Chinese supplier commits to 100% wind energy for all Apple operations

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

Apple today issued a press release updating the public on its environmental progress in China while applauding its supplier Lens Technology, which in an unprecedented move has committed to utilize 100 percent renewable energy in all its glass production for the Cupertino firm by 2018.

Lens will use wind energy to power its two facilities in Changsha, Hunan province which are used for Apple manufacturing. The move will avoid nearly 450,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to the energy use in 380,000 Chinese homes. Read More

 

Tim Cook resumes charm offensive in China, confirms Asia-Pacific R&D center

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 16, 2016

Tim Cook is on the road again, visiting China, where he’s promised to increase investment by opening up a research and development center in the increasingly tough 1.33 billion people market by the end of 2016. Cook has confirmed the move to Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, one of China’s most senior officials, Reuters reports this morning. Read More

 

Did China Unicom just hint at Deep Blue iPhone 7?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2016

Apple’s carrier partner China Unicom may have just hinted subtly that the next iPhone could come in an all-new Deep Blue colorway, as first suggested two months ago by the Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

According to Dutch blog TechTastic.nl, China Unicom on its Facebook page posted an image featuring an iPhone 7-like dual lens camera superimposed on a huge “7” surrounded by four squares that allude to existing Space Gray, Gold and Rose Gold colors, plus the rumored Deep Blue colorway.

Soon after, the carrier removed its post from Facebook. Read More

 

Apple-backed Didi Chuxing buys rival Uber China

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Now we (probably) know why Apple poured a cool $1 billion into China’s leading ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing as that company’s just invested—you guessed right—$1 billion into its biggest rival, Uber China. The transaction, subject to closing conditions, will also give a 20 percent stake in the combined firm for Uber and its shareholders, said Bloomberg. Read More

 

Apple has donated $1 million to help China’s flood relief efforts

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

Apple has donated one million dollars to help China’s flood relief efforts, USA Today reported yesterday. The 1.33 billion people country was recently hit by the worst flooding in years. The Cupertino firm is the first United States corporation that has donated to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) in this year’s flood, said the organization on its website. Read More

 

China’s media administrative wing sues Apple over 1990s war film

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 4, 2016

A subsidiary of China’s broadcasting regulator is taking Apple to court over showing a propaganda film which was released back in the 1990s, reports The Associated Press. The plaintiff—Movie Satellite Channel Program Production Center, which comes under the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television—alleges that the iPhone maker has infringed its exclusive online rights to broadcast its movie which depicts Chinese fighting against Japanese soldiers in northern China in the early 1930s. Read More

 

New Chinese regulations would have Apple track App Store users and developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

After ordering an iPhone 6 sales ban over alleged copyright infringement and shuttering the iBooks Store and iTunes Movies, Chinese regulators are now applying increased pressure on foreign technology companies doing business in the world’s most populous market of 1.35 billion people.

According to Bloomberg, firms like Apple that operate app stores in the country will be forced to track the identities of users and developers with real-name registration in case they violate the country’s stringent censorship laws. Read More

 

Grand opening of fifth Apple Store in Hong Kong scheduled for June 30

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Hong Kong, a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, will get its fifth Apple retail store a week from today on Thursday, June 30, Apple announced today. Located inside the New Town Plaza shopping mall at 18 Sha Tin Centre Street, the store will be open seven days a week between 10:00am to 10pm local time. Read More

 

Beijing court orders iPhone 6 sales ban over patent infringement, Apple to appeal ruling

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2016

Apple just hit yet another roadblock in China with news that the Beijing Intellectual Property Office (BJIPO) has ordered the company to halt sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the grounds that the Apple handset copied the design of the 100C smartphone, which is being produced by Shenzhen Baili, one of China’s phone vendors.

Apple has confirmed that it will challenge the sales ban by appealing to the Beijing Higher People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Court. Read More

 

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is concerned about Apple’s prospects in China

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2016

Activist investor Carl Icahn earlier this year sold his position in Apple, but that doesn’t mean he no longer thinks Apple is a lucrative stock to invest in. Quite the contrary, he’s made several billion dollars on Apple!

That being said, he would invest back in the Cupertino firm were it not for Apple’s prospects in China, which he doesn’t feel secure about although he’s adamant that CEO Tim Cook is “doing a good job”. Read More

 

New Apple Stores opening in China’s Tianjin and Shanghai this month

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016

According to a pair of notices on Apple’s Retail webpage, a new retail store is scheduled for grand opening in China’s Tianjin this coming Saturday, and another one the following Saturday in Shanghai.

