


Talks bringing Apple Pay to more countries are reportedly stalling

By Jake Smith on Apr 14, 2015

Apple’s efforts to bring Apple Pay technology to China, a region that could help boost payment numbers, are stalling, according to Caixin Online.

Despite earlier word that a deal between Apple and China’s UnionPay is close, Caixin Online says neither party has reached any agreements and no timetable for cooperation has been set. Read More


Apple warns of constrained Watch supply at launch

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

With less than 24 hours until Apple Watch pre-orders begin, the Cupertino firm has issued a media release advising customers to reserve their unit online because “we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch”.

Moreover, the company will be now taking orders for the device exclusively online “during the initial launch period.” Read More


Samsung reportedly chosen by Apple to make chips for next iPhone

By Jake Smith on Apr 2, 2015

Bloomberg reports Samsung has been chosen by Apple to make chips for the next iPhone, taking the business from Taiwan Semiconductor.

Samsung has reclaimed its spot as Apple’s supplier. TSMC made the chips for the iPhone 6, however before that, Samsung’s chips were king for iPhones. Read More


New iPhones help Apple capture record smartphone share in China

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

Apple’s been making some impressive strides in China, its second-biggest market by revenue and home to a population of 1.33 billion people.

On the weight of strong sales of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, the Cupertino firm has now hit an all-time high share, with iOS accounting for a record 27.6 percent volume share of the Chinese smartphone market versus 17.9 percent a year ago.

Kantar data for the three months ending in February proves the iPhone 6 has remained the country’s top-selling smartphone in the period. It’s grown from 9.5 percent of sales recorded in the previous period ending in January to 10.2 percent ending in February. Xiaomi’s iPhone 6 Plus lookalike, the RedMI Note, took the second spot, followed by Apple’s 5.5-inch phablet-class iPhone 6 Plus, which grabbed the third place. Read More


iPhone and iPad trade-in launches in China

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 1, 2015

Following an expanded trade-in program in the United States which offers store credits to Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone users looking to jump ship, Apple has now rolled out its iPhone and iPad trade-in initiative in Greater China, South China Morning Post reported Wednesday.

Available in all of Apple’s eighteen retail stores across the country, customers can now trade in their old devices for an Apple Store Gift Card, which can be used toward a new device purchase. Read More


Apple to begin iPhone trade-in program in China, with Foxconn’s help

By Jake Smith on Mar 25, 2015

Bloomberg reports Apple plans to introduce an iPhone trade-in program in China, similar to what’s currently available from the company in the US, UK, India, and other countries. As China becomes one of Apple’s most important markets, the ability to sell more iPhones is always a plus. Read More


Research: 25% of smartphones in urban China are iPhones, Samsung overtakes Apple in US

By Jake Smith on Mar 4, 2015

Research-firm Kantar Worldpanel released a note on Tuesday showing the iPhone is seeing continued growth in China. During the three months ending in January 2015, Apple reached its highest ever marketshare in the urban parts of the country as one in every four smartphones sold were an iPhone.  Read More


Apple and other Western firms removed from China’s approved government purchase list

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Apple, along with other leading Western technology companies, has been taken off the list of approved tech companies for state purchases in China, Reuters reported last evening.

Apparently in response to widespread Western cyber-surveillance, companies like Apple, network equipment maker Cisco Systems and chip giant Intel have now been removed from the Central Government Procurement Center’s (CGPC) list.

The list, maintained and approved by China’s Ministry of Finance, covers regular spending by central ministries. Read More


New Apple Store in China has a free-floating second floor

By Jake Smith on Feb 19, 2015

On the surface, Apple’s new store in Hangzhou, China doesn’t look a lot different from other Apple Stores around the world – there’s plenty of glass to be found and wooden tables that house plenty of Apple products. However at a closer glance, the latest Apple Store designed by Foster + Partners is quite an architectural feat. Read More


Brand new Apple Store is opening in Tianjin, China this coming Saturday

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2015

Apple’s retail expansion in China, coinciding with the Chinese New Year festivities, continues unabated with a brand new store now scheduled to open in Tianjin on Saturday, February 7, at 10am local time, as noted on the company’s Chinese retail website.

The brick-and-mortar store is located near the Nankai District in the city of Tainjin, a metropolis in northern China and one of the five national central cities of the People’s Republic of China. Read More


Apple airs its first advertisement targeted specifically at China

By Jake Smith on Feb 1, 2015

No, not a Super Bowl advertisement.

The China arm of Apple has debuted its first television advertisement in the region on Sunday, during a time when China has been crucial to Apple’s quarterly profits.

The one minute and a half advertisement, shown on the Apple China website and titled “Start Something New”, is geared towards the Chinese New Year. It’s similar to the US Apple advertisement called “The Song”. Read More


Photos of Apple’s Chongqing store, opening tomorrow ahead of Chinese New Year

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2015

Apple is scheduled to open a new flagship retail store in Jiefangbei Square in Chongqing, China, its second store in the city.

The beautiful structure borrows Apple’s Pudong store design in Shanghai: an above-ground all-glass cylinder with an Apple logo and a hand-painted mural conceals the actual store located under street level.

Apple invited select members of the press on a tour of the Chongqing store ahead of the grand opening tomorrow at 10am local time and Chinese blog MacX posted a series of images showing the store’s deceptively large underground interior. Read More

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