TSMC to manufacture fingerprint sensors for next iPhone

TaiwanTSMC will reportedly manufacture fingerprint sensors for use in the next-generation iPhone series at its 12-inch wafer fabs using 65nm process technology, according to industry sources. In response, TSMC said the company does not talk about any customer engagements. For existing iPhone models, fingerprint sensors are being built using TSMC’s 0.18-micron process at the foundry’s 8-inch facilities, the sources noted.


Samsung’s $930 million fine to be cut in Apple patent case

KoreaNEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple was handed a mixed ruling by a US appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics, as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone’s appearance could be protected was thrown out. That means up to 40% of a $930 million verdict which had been won by Apple must be reconsidered.


TSMC to make SSD controller chips for Apple, say sources

TaiwanTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reportedly has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, in addition to recent orders from Marvell Technology and Phison Electronics, according to industry sources. TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate the controller chips for Apple, widening TSMC’s market share against rival foundry houses including United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Globalfoundries in the segment, said the sources.


China to be Apple’s biggest market in 2 years: Tim Cook

ChinaBEIJING: Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview with news portal QQ.com has predicted that China will be the company’s largest market in two years. Visiting China, Cook announced Apple’s plans here include both a huge expansion in the number of Apple stores, and the introduction of Apple Pay, the company’s electronic payments system.  According to reports in Chinese media, the technology giant is talking to Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and to banks on plans to launch Apple Pay.


Apple beats Xiaomi on home turf, becomes No. 1

ChinaBEIJING: Apple has for the first time overtaken Xiaomi to become the largest vendor of smartphones in China, one of the world’s largest markets.  Apple grabbed 14.7% of market share in the first quarter of 2015, surpassing Xiaomi, which had a 13.7% share, according to market researcher the International Data Corporation (IDC).  The two companies were followed by state-owned Huawei, then Samsung and Lenovo.


Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet to take swipe at iPad in Taiwan

TaiwanMicrosoft launched its new Surface 3 tablet in Taiwan Tuesday, hoping that the convertible tablet computer with business software can take on Apple’s iPad. The Surface 3 is a cheaper and smaller version of the high-end Surface Pro 3 in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families, according to Microsoft. “We think the Surface 3 is better than the iPad,” Roan Kang, general manager of marketing and operations at Microsoft Taiwan, told a press conference to launch the tablet.


The Next iPhone Might Come From India, Not China

IndiaIt might not matter where your iPhone comes from, but given Foxconn’s past when it comes to manufacturing and staff treatment, it might be interesting to know the primary manufacturer for the iPhone and iPad is planning a move to India. It could be Foxconn’s fallen for the ‘Make in India’ initiative billed by the Indian government to get companies to manufacture goods in the country. The government claims it has an active workforce capable of providing solid performance, alongside excellent business laws and taxes.


iPhone sales in China surpass US for the first time

ChinaiPhone sales in China for the first time surpassed sales in the US in the first quarter thanks to the boost from the Chinese New Year holiday and Apple’s sales enforcement in the country, reports Sina’s tech news portal. Apple has invested a lot of money in China over the past few years and the investment has started to pay off, said Luca Maestri, Apple’s chief financial officer.


China ranks top in iOS downloads

ChinaiOS quarterly downloads grew 30% between Q1 2014 and Q1 2015, meaning China surpassed the US and is now the world leader in iOS downloads, according to App Annie, a mobile analytics company headquartered in San Francisco. Danielle Levitas, senior vice president of App Annie, revealed the news at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing on Wednesday. Download growth translates into iOS App Store revenue gains. From Q1 2014 to Q1 2015, revenue in China grew 90% compared to 30% in the US and 50% in Japan. “China grew more quickly to narrow that gap,” she said.


Apple announces strong second quarter in Asia, and record-breaking numbers in China

ChinaApple today announced its financial results for what it terms the second quarter of 2015, and by all accounts, things went well. The company posted strong numbers across the board, but nowhere were they stronger than in Asia, where Apple’s mobile products performed particularly well. In the company’s Q2 earnings call, CFO Luca Maestri revealed that Apple set an all-time quarterly record for revenue in China, taking in US$16.8 billion during the quarter (up 77.8 percent year-on-year).


