iPhone enthusiast and world traveller Scotty Allen has taken upon himself to build a fully functional, like-new iPhone 6s entirely from recycled parts purchased in China. After spending a cool $1,000 in parts, he used around $300 worth of parts in the actual phone, or less than half the price Apple is charging for a brand spanking new iPhone 6s.
He obtained a recycled logic board with the Touch ID sensor included and installed the display, the battery, the back casing and other components bought in Shenzen.
Apple announced on Friday that it will be building two additional research and development centers in China, its major market. The new facilities will be built in Shanghai and Suzhou, joining Apple’s upcoming R&D centers in Beijing and Shenzhen. All four facilities will open later in 2017. The company has allocated about 3.5 billion yuan, or approximately $507 million, on research institutions overall.
In celebration of Chinese New Year, Apple has launched a new section on its website in select Asian countries with exclusive wallpapers. The images feature contemporary versions of traditional “Nianhua” folk art, and they were created by 5 young Chinese artists using Mac and iOS devices.
Apple removed news apps created by The New York Times from the App Store in China late last month. The Times itself says that it spoke with the iPhone-maker, and it was told that the removal was in response to a request from Chinese authorities.
The Chinese government began blocking NYT websites in 2012, following a series of articles on the wealth amassed by the family of then-prime minister Wen Jiabao. This latest move limits access to one of its few remaining channels in the country.
Apple on Monday announced an upcoming promotion for Chinese New Year. The one-day sale, spotted by MacRumors on Apple’s Hong Kong website, provides free Beats Solo3 wireless headphones with the purchase of select Mac or iPhone models.
The promo begins on January 6 at 8:00 a.m. in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. The free Solo3 headphones will come in the red colorway, as red is believed to symbolize good fortune and joy, and is found everywhere during Chinese New Year.
Last month, Apple officially agreed to set up a research and development center in Indonesia. Now we learn from a report Monday by Chinese-language outlet Economic Daily News that the company’s allegedly partnered with contract manufacturer Foxconn to accelerate the planned expansion into the Southeast Asia region. The report was cited by Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes.