Suppliers gearing up for production of iPhone 8’s curved-glass chassis

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

In 2017, the iPhone should undergo a top-to-bottom industrial design overhaul with a number of hardware improvements planned for the handset, such as a wraparound AMOLED display curved at both sides like that on Samsung’s Note 7 and the Galaxy S6/S7 range, as well as an all-new glass enclosure.

According to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report cited by DigiTimes, Taiwanese suppliers are now ordering machinery for the production of curved glass chassis for next year’s iPhone lineup. The glass casing should help differentiate the Tenth Anniversary iPhone, as the media affectionally calls the device, and give Apple fans more reasons to upgrade. Read More


Taiwanese pop idol claims he’s been photographed using dual-lens 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2016

Taiwanese pop singer, actor and race car driver Jimmy Lin is certainly no stranger to publicity stunts involving Apple leaks. In September 2012, for instance, Chinese social media lit up as he posted photos of himself using a then-unreleased iPhone 5.

Now, the attention-seeking star is back at it: he appears to have been photographed while using a dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus handset in Rose Gold. Read More


iTunes carrier billing expands in Japan, Taiwan and Switzerland

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

Following initial launch of iTunes carrier billing in Russia with Telefonica’s O2 and in Germany with VimpelCom’s Beeline unit nearly a year ago, Apple has now brought this alternative option to customers in Japan, Taiwan and Switzerland, according to reports from CNBC and Mashable.

Carrier billing lets customers without access to credit or gift cards have their app and media purchases charged directly to their monthly mobile phone bill or deducted from their prepaid amount. Read More


Apple confirms it will open its first retail store in Taiwan

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2016

Apple has confirmed to Reuters plans to open its first-ever retail store in Taiwan, where most of its suppliers and contract fabricators are located. The Cupertino company stopped short of revealing the exact location for the store, but speculation mounts that it will presumably be found in the capital of Taipei. Read More


Report: Apple working on advanced screen display tech that’s thinner, brighter, and lighter

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 14, 2015

A late evening report from Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan has shed a bit of light on Apple’s plans regarding the future of its display technology for iPhones, iPads, and other devices. Culpan’s report shows that Apple has opened a secret lab within a Taiwanese science park, and has no less than 50 engineers working on advanced versions of LCD and OLED display technology.

Apple’s goal, according to the report, is to create screens that are thinner, lighter, brighter, and more energy-efficient than the screen technology used in current production iPhones and iPads. The report emphasized Apple’s keen interest in OLED technology in particular, since it requires no backlight, a fact that can help meet the improvements in energy efficiency and thinness that the Cupertino firm is seeking.
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Japanese manufacturers banding together to secure more iPhone orders

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2015

Though designed in California, the vast majority of Apple’s products are being assembled in China using parts predominantly provided by the vast network of suppliers from Taiwan.

But that may be changing now as Japanese manufacturers are reportedly making a concerted effort to secure more iPhone orders from Apple, according to DigiTimes on Monday.

Citing industry sources, the trade publication claims that Japan-based printed circuit board manufacturer Ibiden has bolstered up its manufacturing capacity as it hopes to solicit more orders from Apple. Read More


Suppliers projecting 50M iPhone shipments in Q1

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2015

After shipping a record-smashing 74.5 million handsets during the holiday quarter, representing more than half of Apple’s total revenue for the quarter, the Cupertino firm could be poised to move about 50 million iPhone units in the first quarter of this year.

Tuesday, trade publication DigiTimes cited estimates by Taiwanese handset suppliers who expect shipments of iPhone devices to grow from the 43.7 million units in the year-ago quarter to as many as 50 million shipments in Q1 2015, a 14.4 percent annual increase. Read More


Launch of 12-inch Retina MacBook may be pushed back to 2015

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2014

Taiwan’s Economic Daily News is reporting tonight that the launch of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display may be pushed back due to Intel processor delays. The long-rumored hybrid laptop was expected to finally launch later this year.

The problem is, the new MacBook, said to strike a better balance of performance and portability, is believed to be tied to Intel’s 14-nanometer Broadwell chips. These chips have been delayed several times, and now may not land until 2015… Read More


Foxconn and Pegatron go on hiring sprees as iPhone 6 production ramps up

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 22, 2014

As the iPhone 6 enters production over the next few months, a new report claims that Apple manufacturing partners Foxconn and Pegatron are in the process of recruiting new employees from mainland China. Foxconn in particular is said to be hiring a record-breaking 100,000 employees to help assemble the smartphone, which could be released in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models…  Read More


Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission fines Apple $700k over iPhone pricing

By Cody Lee on Dec 26, 2013

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has been fined 20 million New Taiwan dollars, or roughly $670,000 USD, by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission for interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors’ pricing.

The Commission found Apple guilty of violating article 18 of the country’s Fair Trade Act after discovering emails from the Cupertino company to Taiwan’s three main service providers, telling them how much their iPhones should sell for… Read More


Foxconn starts selling own TVs in Taiwan

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2013

The New York Times in May said Apple’s favorite contract manufacturer Foxconn was looking beyond the iPhone due to slowing sales of the Apple smartphone caused by the broader tech biz slump. As you know, Foxconn also builds consumer electronics for Sony, Amazon, Dell and many other Western brands.