The new Tianjin store is scheduled to open doors to shoppers on Saturday, June 11, while the new Shanghai location is opening on Saturday, June 18. Read More

 

Analyst: iPhone 8 will rock Galaxy Edge-like wraparound AMOLED screen

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2016

IHS Technologies analyst Kevin Wang writes on Chinese social network Weibo that the iPhone 8, which we believe will release in the fall of 2017, will come outfitted with a dual-curved display similar to that found on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7 edge, for a virtually bezel-less appearance. He also said just yesterday the next iPhone would replace the entry-level 16GB tier with a more capacious 32GB SKU. Read More

 

This multi-functional power bank charges your Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2016

The Computex 2016 exhibition show is underway in Taipei May 31-June 1 and hundreds of technology companies are showcasing their upcoming products and accessories.

One of them is a Chinese company, called Tama Electric, which showed off an interesting 6,000 mAh multi-functional portable power bank.

Designed to charge an iPhone or iPad via its built-in Lightning port, the accessory comes with a twist in the form of an embedded Apple Watch charging disc and an MFi-rated, 1.2-meter Lightning cable, allowing you to charge your wearable device on the go. Read More

 

Chinese government hopes Apple can provide “secure user experience”

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2016

Earlier in the week, Apple’s boss Tim Cook embarked on a charm offensive in China in an attempt to appease the government and its agencies, which have already forced the iPhone maker to shut down the iBooks and iTunes Movie stores in the massive 1.35 billion people market.

As noted by Reuters, in meeting with Cook in Beijing, head of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) underscored the importance of strong security of Apple’s products for the Chinese consumer. Read More

 

Apple just loves China these days

By Sébastien Page on May 17, 2016

Apple is having a hard time in China these days. The economy of Apple’s largest market after the US is slowing down, which led the company to sell not as many iPhones it would have hoped in the last quarter. Just as worrisome, Apple is also facing some pushback from the government, which recently shut down the iBooks and iTunes Movie Stores in the country. What’s Apple to do about it? Read More

 

Tim Cook talks Didi acquisition during China trip

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited an Apple Store in Beijing this morning with Liu Qing, president of Didi Chuxing, the company the iPhone maker invested an astounding $1 billion in.

Also called the Chinese Uber, Didi is a ride sharing service and Apple’s investment comes at a time when the Cupertino firm is widely rumored to be secretly working on an electric car project. Cook said Apple and Didi both shared concerns for the environment.

He also revealed, according to China Daily, that app developers in China have now earned over $7 billion, half of which came in the past twelve months alone. Read More

 

Apple invests $1 billion in Chinese ride sharing service Didi Chuxing

By Cody Lee on May 12, 2016

Apple on Thursday announced that it has invested $1 billion in Chinese Uber competitor Didi Chuxing, reports Reuters. Speaking with the outlet, Tim Cook said the venture will help his company “better understand the critical Chinese market.”

The move comes amidst slumping iPhone sales, which has driven Apple’s stock price down to $90 per share, and other struggles in China. Last month, the State Administration shut down the iBooks Store and iTunes Movie sales in the country. Read More

 

iBooks Store and iTunes Movies shut down in China by state agency

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2016

Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies have been shut down in China by a state agency, reports The New York Times. The outlet says the Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television was behind last week’s mysterious outage.

The shutdown occurred just six months after the two services were made available in the country. An Apple spokesperson said in a statement that the company “hopes to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible.” Read More

 

iTunes Movies and iBooks Store go offline in China without explanation

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 15, 2016

As of this morning, customers in China are unable to access Apple’s content stores for digital movies and books, the iTunes Store for Movies and the iBooks Store, as both services went offline last evening without explanation. These stores are now inaccessible in China on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, as well as on computers with iTunes.

No reason was give for the downtime and Apple had not commented on the move at post time, but AppleInsider has learned that it has something to do with the government’s pending investigation into Apple’s business practices. Read More

 

Preliminary numbers show strong iPhone SE interest in China with 3.4 million pre-orders

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2016

Apple’s new four-inch iPhone SE could prove very popular in China, Apple’s second largest market in terms of revenue, as launch weekend pre-orders from retailers have topped an estimated 3.4 million units, said CNBC on Monday. Data from local retailers reveals that Gold and Rose Gold are the most popular colorways among buyers in China. Those are preliminary figures: Apple has not publicly boasted about iPhone SE pre-orders as of yet. Read More

 
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