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.

https://www.techinasia.com/line-announces-coming-apple-watch/

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.

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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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/402690,nsw-govt-embraces-paypal-apple-pay.aspx

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.

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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.

https://www.techinasia.com/tokyo-apple-watch-store-opening/

Apple looks at increasing investments in India

IndiaNEW DELHI: Apple, the world’s biggest electronics maker, has its eyes set on India. At a time when the company is working up aggressive sales targets for the market and multiplying its distribution network exponentially, the company on Friday came calling at the government’s doors, expressing willingness to up its commitment and investments. John Reynolds, Apple’s head of compliance for EMEIA region (Europe, Middle East, India, Africa), met telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and gave an overview of the company’s operations in the market.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Apple-looks-at-increasing-investments-in-India/articleshow/46883673.cms

Hon Hai’s first-quarter sales boosted by Apple’s new iPhones: analysts

TaiwanTAIPEI–The world’s biggest electronics manufacturer for hire, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海), posted higher sales for the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year, due to solid demand for two of the products it makes — Apple Inc.’s new iPhone models — the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, analysts said Saturday. They said that after Apple launched the two new iPhone models in September, strong demand extended to the first quarter of this year from the fourth quarter of last year, helping Hon Hai, which has been dubbed one of the most important “Apple concept stocks” in Taiwan, record a more than 14 percent year-on-year sales increase for the three-month period.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2015/04/12/433436/Hon-Hais.htm

Apple’s India revenue hits $1 billion for the first time

IndiaBENGALURU: Apple didn’t take India seriously in the early years of the global iPhone-iPad rage. But now, the country is likely one of its fastest growing markets. The company is said to have touched $1 billion in revenue in India in the financial year ended March 31, 2015 — an increase of over 40% from the year before when it did Rs 4,500 crore in revenue. It’s also three times more than what it did just three years ago in 2011-12.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Apples-India-revenue-hits-1-billion-for-the-first-time/articleshow/46844817.cms

Apple, Google, Microsoft defend tax structure in Australia

AustraliaSYDNEY: Global technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft defended their corporate tax structures at an Australian parliamentary hearing, rebuffing allegations they were designed to shift profits offshore to avoid paying taxes.  The three firms also told the upper house Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance, which held its first day of hearings in Sydney, that they were among 12 technology companies being audited by the Australian Taxation Office.

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Apple bestseller in urban China on eve of Xiaomi fifth anniversary

China.gifThe buzz over whether Chinese smartphone up-and-comer Xiaomi can outshine global leader Apple has reached new volumes as the company unveiled its latest line of products ahead of their fifth anniversary on Monday. China’s leading smartphone vendor Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Note pink edition on Tuesday, a fashion device which is geared toward women, along with four other new products, including Red Mi 2A, Mi TV 2 and the new Mi Power Strip. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150404000094

Apple tops Taiwan smartphone market for 5th straight month

TaiwanApple led Taiwan’s smartphone market in sales volume and sales value and had the best-selling single model for the fifth consecutive month in February, according to statistics released Wednesday by industry sources. A total of 771,000 smartphones were sold in Taiwan in February, down 3.4% from a month earlier, the figures showed. Apple was once again the top smartphone vendor with a 23.4% share of all smartphones sold, followed by Taiwan-based HTC with a 19% share, Samsung Electronics with a 14% share, Asustek Computer of Taiwan with a 12% share and Sony Mobile with a 9.1% share.

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TSMC to supply chips for rumored iPhone 6S and 6C

TaiwanTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple in the second half of 2015 as the foundry will supply 20nm chips for an upcoming 6C model and 16nm FinFET chips for 6S models, according to industry sources. TSMC is reportedly the sole supplier of processors for Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which industry observers believe are the best selling iPhone models of all time. Strong demand for the 6 and 6 Plus has boosted TSMC’s sales generated from 20nm process technology.

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Apple to launch trade-in programme in China

ChinaNEW DELHI: Apple Inc plans to introduce a trade-in program for iPhones in China in association with the Foxconn Technology Group, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the effort.  Under the program, consumers will be able to exchange older iPhones at Apple stores in China for credit against the company’s products starting March 31, Bloomberg reported. Chinese demand for larger-screen iPhones helped fuel Apple’s record profit of $18 billion in the final quarter last year.

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Taiwan white-box server makers land orders from Apple

TaiwanApple has joined the Facebook-established Open Compute Project in line with its plans to set up new cloud data centers and replace servers used in existing data centers. Some Taiwan-based white-box server makers have obtained orders from Apple and will begin shipments soon, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150318PD204.html

Shipments of iPhone 6 devices to reach 53 million units in 1Q15, says paper, from TW

TaiwanApple is expected to ship 53 million units of iPhone 6 devices in the first quarter of 2015, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, citing data from Morgan Stanley. The US-based investment institution forecast previously iPhone 6-series shipments for the quarter to reach 51 million units. Meanwhile, shipments of all iPhone devices will reach 54.5 million units during the quarter, down 21% on quarter but up 43% on year.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150318PB200.html

Xiaomi beats Apple, Samsung to become India’s top 4G handset vendor: CMR

IndiaNEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi surpassed global smartphone giants Samsung and Apple in terms of market share to become India’s top 4G handset seller in January this year, CyberMedia Research said on March 17. Earlier this month, the market research firm had said that the iPhone maker emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country in October-December 2014.  As per the latest CyberMedia Research (CMR) data, Xiaomi leads the 4G LTE device market with 30.8% market share in January followed by Apple (23.8%), Samsung (12.1%), HTC (10%) and Micromax (8.3%).

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TSMC expected to win most Apple A9 chip orders

TaiwanTAIPEI — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) is expected to win the majority of orders from Apple Inc. for next-generation A9 chips that will be used in new iPhones, as its production processes are faster than rival Samsung Electronics Co., according to an Asia-based brokerage firm. “Market disputes over how many A9 (chip) orders TSMC would gain from Apple against Samsung are coming to an end, in our opinion,” the brokerage firm said, adding that TSMC’s manufacturing processes were superior.

Samsung seals big SSD chip deal with Apple

KoreaSamsung Electronics struck another major chip deal with Apple with an estimated monetary value of “billions of dollars,” helping Samsung further strengthen its chip business. The latest agreement is calling for Samsung Electronics to sell its latest solid state drive (SSD) storage devices using its V-NAND technology to Apple’s new range of ultra-slim and high-end notebook models, two people directly involved with the deal told The Korea Times, Friday.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2015/03/133_175177.html

Australia among first to get Apple Watch

AustraliaApple will open its new Watch wearable for online pre-orders on April 10 and start shipping the watch on April 25 to nine countries including Australia. The device will come in three “collections” dubbed Watch Sport, Watch and the 18-carat yellow or rose gold Watch Edition. Watch Sport will retail for A$499 and $579, will the midrange Watch will sell for $799 to $1629 depending on model.

Apple Watch coming to China, Hong Kong, and Japan on April 24

APACAt Apple’s press event today in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company’s newest gadget, the Apple Watch, will be hitting some parts of Asia on day one. China, Hong Kong, and Japan are among the nine countries that will get the watches on their global debut: April 24. Other countries will follow, of course, but no specific launch dates were given.

https://www.techinasia.com/apple-watch-coming-china-hong-kong-japan-april-24/