By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2014
First Russian, and now China. Just as news hit us a week ago that the Russian government is demanding access to the source code for Apple software to ensure it isn’t enabling U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on the 145 million country, Bloomberg Wednesday reported that the Chinese government has taken Apple’s iPad tablets and MacBook notebooks off the procurement list.
As a result, no government agency in China is allowed to buy Apple products with public money.
While government purchases are not a major sales driver for Apple, it’s worth remembering that China is home to 1.33 billion people and filing as Apple’s third-biggest market by revenue… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2014
If the very thought of waiting until September when Apple is expected to formally announce its next iPhone is making you nervous and edgy because you simply need an iPhone 6 now, your best bet is one of the iPhone 6 knock-offs that are now cropping up all over the place in China.
Granted, it’s easy to make the argument that Apple should send its legal sharks after China’s well-versed knock-off makers and put a stop to them.
However, these iPhone 6 lookalikes are already here and not really going anywhere, as is limned in a pair of videos embedded right after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 13, 2014
Last week, China’s state-run China Central Television broadcasted a report that labeled the iPhone as a “national security concern.” More specifically, the CCTV criticized the “frequent locations” function in iOS 7, which records time and location for the owner’s movements.
Yesterday, Apple issued an official response to the report on its Chinese website. The statement reaffirms the company’s commitment to privacy, and states that the Location Services found in the iOS firmware are only used to help users for activities that require navigation… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jul 11, 2014
The WSJ is out this morning with a piece based on a report recently broadcasted on the state-run China Central Television, quoting the iPhone location tracking feature as a “national security concern.” Nevermind the fact that you can turn off the feature.
As the largest market, one that is greatly untapped, China is a big bet for Apple, and just about any other company. With 6% of the Chinese smartphone market share, Apple is trailing behind the competition, most notably, Samsung, and Xiaomi, but it didn’t stop the Chinese broadcaster to make Apple the main target… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2014
Apple’s ability to use Siri as a competitive weapon in the 1.33 billion people market of China – its second-largest market by revenue – could be compromised. A Beijing court has now ruled against Apple by upholding the validity of a patent related to the personal assistant feature held by a Chinese company called Zhizhen Network Technology.
The ruling clears the way for Zhizhen to continue its own case patent infringement case against Apple. Specifically, the Shanghai-based firm is now asking the court to block Apple from selling devices with Siri installed. The iPhone maker is of course expected to appeal the verdict… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on May 30, 2014
There has been an abundance of iPhone 6 rumors and leaks over the past several months, ranging from alleged photos of the back cover and backlight panels to 3D printed mockup models and purported cases for the 5.5-inch smartphone. But the leaked information could be coming to a halt, as the well-connected Sonny Dickson tweets that Apple has enlisted the help of 200 security officers in China to catch anyone suspected of selling iPhone 6 accessories… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 13, 2014
According to a new report, the incoming iPhone 6 is going to feature support for NFC technology (or near field communications). Citing sources ‘close to the matter,’ New York news outlet Brightwire says Apple is planning to utilize the wireless tech in a future mobile payment system.
In fact, Brightwire claims that Tim Cook and company have already inked a deal with China UnionPay service. And under that deal, users will be able to make mobile payments on over 3 million China UnionPay ‘QuickPass’ POS machines in the country using Passbook on their iPhones… Read More
By Jake Smith on Apr 15, 2014
App Store downloads and sales have risen vastly in China, following the deal between Apple and China Mobile to launch the iPhone on the world’s-largest carrier during the first quarter of 2014.
Research website App Annie found in a report released Tuesday morning that China was the key market for iOS App Store growth during the first quarter of 2014, boosting revenue on the China App Store up around 70 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Mar 31, 2014
Do you remember these two new iPad models that were discovered following the recent release of iOS 7.1? At the time, we speculated that these were likely releases for future versions of the iPad in China – and we were right.
Apple just announced the launch of TD-LTE iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display models, bringing high-speed performances to its customers in China… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 20, 2014
China Mobile with its 776 million customers is the world’s largest wireless carrier by subscribers and it’s been selling Apple’s iPhone for two months now. So how many iPhone units did the carrier move?
According to media reports Wednesday, China Mobile’s CEO Li Yue has confirmed that his company has managed to add one million new iPhone users last month since offering the device in mid-January.
To give you some context, that’s a nice 75 percent share of the 1.34 million 4G-capable smartphones the carrier moved in February… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 18, 2014
Apple’s newly launched cheaper iPhone 5c model with eight gigabytes of storage is only available in select few markets, a spokesperson for the company confirmed Tuesday. The device is available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and China. It is not, however, on sale in the United States, for the time being.
