Chinese Consortium Offers To Buy iPhone Camera Supplier For USD167 Million

iPhone camera supplier OmniVision Technologies said that the company has received a cash acquisition proposal from a Chinese investment consortium led by Hua Capital Management Ltd. According to media reports, the consortium offered to buy OmniVision for USD29 per share in cash for a total value of USD167 million, which represents a premium of 17.9% to the company’s closing price last Wednesday.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/18/20812-chinese-consortium-offers-to-buy-iphone-camera-supplier-for-usd167-million

Startup aims at Myanmar’s youngest of early adopters with educational iPad app

Only about 10 percent of Myanmar’s population have a mobile phone right now – and even fewer have a smartphone or tablet. While Myanmar is an exciting, new, and sizable market, it’s still very early days. One startup based in Yangon is keen on gaining traction in this formative stage. A team of app developers recently released its first educational iPad app, called Phew (pictured above). It’s designed to help kids learn how to write the mellifluously flowing characters of the Burmese language. The Brahmic script, like Thai or Tibetan, is quite hard to write.

http://www.techinasia.com/myanmar-startup-educational-apps/

Apple moves data storage onto Chinese soil through China Telecom deal

BEIJING: Apple Inc has begun storing personal data for some Chinese users on servers provided by China Telecom, marking the first time that the company has stored user data on mainland Chinese soil.  Apple attributed the move to an effort to improve the speed and reliability of its service. It also represents a departure from the policies of some technology companies, notably Google Inc, which has long refused to build data centres in China due to censorship and privacy concerns.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/08/15/Apple-moves-data-storage-onto-Chinese-soil-through-China-Telecom-deal/

iPad, Macbook Not Banned in China; Apple Still Leading Worldwide

China continues to clamp down on U.S. tech firms claiming they’re spying for the federal government. Ten Apple products are supposedly banned in China, including the iPad Mini, iPad Air, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Surprisingly, Apple can still sell these devices to Chinese consumers. Several U.S.-based companies are also being closely watched by the Chinese government. These firms include Dell, Microsoft, Symantec and many more. China claims this has a lot to do with market security and monopoly. The Chinese government, however, quickly refuted these claims and said it’s not banning Apple products from the country’s procurement list.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/6453/20140812/ipad-macbook-not-banned-in-china-apple-still-leading-worldwide.htm

Nvidia claims 64-bit Denver chip will outperform Apple’s A7

Apple pioneered the use of 64-bit processors in smartphones, but Nvidia claims its 64-bit Denver chip will be even faster when it appears in devices later this year. Nvidia shared a few more details about Denver at the Hot Chips conference in Silicon Valley on Monday. It’s calling it “the world’s first 64-bit ARM processor for Android.” Denver will be used in a 64-bit version of Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip. It will have four Denver CPU cores and 192 Kepler graphics cores, which Nvidia says will provide PC-like performance for laptops, tablets and high-end smartphones. Like Apple’s A7 chip, Denver is based on the ARMv8-A architecture.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/nvidia-claims-64-bit-denver-chip-will-outperform-apples-a7/

China scrubs Apple’s iPad and MacBooks from government buying list

China’s government, which earlier banned Windows 8 from agencies’ computers, has dropped Apple’s notebooks and tablets from an approved list of purchases, according to Bloomberg News today. Citing officials who had seen the newly-formulated list, which is a tightly-guarded secret, Bloomberg reported that 10 Apple products — including the iPad Air, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro — had been dropped from July’s procurement list. They had appeared on the list the month before.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/china-scrubs-apples-ipad-and-macbooks-from-government-buying-list/

Apple, Samsung end Australian patent battle

Apple and Samsung have agreed to call it quits on long-running patent battles in Australia and other jursidictions around the world, but continue to fight their most high-profile case over patent infringement in the United States. The companies today put out a joint statement advising of a mutual agreement to drop all litigation in courts outside the US, meaning legal battles in eight countries including Australia will now come to an end. But the pair warned the agreement “does not involve any licensing arrangements” and that the companies are “continuing to pursue the existing cases in US courts.”

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390728,apple-samsung-end-australian-patent-battle.aspx

Microsoft facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, say Taiwan makers

Microsoft is facing increased competition from MacBooks and Chromebooks, with the global notebook OS market share for Windows 8 already dropping to below 90%, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Thanks to iPhones and iPads, demand for Apple’s Mac series products has also been rising in the past few years. Meanwhile, Google is seeing increased Chromebook demand from the US and the UK’s education procurement and enterprise markets.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD206.html

Apple to become largest client for TSMC, say sources

Apple is expected to become the largest client for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the Taiwan-based foundry house has begun to ramp up production of A8 processors and is likely to continue to fabricate the vendor’s A9 CPUs in 2015, according to industry sources. Although TSMC appears to have lost Qualcomm’s 14nm chip orders to Samsung Electronics, TSMC will win Apple’s A9 processor orders with its 16nm process, explained the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140723PD214.html