Conventional wisdom says the manufacturer’s been growing concerned about its reliance on Apple orders accounting for well over half of its total revenues. Today, The Wall Street Journal is out with a report saying Foxconn has teamed up with the convenience store chain 7-Eleven to push its own television sets in Taiwan.

Interestingly enough, it was reported last year that Apple had been working with Asian suppliers on several designs for its rumored TV sets that Foxconn was supposed to buildRead More


Apple said to be working with Corning, Foxconn and others to build iTV

By Cody Lee on Aug 16, 2013

Apple is in the early stages of building its long-rumored television set, working with glassmaker Corning, Foxconn, G-Tech Optoelectronics, Foxconn, and Innolux, according to a new report out of Taiwan this morning.

Citing supply chain sources, the outlet says that the companies all met two weeks ago in the US to discuss the production of Apple’s so-called iTV. The set will come in 55″ and 60″ models, and be available early next year… Read More


Apple on a hiring spree for Taiwan’s upcoming R&D center

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2013

Earlier in the month, VR-Zone learned Apple was looking to establish a research and development (R&D) center in Taiwan where talented engineers will be working on the next-generation of iPhone product development, reporting directly to Apple’s headquarters in California.

DigiTimes today expands on the story, reporting the company is now actively recruiting engineers to fill a bunch of various roles, including packaging, quality control, hardware and software. Apple’s recruiting efforts are said to have already attracted the attention of many IT engineers in Taiwan… Read More


Apple reportedly setting up R&D center in Taiwan to create future iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2013

It is no secret that Apple operates a few research and development centers overseas. In Israel, for instance, the company runs three R&D centers: one in Haifa, another stemming from its acquisition of the flash memory developer Anobit and the third opening soon in the Israeli city of Ra’anana.

Yet another R&D facility is scheduled to open later this year in Pudong, Shanghai and now we learn that an all-new R&D center dedicated to iPhone development will be opening in Taiwan, where most of Apple’s suppliers are located… Read More


Apple looking to add new Taiwanese suppliers to build 2014 iDevices

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2013

According to the latest chatter, Apple of California is looking to introduce new Taiwanese suppliers to its supply chain in a bid to diversify manufacture of iOS devices beyond the current production partners Foxconn and Pegatron.

The development comes just as Foxconn reported better-than-expected June quarter earnings on increased sales of its TV set making business.

Meanwhile, a city in China’s Henan Province is helping Foxconn increase its production capacity and inviting Apple to set up a domestic sales center… Read More


iPhone manufacturer Foxconn bids for Taiwan’s 4G mobile spectrum license

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 2, 2013

The world’s leading assembler of consumer electronics products and Apple’s favorite contract manufacturer, Foxconn, has submitted an application for a fourth-generation high-speed mobile spectrum license in Taiwan.

It’s the latest in a series of moves by Foxconn to untie its fortunes from Apple, currently accounting for more than half of the manufacturer’s revenue. For those who don’t keep track of these things: Foxconn already operates a chain of retail stores in Asia, makes television sets for Western brands and assembles products for a variety of technology giants (including Dell and Sony)… Read More


Apple continues with iWatch trademark filings in Mexico and Taiwan [updated]

By Cody Lee on Jul 1, 2013

It appears that Apple is really interested in securing the ‘iWatch’ trademark on a global scale. Hot on the heels of this morning’s report that it filed for the name in Japan, comes word that it has filed similar paperwork in both Mexico and Taiwan.

And the filings in these three countries follow a bid for the trademark in Russia, which was reported last month. So it would seem that there is at least some truth to the ongoing rumors that Apple is working on a wearable, smartwatch-like device… Read More


Foxconn chief talks diversification amid lack of Apple product launches

By Ed Sutherland on Jun 26, 2013

There is a ripple effect underway in the smartphone industry. As consumers shift from high-priced smartphones to basic lower-cost alternatives, companies such as Apple look to produce lower-priced handsets. The latest in line are manufacturers, such as Foxconn, which for years has tied its profit wagon to Apple’s success. Now comes word Foxconn’s parent company seeks to diversify into e-commerce and perhaps licensing its vast library of patents… Read More


iPhone 5 could hit Taiwan mid-December

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2012

If a report published Monday by Focus Taiwan is to be trusted, Taiwanese should have a chance to get their hands on the iPhone 5 starting December 14. Local carriers Far Eastone Telecommunications, Taiwan Mobile and Chunghwa Telecom all confirmed they are in the final stages of signing a distribution agreement with Apple as the sides are apparently working out the details. Taiwan’s carriers plan to start taking pre-orders for the device a week before the planned December 14 launch… Read More


Taiwan demands that Apple Maps obscure missile defense system images

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2012

Trashing Apple’s iOS 6 Maps has become a norm these days, so it’s good to know that some people are quite concerned by the precision and quality of satellite imagery Apple’s using for the feature. According to a new report, The Taiwanese government wants Apple to blur the images of its brand spanking new early warning radar station, located near the Hsinchu Airbase in northern Taiwan and worth $1.4 billion… Read More