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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 16, 2016
Stock, non-jailbroken iOS devices appear to be vulnerable to a new security threat; a trojan known as AceDeceiver, which can be installed on an iOS device without the user’s knowledge and without the help of an enterprise certificate. Once installed, it will spread malware and unwanted software to the user’s device.
AceDeceiver only seems to be affecting those located in China at this point in time, but because that could change on the fly, you need to know how to protect yourself so similar threats don’t affect users across the globe in the future. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2016
The official launch of Apple Pay in China didn’t go as smoothly as hoped as a lot of users faced problems trying to link their credit cards to their accounts. According to local reports collected by Mashable, Apple may have underestimated the demand from China as its servers struggled to keep up with a huge rush of people trying to sign up for the service. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2016
In a move that could really help open up the market for Apple Pay, Apple just announced that its mobile payment service has expanded to China, the 1.33 billion people market.
“You can now support Apple Pay for your customers in China, providing an easy, secure, and private way for them to pay using their China UnionPay credit and debit cards,” reads an update on Apple’s portal for developers. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016
When deciding what iPhone to buy so you end up with the right amount of storage capacity, you can get the bare-bones $16GB model, or you can end up with an upgraded 64GB, or 128GB model, which are probably your best bets with the new video cameras capable of recording at 4K quality.
That’s not to say you won’t pay a pretty penny though; moving up to 64GB from 16GB is $100 more, and moving up to 128GB from 16GB is a staggering $200 more. But if paying that much more for a storage upgrade is going to be too much for you, then you’ll be happy to know there are cheaper alternatives, so long as visiting Shenzhen, China is on your bucket list for the near future. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 21, 2016
In December 2015, Apple officially confirmed plans to roll out its mobile payment service in China in co-operation with UnionPay, as soon as early-2016. Well, here we are in 2016 and a pair of videos discovered by MacRumors gives us a good indication that Apple Pay might be on the verge of launching in the 1.33 billion people market.
The videos show a customer choosing a UnionPay card in Apple Pay and completing a purchase at McDonald’s by holding their iPhone near a QuickPass-enabled Verifone payment terminal. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016
Apple will sell some new, exclusive Apple Watch Sport designs to celebrate the Chinese New Year, MacRumors said Tuesday. As evidenced by Apple’s websites in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, the new models of the Apple Watch Sport will be available in the aforementioned countries until February 22.
That information was briefly available on the website before being removed earlier today. With a rumored Apple Watch 2 media event planned for March, Apple is likely to roll out additional bands to accompany the launch of a second-generation Apple Watch. Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 17, 2015
Apple on Thursday announced that it has reached a deal with China UnionPay to bring Apple Pay to China in early 2016. The partnership will allow UnionPay cardholders to take advantage of Apple’s mobile payment system on iPhone, Apple Watch and within apps on iPad.
Using Apple Pay in Chinese stores will be as simple as holding your iPhone near a UnionPay QuickPass-enabled POS terminal with your finger on Touch ID. And with Apple Watch, you’ll be able to double click the side button and hold the watch face up to the contactless reader. Read More