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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc’s first smartwatch in July, a source familiar with the matter said, as the US tech giant tries to prove it can still innovate against rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The still-unnamed watch, which Apple followers have dubbed the iWatch, will be the company’s first foray into a niche product category that many remain sceptical about, especially as to whether it can drive profits as growth slows in tech gadgets.
The owner of Nhat Huy Mobile shop in HCM City, which distributed iPhone products, said a recent visitor to the shop logged in with his personal iCloud account and then left. The operation allowed him to “hijack” the mobile phone. In this case, though the phone was still usable, it could easily have been controlled by the ID owner from a distance, who could have locked the phone or erased all the data. As soon as discovering that the iPhone was “infected” with a strange account, he immediately “tracked down” the guest, the ID owner. He finally found the guest after learning his email and called for assistance on Facebook.
China’s Ministry of Information and Information Technology (MIIT) intends to lay down new regulations governing Apple’s iMessage, according to Techweb. The measures include tools to monitor and prevent spam messages, which the ministry says are prevalent on the iOS default messaging app. The report says iMessage’s vulnerabilities to spam have cost users “millions” of RMB. Up to this point, TechWeb notes iMessage has been in a “vacuum” area void of regulation.
NEW DELHI: This new phone from Lava is the latest entry-level smartphone with Android 4.4. Lava has attempted to stand apart from the crowd with a sleeker design and 8MP camera. Straight out of the box, the Iris X1 impresses for such a low-cost phone. The sleek phone in white has rounded edges and a silver plastic surround – the design is very similar to the Apple iPhone 4/4S.
Many iPhone users in Australia and the US had accounts hacked recently because they used their iPhone accounts with some online services. Meanwhile, Vietnamese have been spared from the incident because few of them use these services. Ngo Tuan Anh, vice president of BKAV, a well known internet security expert, said that a series of online services had been attacked recently. From the affected accounts of the online services, the attackers logged into iCloud.com and hacked iPhones.
Apple’s Tim Cook at WWDC today just announced that nearly half of China’s new iOS users switched away from Android. But this small claim to Chinese mobile growth, an hour later, is eclipsed by Apple’s announcement that it would be supporting China on iOS in even more ways. In fact, China was the only country that Apple’s executives Tim Cook and Craig Federighi mentioned on stage.
Japan’s NTT Docomo, the country’s largest wireless carrier by subscriber base, will begin offering Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display from June 10. Amid pressure from rivals who embraced Apple devices much earlier than Docomo, the company hopes to boost subscribers – while Apple stands to widen its commanding share of the Japanese market.