Strong iPhone sales in China boost Apple profits

The impending release of a new flagship Apple smartphone has failed to dampen sales of current iPhones, with the consumer electronics giant reporting a jump in quarterly profit off the back of strong smartphone sales. Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in its fiscal third quarter, the company announced today – a 13 percent rise on the same period last year, and the second quarter in a row it has posted double-digit percentage growth in iPhone sales.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390211,strong-iphone-sales-in-china-boost-apple-profits.aspx

China excites, Japan disappoints in Apple’s newest earnings

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) newest financial earnings report (for fiscal 2014 Q3; or April to June in human time) shows stellar growth in China. Here’s Apple’s break-down (PDF) in revenue across Asia-Pacific for the past quarter :
Greater China (inc. Hong Kong and Taiwan): US$5.94 billion – up 28 percent year-on-year Japan: US$2.56 billion – up 1 percent year-on-year
Rest of Asia-Pacific: US$2.16 billion – up 6 percent year-on-year

http://www.techinasia.com/apple-q3-fy2014-earnings-strong-revenue-rise-china/

Apple to open new store in Chongqing on July 26 ahead of new retail push in China

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is set to open its 11th store in mainland China later this month. The upcoming Chongqing Apple Store will open on July 26, according to the company’s own website (hat-tip to 9to5Mac for spotting this). Chongqing is a municipality in central China with over 30 million people. This isn’t Apple’s first foray into central China – far from the usual hubs around Shanghai or Beijing – as the firm opened a store in neighboring Sichuan province (in Chengdu) in late 2012.

http://www.techinasia.com/apple-store-chongqing-opening-soon/

Apple iPhone "threat to national security": Chinese media

BEIJING: Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has accused US technology giant Apple of threatening national security through its iPhone’s ability to track and time-stamp a user’s location. The “frequent locations” function, which can be switched on or off by users, could be used to gather “extremely sensitive data”, and even state secrets, said Ma Ding, director of the Institute for Security of the Internet at People’s Public Security University in Beijing.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/apple-iphone-threat-to/1256540.html

Influential Chinese State Broadcaster Calls iPhone a Security Threat

China Central Television (CCTV), citing a report by an online security expert, said the iPhone’s ability to track location and record time can be used to collect and analyze data on the Chinese economy and even “state secrets.”  The influential state broadcaster was referring to data stored in iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” feature, which it claimed can be rooted out and used in nefarious activities. Although CCTV does not necessarily represent the views of top officials in Beijing, the broadcaster has proven to exert influence on businesses.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/4019/20140711/cybersecurity-apple-china-iphone.htm

High-end smartphone component supply may be tight approaching release of new iPhone

Smartphone vendors that are looking to release new high-end models in the second half of 2014 are worried about getting access to enough component supplies as many component makers are preparing orders for Apple’s new iPhone, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. In addition, non-Apple vendors have delayed the launches of their new smartphones to a later time in 2014 to avoid direct competition against the new iPhones, the sources noted.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140710PD211.html

Apple loses China patent case, separate suit against Apple continues

BEIJING: A Beijing court has ruled against Apple Inc by upholding the validity of a patent held by a Chinese company, clearing the way for the Chinese company to continue its own case against Apple for infringing intellectual property rights.  Apple had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China’s State Intellectual Property Office to court to seek a ruling that Zhizhen’s patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/07/09/Apple-loses-China-patent-case-separate-suit-against-Apple-continues/

Made in China Untethered Jailbreak Tool Hacks the Latest iPhone 5S and iPad Air

Another brainchild of the Chinese hacking community, the recently released Pangu iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak tool has received so much attention. It works as advertised, and according to reports, is free of the Made in China spyware that concerns past users. Pangu iOS 7.1.1 has an English display screen and lets users perform an untethered jailbreak on any device that runs iOS 7.1.1. This includes Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPad Air, said, tech website Redmond Pie.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/3685/20140702/made-china-untethered-jailbreak-tool-hacks-latest.htm

Apple to mass produce 12-inch MacBook Air in 3Q14 – from Taiwan

Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook Air will enter mass production in the third quarter, filling the gap between the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs as well as enhancing Apple’s leadership in the small-to-medium-size ultra-thin notebook market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Quanta Computer will be responsible for the assembly of the 12-inch device, said the sources, adding that so far, they have not heard any changes coming to the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air products.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140623PD207.html

Apple’s larger iPhones said to start mass production next month – from Taiwan

TAIPEI, June 24 — Apple Inc’s suppliers will begin mass production of new iPhones in China next month, according to people familiar with the plans. Apple is ramping up on two bigger-screen iPhones, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. One model will have a 4.7-inch screen that may be available to ship to retailers around September, said two of the people. A larger 5.5-inch version is also being prepared for manufacturing and may be available at the same time, the people said.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/apples-larger-iphones-said-to-start-mass-production-next-month

Quanta may become key assembler of Apple’s new iWatch: Morgan Stanley

TAIPEI — Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc., an Apple Inc. supplier for MacBook laptop lines, could become the main assembler of Apple’s rumored wearable device, the “iWatch,” according to U.S. brokerage Morgan Stanley. The iWatch, which is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year, is expected to contribute more than 10 percent of Quanta’s sales in the October-December period on shipments of 10 million units, Morgan Stanley said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/06/23/410773/Quanta-may.htm