International

Apple to host satellite stream of October 22 event in London

Earlier today, Apple sent out invitations to an October 22 media event saying “we still have a lot to cover.” It’s believed it will focus on the new iPad and iPad mini, but new MacBooks and OS X Mavericks are also expected to get stage time.

The event itself will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. But according to a new report, Apple plans to stream the keynote to a separate London satellite event to cater to media members not located in the US…

T-Mobile offering unlimited texting and 2G data in 100 countries

T-Mobile announced some major changes to its ‘Un-carrier’ smartphone plans last night. In addition to unlimited texting and data here in the US, the provider is now offering free unlimited texting and 2G data in 100 major countries.

“There’s just so many pieces of data that suggest to us this is a huge issue and pain point,” says T-Mobile CEO John Legere. Legere notes that over 40% of customers turn off their phones while overseas in an effort to avoid high charges…

Apple’s iPhone trade-in program reportedly headed to the UK

Following rumors and speculation, Apple officially launched its iPhone trade-in program on August 30. Available in all US Apple Stores, customers can use the program to turn their old iPhones into cash—up to $280.

At the moment, Apple is only accepting trade-ins in the United States, but that could be changing soon. According to a new report, the company has plans to launch the program in the UK within the next few months…

Apple’s third-party USB adapter trade-in program now available in 30 countries

Following a handful of fatal electrocutions in China due to the use of unauthorized chargers, Apple unveiled a new USB Power Adapter Takeback Program earlier this month to “enable customers to acquire properly designed adapters.”

The program, which allows folks to turn in their third-party adapters for recycling, or trade them in towards the purchase of an Apple-branded adapter, officially launched yesterday, and it’s now available in 30 countries around the globe…

New map graphic shows how massive Apple’s supply chain really is

When you think about Apple’s supply chain, the first—and only, for some—place that comes to mind is China. Images start propagating in the mind of oft-reported impoverished plants with thousands of factory workers building iPhones and iPads. But there’s much more to it.

The truth is, Apple’s supply chain is far more expansive, reaching all the way around the globe. As this new interactive map shows, the company receives components from suppliers, and production support, from the United States, Australia, Brazil and several other places…

Apple expanding LTE support to 36 new carriers next week

During Apple’s quarterly earnings call yesterday, Tim Cook announced that Apple would be adding 36 additional carriers to the list of compatible LTE providers for its iPhones and iPads next week.

The good news is, Cook says these carriers will be in countries that are not currently supporting LTE. So for those of you who have a 4G iPhone or iPad and don’t currently get LTE, be on the lookout…

Google+ iOS apps land in 48 new countries and territories

Google’s social network may have gotten off to a rocky start, but through perseverance and a string of handsome mobile app updates, it’s managed to turn the service into a hit. As of last month, it had more than 500 million users, with 235 million being active.

And that number could see a small bump this weekend, as the search giant just announced that it has launched its two iOS Google+ apps in 48 new countries and territories this week, including Barbados and the Ukraine. We’ve got the full list after the fold…

New iPads to support 19 LTE networks at launch

Both of Apple’s new tablets it introduced today — the iPad mini and the 4th generation iPad — come in a Wi-Fi + Cellular option that features an LTE chip for ultra fast wireless internet access.

And unlike with the third generation iPad, these two tablets will work on LTE networks around the world. In fact, Apple says that 19 carriers in 9 countries will support the 4G slates at launch…

Brazil approves iPhone 5 for sale, may see Portuguese support for Siri

In addition to this morning’s story that the iPhone 5 will launch in India at the end of the month, another report has surfaced regarding international availability of Apple’s latest handset.

The report claims that Brazil’s telecommunications regulatory authority has just approved the iPhone 5 for sale in the country. And word is, Siri has learned how to speak Portuguese…

Apple rolls out TV shows in the Cloud to Germany and Switzerland

Good news today for folks in Germany and Switzerland. Reports are coming in this afternoon that Apple has recently started rolling out ‘TV shows in the Cloud’ in the two countries.

For those unfamiliar with the feature, it allows users to replay previously purchased TV shows through the Purchased tab in iTunes and on iOS devices, including the Apple TV…

Messages app now automatically switches to the last international keyboard used in a conversation

If like me you use two or more international keyboards when typing Messages on your iPhone, you know it can sometimes be a bit frustrating to have to switch between them. As a matter of fact, I’ve wished iOS could automatically figure out what keyboard to use for a while. And I’m hardly the only one. A few months ago, MacStories’ Federico Viticci tweeted that iMessage should be able to automatically switch international keyboards based on the recipient’s language.

It seems that someone at Apple heard him, as this is now a feature in iOS 6…

WSJ says the iPhone 5 will support LTE around the world

While it’s been assumed for quite some time that Apple’s next smartphone would run on LTE networks here in the US, it’s been a mystery as to whether it would do so outside of the US. The latest iPad’s LTE only works in the US and Canada.

Well it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case with the new iPhone. According to a new report, citing the usual “people familiar with the matter,” Apple’s sixth-generation handset will support long term evolution networks around the globe….