Taiwan’s Wistron, Compal listed in Apple supply chain

TaiwanTAIPEI — Taiwanese contract electronics makers Wistron Corp. (緯創) and Compal Electronics Inc. (仁寶) have been named as suppliers to Apple Inc., according to a report on the website of the U.S. electronics giant.  Wistron has been building iPhones, while Compal has been assembling iPads, Apple’s 2014 supplier report said Thursday.


Apple PC shipments to grow 10-15% in 2015, say Taiwan makers

TaiwanApple’s PC shipment performance will beat the industry’s average in 2015 as it did in 2014, and total shipments of its Mac-series notebooks and desktops are likely to grow 10-15% on year to 20-23 million units in 2015, from 19.59 million units shipped a year earlier, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.


Apple ties with Samsung as world’s top smartphone vendor

KoreaSEOUL: Apple caught up with Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2014, thanks to booming sales of its new iPhone 6, market researcher Strategy Analytics said Thursday (Jan 29). Apple reported a record net profit of US$18 billion in the quarter, on the back of what the California tech titan described as “staggering” iPhone 6 sales – especially in China.


Apple ropes in distribution giant Brightstar for India sales

IndiaNEW DELHI: Electronics giant Apple, the maker of iPhones and iPad, has decided to rope in global retail major Brightstar to sell its devices in India. Apple is looking to increase sales from 1 million units achieved in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, to as many as 7 million units by 2018. The US-headquartered Brightstar, controlled by Japanese telecom and internet giant Softbank, distributes mobile phones and other devices to more than 200 carriers in over 50 countries and has revenues of around $11 billion. It had recently bought a 51 per cent stake in (Bharti Enterprises chairman) Sunil Mittal’s Beetle Teletech.


Samsung Electronics to be main chip supplier for next iPhone: Report

KoreaSEOUL: South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be the main supplier of processors powering Apple Inc’s next iPhone, Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in the semiconductor industry.  Samsung will be responsible for around 75 per cent of the chip production for the next iPhone, the South Korean newspaper said.


HTC left far behind Apple in US cellphone market in Q4: survey

TaiwanTAIPEI–A poll among cellphone users in the United States found that Apple Inc. had the largest share of that market in the fourth quarter of last year, way ahead of Android phone makers like South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. and Taiwan’s HTC Corp. The survey, conducted by the Chicago-based Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), indicated that 50 percent of all phones sold in the U.S. during the October-December period last year were iPhones, a slight increase from the previous year when it was 48 percent.


Report: Apple agrees to Chinese security audits of its products

ChinaApple will allow China’s State Internet Information Office to run security audits on products the company sells in China in an effort to counter concerns that other governments are using its devices for surveillance, according to news reports. Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed to the security inspections during a December meeting in the U.S. with information office director Lu Wei, according to a story in the Beijing News.


Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6 ranks as top seller in local market

TaiwanTAIPEI — The iPhone 6, one of Apple Inc.’s newest smartphone models, ranked as the best-selling model in Taiwan for December 2014, industry sources said Friday. In addition, Apple grasped first place in both smartphone sales value and sales volume for the month, the sources said. Local consumers’ enthusiasm toward the two new iPhone models with larger displays — the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus — remained strong after the two models hit he local market in late September, the sources said.


iPhone hits record sales market share in South Korea, grows to 51% in Japan

KoreaApple’s iPhone is on a roll in a number of important Asian markets, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research (hat-tip to the Wall Street Journal for spotting this). The iPhone hit a record high sales market share in South Korea, accounting for 33 percent of monthly sales in the country in November. The stronger shipments of the iPhone in South Korea seem to have coincided with a big slip for Samsung:


Qld Police to get 5400 more iPads under re-elected LNP, from AU

Queensland’s LNP government has promised to add 5400 extra devices to the state police’s iPad fleet, a capability it expects will deliver efficiencies equivalent to 300 extra officers on the beat over four years. Less than two weeks out from the state election, Premier Campbell Newman pledged to boost the number of iPads on the beat to 8250, making it the largest law enforcement device fleet in the country by a significant margin.