By comparison, the relaunched fourth-generation iPad with Retina display is available across all territories because that device is a replacement for the company’s phased-out iPad 2 and now represents the new entry-level, full-size iPad offering. The introduction of the entry-level 8GB iPhone 5c is largely viewed as an effort to help boost the device’s lagging sales… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2014
According to a report by China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, Apple is suing both the country’s State Intellectual Property Office and Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology. The main point of contention: patent rights to Siri.
Now, eagled-eyed readers may remember that Zhizhen back in July of 2012 actually filed a case first against Apple as it felt Siri had infringed upon its patent for an instant messaging chat bot system called Xiaoi Bot.
Apple asked China’s State Intellectual Property Office, which is in charge of patent rights protection in China, to invalidate Zhizhen’s patent, but the request was declined. In turn, Apple is now suing both the patent office and Zhizhen… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2014
Following notable excerpts from Daisuke Wakabayashi’s interview with Tim Cook in The Wall Street Journal, the financial newspaper has now posted the whole thing on its Digits blog.
The full interview gives us a more detailed insight into the mindset of Tim Cook’s Apple as the CEO discusses recent topics of interest, including Lenovo’s $2.9 billion purchase of Google’s Motorola Mobility unit and additional information regarding Apple’s share buyback program.
He also took time to touch upon the ongoing discussion concerning supposedly bigger iPhones in the pipeline, the current products not yet hitting the ceiling and lots more. I’ve included the best quotes and tidbits for your reading pleasure after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2014
China Mobile‘s highly anticipated iPhone launch is now in full swing over in Beijing. After years of failed negotiations, Apple finally inked a deal with the carrier last month, giving it access to the worlds-largest subscriber base of 750+ million people.
We’ve been talking about the importance of this partnership for months now, but for those that needed a reminder, Tim Cook showed up in person at this morning’s launch. The CEO took photos, signed autographs and even answered a few questions… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2014
Hot on the heels of a report claiming that Apple had shipped 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile for its big launch this Friday comes word from the carrier’s Chairman Xi Guohua that the total number of iPhone orders is in the ‘multi-millions.’
After years of negotiations, Apple finally inked a deal with China Mobile last month and is set to begin offering iPhones through the provider this weekend for the first time ever. But according to Tim Cook, this is just the beginning of things to come… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 14, 2014
After several years of negotiations, and following months of rumors, Apple announced in December that it had finally inked a deal with China Mobile. The carrier will officially start offering the company’s smartphone on January 17.
And it looks like they’re expecting a big turnout. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple supplier Foxconn has shipped roughly 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile ahead of Friday’s historic launch… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 9, 2014
As promised, Apple kicked its ‘Red Friday’ sales event off today in several Asian countries to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Unlike the recent Black Friday event it held here in the US, Apple is offering cash discounts on its products—not gift cards.
Also different is the fact that the Red Friday promotion includes price cuts on all current iPhone models and the new Retina iPad mini. Apple doesn’t usually discount its handsets, as they are extremely popular and provide (by far) the largest margins… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2014
According to a new report this morning, Apple has opened an official store on popular Chinese e-commerce site Tmall. The move serves as the company’s latest play in an ongoing effort to boost its device sales and overall presence in the country.
For those unfamiliar with Tmall, it’s a major online marketplace run by the Alibaba Group. It’s sort of like an online mall, with high profile brands like Nike and Levi’s paying the required deposit to create a digital forefront and peddle their wares… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2014
Apple has announced that it will be holding a one-day special sales event in a number of key Asian markets this coming Friday, January 10.
The promotion known as Red Friday is in celebration of the Lunar New Year, which refers to the beginning of the year in several calendars across Asia. The shopping event actually takes place three weeks before the Lunar New Year.
Red Friday is akin to Black Friday in the United States, the Friday following Thanksgiving Day (the fourth Thursday of November) which unofficially marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the States.
And what surprises and discounts does Apple have in store for its customers in Asia? Read on for the full reveal… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2014
Since just before Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s last September, we’ve been hearing rumors that the company’s eighth-generation handset is going to feature a larger display. Reports are calling for sizes from 4.8-inches all the way up to 6-inches.
But there’s also another theory—first started by Reuters last June—going around that Apple is working on two larger screen iPhone models: one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.7-inch display. And a new report out of China adds to the mix… Read More