Thanks to China, Android apps now make more money than iOS apps

ChinaA new report (paywall) today from tech-focused investment bank Digi-Capital shows, for the first time, Android apps made more money than iOS apps in 2014. But before you switch to an Android-first development schedule, keep in mind that iOS apps are still far more lucrative on a per download basis. The wider proliferation of Android devices across the world means Android makes more as a gross total, despite iPhone owners spending much more on apps than their Android counterparts.


Over 60 million iPhone 6s to be shipped in 2Q15, say Taiwan makers

TaiwaniPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shipments in the second quarter of 2015 are expected to exceed 60 million units, more than the originally expected 50 million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. As the sales performance for the iPhone 6 series has been better than originally estimated, Apple may defer the launch of new iPhone models, the sources guessed.


Apple Solar Project in China Hailed as Important First Step

ChinaApple is investing in a new Chinese solar power project as part of a larger push to use sustainable resources internationally. The Apple solar investment is for a project with capacity of 40 megawatts, or enough to power 20 corporate offices and 20 retail stores in China and Hong Kong. The plant is being built in partnership with U.S.-based SunPower as well as four Chinese firms. Apple now uses renewable energy for 87 percent of its facilities worldwide and the company’s data center energy supply is100 percent renewable, making it aGreenpeace darling.


Court details why it sided with Apple in Siri patent case

ChinaBeijing Higher People’s Court explained why it asked a Chinese government agency to review a company’s voice recognition patent validity, which has a dispute with Apple. On Tuesday, the court ruled in favor of Apple for a patent case. It said the voice recognition patent of Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology should be declared invalid and asked the Patent Review Committee under the State Intellectual Property Office to review it.


Chinese smartwatch makers say clock ticking for Apple

China.gifSHENZEN: The Apple Watch goes on sale but Chinese factories are already churning out cheaper alternatives, to the delight of local consumers.  “Our product has all the functions Apple Watch has, and even surpasses them,” said Zheng Yi, founder of a firm whose electronic watches can make phone calls, browse the internet and play movies.  His profits may lag behind the US tech giant, but Zheng told AFP he “started working on smart watches eight years ago, long before before Apple”.


Line announces that it’s coming to Apple Watch

JapanToday, Japan’s Line messaging app announced via the company’s website that it will support the Apple Watch. Users of the Line smartphone app will be able to link the app with their Watch to view and send messages on their wrist. And – of course – you don’t have to reply with your voice, as the Line Watch app will also support messaging with stickers and emoji.


Foxconn may produce iPhone in India: report

IndiaIndia’s Economic Times reported Saturday that the Foxconn Technology Group will soon invest in three new production units in India that could be used in part to assemble iPhones for Apple. Foxconn, the trading name of the Taiwan-headquartered Hon Hai Precision Industry, is planning production facilities in the states of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh and a trial unit geared toward R&D and new product development in Andhra Pradesh, the report said.


NSW govt embraces PayPal, Apple Pay, from AU

AustraliaNSW residents should be able to pay for a licence renewal or parking fine with PayPal, Apple Pay from their smartphone, or streamlined credit card payment processes like Visa Checkout within 12 months.  NSW Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet today announced the state government would integrate the modern payment capabilities into Service NSW’s new whole-of-government payments platform.


Apple begins reselling used iPhones in China

China.gifApple has teamed up with Foxconn to sell second-hand iPhones, Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily reports. Apple will reclaim the used iPhone smartphones and resell them to consumers after maintenance via Foxconn’s e-commerce subsidiaries, eFeihu and FLNet. Initial cooperation will focus on the iPhone4 and later models, as well as the iPad series. According to Apple, it will buy back used iPhone4S models for 500 yuan (US$81), and resell them for 899 yuan (US$145) with a one-year guarantee.


This is what Tokyo’s Apple Watch Store opening looked like

JapanWith decidedly less fanfare than a new iPhone launch, Apple opened the doors of its Apple Watch Store in Tokyo this morning. While it didn’t appear that anyone camped out for weeks (or even overnight), several hundred Apple devotees, members of the international press, and curious fashionistas queued up for a chance to try on – and perhaps pre-order – Apple’s first entirely new gadget since it launched the iPad five years ago.