Apple will open 5 new stores in China before Chinese New Year

Apple is continuing its aggressive retail expansion into the Middle Kingdom, with plans to open 5 new Apple stores in China in the early days of 2015. Prior to Spring Festival, the company has reportedly said it will open 5 new retail shops, including the new store in Zhengzhou that opened earlier this month. The next one on the list will be in Hangzhou, where doors will open at Apple’s new West Lake store on January 24.


Samsung and Globalfoundries reportedly win majority of A9 orders

Samsung Electronics and Globalfoundries have secured a combined 70% of orders for Apple’s A9 processors with their 14nm FinFET technology, according to industry sources. Samsung will be ready to produce 30,000-40,000 12-inch wafers monthly to meet demand on its 14nm process node, with the demand from both Apple and Samsung’s own handset division, said the sources. Samsung will also be building its next-generation Exynos processor on its own 14nm process.


Quanta ramping production of 12-inch MacBook Air, say supply chain sources

Taiwan-based ODM Quanta Computer has begun volume production of the new 12-inch MacBook Air, paving the way for Apple to launch the device in the first quarter of 2015, according to sources at Taiwan-based supply chain. Quanta has stepped up efforts to recruit more workers in order to ramp up the production, revealed the sources.


China smartphone maker Xiaomi wants to take a bite out of Apple

SHANGHAI–When the charismatic founder of upstart Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi took the stage at an Internet conference, he was open about his ambition: world domination. “In the next five to 10 years, Xiaomi has the opportunity to become the world’s number one smartphone company,” Lei Jun told the Chinese-organized World Internet Conference. Xiaomi, which takes its name from the Chinese word for millet, has excelled in China’s cut-throat smartphone market by delivering high-performance products at cheap prices.


Apple Watch May Run Samsung Processor

A new rumor suggests Apple might have contracted Samsung to be the primary manufacturer for the S1 chip, the processor inside the upcoming Apple Watch. Apple reportedly has acquired 3,000 to 4,000 12-inch wafers every month from Samsung, in an attempt to have sufficient hardware units before the launch in spring, according to ZDNet. Each 12-inch wafer has 700 processors, meaning Apple will be grabbing 2.5 million new processors every month. By the time the Apple Watch launches, Apple should have a healthy supply of available processors.


Xiaomi’s buying spree gives Apple, Samsung more reasons to sweat

BEIJING: Xiaomi zoomed past Apple and Samsung Electronics in China smartphone sales just three years after releasing its first model. Founder Lei Jun is now on a buying spree to take that momentum beyond handsets.  Since November, the maker of Mi devices has participated in more than $600 million of investments in three firms and announced it bought into dozens of startups making everything from an air purifier to low-energy light bulbs.


Infosys gifts 3,000 employees iPhone6 handsets

NEW DELHI: Ever since Chief Executive Vishal Sikka took the helm at Infosys, his focus has clearly been on the employees- from easing internal processes to encouraging out-of-the-box thinking. Now, possibly the first time ever, the IT outsourcing major has gifted some high performers Apple’s latest iPhones as a token of appreciation.


Samsung Beats Apple in Consumer Satisfaction in Mobiles

Samsung might be having some trouble, but that doesn’t mean its customers will have to suffer too. Though the Korean tech giant failed to generate much sales and interest for its current flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone as its biggest rival Apple did with iPhone 6, Samsung clearly outdid its competitor in terms of customer satisfaction. According to a recent consumer satisfaction survey involving 70,000 U.S. respondents, Samsung was given an overall customer satisfaction rating of 81 points out of 100, while Apple trailed at 79 points.


No, Xiaomi is not about to launch a MacBook Air clone

Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi was in the news a lot yesterday. The company announced a US$1.1 billion round of funding that values four-year-old Xiaomi at $45 billion, and then a number of sites ran with stories showing purportedly leaked photos (one is pictured above) of an upcoming Xiaomi laptop that looks like a MacBook Air. But that last story simply isn’t true, the firm stated today. “That’s false news,” says Kaylene Hong, Xiaomi’s communications manager, to Tech in Asia.


Taiwan says Xiaomi, Apple, Samsung, other smartphone brands don’t breach privacy rules

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s communication regulator on Tuesday said 12 mobile phone brands sold locally, including Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc, do not violate personal data protection laws.  Handsets made by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp, Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, LG Electronics Inc and Sony Corp also do not breach the laws, the National Communications Commission said.