BEIJING: Apple Inc chief executive Tim Cook was quoted on Friday as saying he had “very open” talks on privacy and security with a senior Chinese official, days after a web monitoring group linked the government to a hack into Apple’s iCloud service in China. Cook’s remarks, made in an interview to the official Xinhua news agency, were his first public comments since meeting Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday.
St George Bank has activated Touch ID login for its iOS mobile application following the successful implementation and trials of the biometric technology by subsidiary, Bank of Melbourne. iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus users who own a St George account can now use Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to log into the app rather than typing account details each time. Support for the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to go live “in the coming months”.
Under SingTel’s pricing model, consumers pay less for the tablet devices upfront, but will incur a S$15 top-up fee over 24 months in addition to their monthly subscriptions. StarHub also announced it would start sales on Saturday. SingTel on Friday (Oct 24) started offering Apple’s latest iPads – the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 – while competing telco StarHub said it would start sales for the two devices from Saturday.
[BEIJING] Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company is planning to open 25 retail stores in China within the next two years, according to a Chinese transcript of an interview posted by web portal Sina.com. Apple, which currently earns about 15 per cent of its revenue in Greater China, has 15 outlets in the country. The Apple chief executive made similar comments Monday on the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call. “We’re investing like crazy in the market,” Cook said on the call.
Strong demand for Apple’s iPhone 6 has boosted Pegatron Technology’s orders for 2014 and the maker is expected to ship close to 25 million units before the end of 2014, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will also deliver about 25 million units during the period, bringing iPhone 6 overall shipments to 50 million units in 2014. These estimates do not include shipments of the iPhone 6 Plus.
Digitimes Research believes Apple is planning to sacrifice its gross margins to save its tablet business, which has already fallen into decline. Apple’s entry into price competition is also expected to impact sales of its competitors’ high-end tablets. Compared to the iPad Air’s significant upgrades in 2013, the iPad Air 2’s hardware improvements are a lot smaller, while the iPad mini 3, except for the addition of Touch ID functions, has almost no changes in specifications or industrial design.
(Updated on October 23: Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook held talks in Beijing with Vice Premier Ma Kai “on user data protection.” Apple has acknowledged concerns about iCloud lapses in China (see this new support page) but has not apportioned blame for the attacks. GreatFire reported on October 20, shortly after this post was published, that Apple promptly changed the iCloud.com DNS in China so as to avoid the attack. Today Cook tweeted a photo of his visit to a Foxconn factory. Note: this article was published originally on October 20.)
MUMBAI: Apple’s India unit has cracked down on misuse of its discount programme that offers lower prices on computers for students, terminating its contract with a reseller and barring three others from using the sales avenue for the next two years, according to annual filings with the Registrar of Companies. Adiscount of Rs54.48 lakh was inappropriately availed of by a small number of resellers, according to the filing.
HONG KONG: For Apple in China, trouble seems to be the new normal. Cybersecurity monitoring groups and security experts said on Monday that Apple’s online data storage service, known as iCloud, was the target of a new attack that sought to steal users’ passwords and then spy on their activities. Starting over the weekend, when many users across China tried to sign into their iCloud accounts, they may have been giving away login information to a third party, in what is called a man-in-the-middle attack.
KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Bhd and DiGi Telecommunications announced separately that they will be offering the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the same date — Friday, Nov 7. Pre-orders for both iPhone models will start from Friday, Oct 31 at store.maxis.com.my for Maxis customers and http://www.digi.com.my/iphone for DiGi customers. No word on pricing plans as yet.
WASHINGTON: Apple said on Tuesday (Oct 21) its iCloud server has been the target of “intermittent” attacks, hours after a security blog said Chinese authorities had been trying to hack into the system. Apple did not specifically mention China, but posted a security bulletin citing the hack attempts, and indicating its cloud computing platform had not been breached.
Apple has revealed its newest earnings report (for fiscal Q4 2014), showing disappointing drops in revenue from greater China, its third largest geographic segment. Apple’s Greater China revenues for the past quarter (July to September) fell to US$5.8 billion, down 2.7 percent from US$5.9 billion in fiscal Q3. Its newest number is alarmingly flat from a year ago, in fiscal Q4 2013, when it recorded US$5.7 billion.
TAIPEI–Booming shipments of the iPhone 6 helped Taiwan’s export orders jump 12.7 percent in September year-on-year to a record US$43.3 billion, the government said Monday. It marked an eighth straight month of growth in export orders for tech-rich Taiwan, the economic ministry said in a statement. Orders for information and mobile devices rose 16.3 percent from a year ago to US$12.9 billion, “mainly due to the launch of international brand name mobile devices that led to the significant increase of orders,” the ministry said.
If you love your skinny jeans, then the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is probably not the best choice for you, considering its 5.5-inch length. However, if you are planning on overlooking the new Apple product just based on its bulky size, think again, because a Chinese tech store has just the perfect solution for this size trouble. Apple rolled out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India and China on Friday, and while the former would not have any issue fitting into an average pants pocket, as it is just 4.7 inches large, the iPhone 6 Plus, is at the best, going to be a bit snug in most pants pockets, if it does manage to slip in.
Just days after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China, anti-censorship watchdog GreatFire.org reports the country’s authorities are staging a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on Apple’s cloud storage service, iCloud. The attack is limited to users who access iCloud on a desktop or mobile browser where they are required to enter their username and password. A MITM attack happens when two parties – iCloud users and iCloud, in this case – believe they are communicating directly to each other, when in fact a third party is collecting and relaying all the messages in between them.
A “techman” in Hanoi said that before the official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple had patched vulnerabilities and upgraded the security level of iCloud, which contains a feature that allows users to locate and find their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac in case they are lost or stolen. This made it more difficult for them to unlock Apple’s products. However, in mid-October, the techmen announced that iCloud on iOS 8 had been successfully unlocked, one month after iOS 8 was launched in the market on September 17.
SHANGHAI, Oct 18 ― Apple began selling its latest iPhone in China yesterday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators, but it faces a tough battle with rivals led by Samsung in the crucial market. Staff at an Apple Store in downtown Shanghai clapped and congratulated iPhone 6 customers as they left the shop, which opened two hours early for those who had pre-ordered.
[Shanghai] Apple began selling its latest iPhone in China Friday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators, but it faces a tough battle with rivals led by Samsung in the crucial market. Staff at an Apple Store in downtown Shanghai clapped and congratulated iPhone 6 customers as they left the shop, which opened two hours early for those who had pre-ordered.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015, according to sources familiar with the matter. TSMC is currently fabricating Apple’s A8 processors for the iPhone 6 devices, which hit the market recently and total shipments are expected to reach 70-80 million by the end of 2014.
BEIJING: Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi today refuted Apple’s allegation of stealing iPhone technology, saying one can only judge its products after using them. Responding to Apple’s design head Jony Ive’s accusation that Xiaomi has stolen iPhone technology, President Lin Bin said Ive should use a Xiamomi phone to know the difference between the two gadgets.