Goodpatch, the Japanese design firm turning heads in Tokyo, has a new tool for designers and developers. Prott, the startup’s new prototyping tool (also available in English) can now be used to design apps for the Apple Watch. They are not the first team to release a prototyping tool. Take a look around and there are a number of alternatives. Prott’s Apple Watch support is notable for being developed in a three-hour design sprint. Also, leading firms like DeNA, IDEO, and Yahoo Japan are all paying customers of the prototyping service.
Telstra has been forced to pay $102,000 for misleading customers about the true cost of one of its iPhone 6 plans. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today said it had issued an infringement notice against Telstra over an ad placed by the telco in a newspaper in late September for the smartphone. The consumer watchdog said Telstra had advertised the iPhone 6 plan as costing $70 per month, neglecting to highlight an extra $11 customers would have to pay for the handset itself.
Apple can have access to China, as long as it protects users’ privacy, a top Chinese official told the company’s CEO last week. The head of the country’s Cyberspace Administration, Lu Wei, met with Apple’s Tim Cook on Saturday as part of a visit to the company, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said in a Monday report.
Apple will open a technology development center just outside of Tokyo, a move that will bring it closer to parts suppliers. “We’re excited to expand our operations in Japan with a new Technical Development Center in Yokohama which will create dozens of new jobs,” Apple spokesman Takashi Takebayashi said via email. He wouldn’t say why Apple is building the facility but stressed it is not an R&D center.
Globalfoundries is striving to be among the major contract chipmakers of Qualcomm and Apple, vying for 14nm chip orders from the two vendors, according to industry sources. Globalfoundries has successfully obtained 14nm chip orders from AMD, previously the parent company of the foundry, said the sources. AMD also has 20nm and 28nm chips made at Globalfoundries.
NEW DELHI: Apple, the Cupertino-based world’s most valuable electronics maker, has decided to go big in India. After being on the fringes for long, the company is finally set to cut loose in the fast-growing Indian phone market. The world’s most admired electronics brand – that sells devices such as the iPhone, iPad tablet and iPod media player – plans 500 ‘iOS’ stores in the country in its first major push that will include moving into smaller towns and cities.
Apple’s attempt to claim trademark ownership over the term ‘App Store’ has been thrown out of the Federal Court. Apple took the Australian Registrar of Trademarks to court mid last year after the Office refused Apple’s trademark application for the term, arguing ‘App Store’ did not distinguish Apple’s services from similar offerings.
Thanks to Sony quitting the notebook market and Apple’s price cuts, MacBook shipments in 2014 are expected to grow over 15% on year, the highest growth among the top-10 vendors. But Apple’s iPad shipments are expected to see a decline in the year. In 2015, Digitimes Research estimates that MacBook shipments will grow further, but iPad shipments are expected to continue decreasing to reach around 55 million units.
Australia has a better prepared payment ecosystem for Apple Pay than the US, according to Infosys. Consulting and systems integration managing partner, Robert Liong, said all payments terminals in Australia are already accepting EMV chip and PIN-based cards.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to secure a combined 40-50% of Apple’s A9 processor orders for next-generation iPad and iPhone devices, according to industry sources. TSMC has declined to comment on the speculation. TSMC is believed to have grabbed the entire A9 chip orders for use in Apple’s next iPad devices, said the sources.
Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics ranked as the top-three smartphone vendors globally in the third quarter as well as the first three quarters of 2014, based on third-quarter reports released by individual vendors and data from makers in the supply chain, according to Digitimes Research. China-based vendors Huawei, Xiaomi Technology and Lenovo took the fourth, fifth and seventh positions, respectively, during the same period, Digitimes Research added.
Apple today announced it had struck a deal with UnionPay, China’s most popular credit and debit card system, to accept payments for digital goods on its App Store. “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s executive in charge of its Internet software and services division, said in a statement Monday.
Some apps in China’s iOS App Store are now available for a mere RMB 1 – that’s US$0.16. It’s the cheapest rate for a paid app anywhere in the world. The lowest paid tier in the China App Store used to be a more conventional RMB 6 (US$0.98), which equates to the US$0.99 level in the US App Store. Apps and games such as Plague Inc, Limbo, Doodle Jump, and GoodReader are now available in the China App Store for a mere 16 cents.
WUZHEN, CHINA: Top executives from US technology giant Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at a Chinese Internet conference, acknowledging the fierce competition between the rivals. Apple’s iPhones and iPads are wildly popular in China, encouraging smuggling and crowds at the company’s stores as consumers try to lay their hands on the latest products.
There have been many speculations circulating about Apple’s A9 processors, which are to be used in next-generation iPhone and iPad devices in 2015. Earlier, some reports indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was likely to take up the majority of the A9 orders to be released by Apple. And later Digitimes was told that TSMC and Samsung Electronics were still in the race for the application processor (AP) orders.
Although far more people use Android phones, China’s iOS users already outspend their Android brethren when it comes to dollars being dropped in the App Store. And yesterday, Apple announced a change that could push the balance even further in its favor: it has has added UnionPay as a payment option for customers in China. UnionPay, for those who don’t know, is China’s only domestic bank card organization.
Due to the fast sales of Apple’s new products, Hon Hai achieved combined operating revenue of NTD468.999 billion, which was about CNY94 billion, in October 2014, representing a year-on-year increase of 22.58% and an increase of 12.9% compared with September 2014. Hon Hai revealed that its combined operating revenue in October 2014 was the second highest monthly revenue in the company’s history, which was only second to its NTD490.931 billion revenue in December 2013.
TAIPEI — Analysts on Tuesday attributed the 10-percent month-on-month sales rise posted in October by Hon Hai (鴻海) Precision Industry Co., the world’s largest contract electronics maker, to rising orders from Apple Inc. Hon Hai, which assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple, has been dubbed one of the most important “Apple concept stocks” in the local market as the U.S. consumer electronics giant accounts for more than 40 percent of Hon Hai’s total sales.
U.S.-based online researcher Palo Alto Networks reports that new malware targeted at Apple’s OS X and iOS devices is affecting thousands of users. The new malware, named WireLucker, originated in the Chinese region and has been affecting users the most in China. This is a far cry from Apple’s normal impenetrable platforms, known for having strong security standards.
Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are still in the race for orders for next-generation SoCs from Apple, which is expected to confirm the chip supplier or suppliers by the end of 2014, according to industry sources. Samsung has offered lower quotes to attract Apple’s A9 SoC orders, said the sources. The Korea-based firm is also able to provide Apple the manufacture of other chips such as flash memory and backend services in-house.