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

 

Apple also becomes China’s #1 luxury gift provider

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

In addition to becoming the top smartphone seller in China (based on the 70 percent annual sales uptick in Greater China), Apple is now the top luxury gift provider in the country, knocking Hermès off the top spot, Reuters reported Thursday.

This is interesting because Hermès is a French manufacturer that was established back in 1837 and today specializes in a plethora of luxury products, ranging from leather and lifestyle accessories to perfumery and other luxury goods. Read More

 

China’s ludicrous new cybersecurity rules aimed at Western companies could hurt Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

The Chinese government has adopted new cybersecurity rules targeted at Western technology companies that are bound to give firms like Apple a major headache.

According to The New York Times on Thursday, the new rules require vendors that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code.

The Chinese government also requires that Western technology providers submit to “invasive audits” and even build backdoors into hardware and software. As a result, the Apples, Dells and HPs of this world are going to need to jump through more hoops to do business in China.  Read More

 

Apple now top smartphone vendor in China for first time, research says

By Jake Smith on Jan 27, 2015

Canalys is out with a note on Tuesday saying that Apple has garnered first place in the Chinese smartphone market for the first time by units shipped.

The research firm says the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were behind the large amount of growth in China in the fourth quarter of 2014, pushing the Cupertino-based company to the top spot. Read More

 

Here are the record numbers Wall Street analysts are expecting from Apple

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Apple is set to report its earnings for the Christmas quarter on Tuesday after the market closes. Before the numbers hit in roughly 24 hours, Bloomberg has averaged numbers from Wall Street analysts to see how the company may fare. And as Business Insider puts it, this earnings report is going to be the big oneRead More

 

Apple’s new store in China is all-glass cylinder covered by another breathtaking mural

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

New SVP of Retail and former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts said Apple’s retail presence in China is going to expand from 15 to 40 stores within two years.

And one of the new stores is opening this Sunday in Chongqing, a major metropolis in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities in the 1.33 billion people country.

Scheduled to open at 10am local time on Sunday, January 31, the store is officially called Jiefangbei. It’s even more gorgeous than the Pudong store in Shanghai and marks Apple’s second flagship outlet that uses its patented cylindrical glass entrance design.

Apple posted a video posted to its Chinese retail website ahead of grand opening. In it, the firm details a collaboration between China-based artist Yangyang Pan and US-based photographer and engineer Navid Baraty who joined forces to create a breathtaking mural art for the store. Read More

 

Apple expected to report selling more iPhones in China than in US

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2015

A report published Monday in The Financial Times newspaper suggests a tantalizing prospect for iPhone sales as Apple is expected to announce selling more handsets in China than in the United States when it reports fiscal 2015 first quarter earnings after the markets close tomorrow.

Headlined ‘China buying more iPhones than US,’ reporter Tim Bradshaw’s article cites reputable analysts who estimate that the Cupertino firm has “reached the turning point in iPhone sales” following the iPhone 6’s release in China and a landmark deal with China Mobile, the country’s largest network operator. Read More

 

Apple bows to pressure, consents to security audits of iPhones, iPads and Macs sold in China

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 23, 2015

CEO Tim Cook has agreed to allow Chinese government officials to conduct security audits on Apple devices sold in China, IDG News Service reported yesterday.

The surprising development comes amid tensions that have erupted in the 1.33 billion people country, Apple’s second largest market by revenue, over allegations that other governments are using Apple devices for surveillance and accusations of state-sponsored phishing attacks on Apple’s iCloud users. Read More

 
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