TSMC, Samsung start A9 chip mass production

TaiwanTSMC and Samsung Foundry, which share orders for Apple’s A9 application processors, have both started volume production of the chips, according to industry sources. Just before production kicked off, Apple requested modifications to the mask patterns prompting both contract chipmakers to rework wafers, said the sources. Nevertheless, the event should not interrupt the new iPhone launch schedule, the sources noted.


Chinese market trouble poses risk to Apple, Qualcomm

ChinaTimes of India — SAN FRANCISCO: Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China pose a risk to major chipmakers such as Qualcomm that derive a big portion of their sales from the world’s second-largest economy. Consumer electronics giant Apple could also be vulnerable – 17% of the company’s overall revenue last fiscal year came from China, and in the most recent quarter it sold more iPhones in the country than in the United States for the first time.


New iPhone enters production, say Taiwan makers

TaiwanDigi Times — Makers in the iPhone supply chain have started delivering parts and components to the two iPhone OEMs Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron for production of next generation iPhone devices, which are widely expected to come in September, according to sources at the supply chain. Initial shipments of new iPhone devices in the fourth quarter of 2015 are expected to total at least 50 million units, estimated the sources.


Yahoo Taiwan unveils localized apps for Apple Watch

TaiwanWant China Times — The Taiwan unit of Yahoo announced Friday that its News and Super Mall apps will support the Apple Watch in Taiwan to cash in on a market where smartwatch ownership ranks the seven-highest in the world. The two apps are revamped with more visualized designs for notifications and location-based services, such as pushing promotional messages of local stores close to the wearer’s location, according to Yahoo Taiwan.


Yahoo launches apps for Apple Watch in Taiwan

TaiwanYahoo launched four apps designed for Apple’s smartwatch in Taiwan Monday as the search engine’s latest attempt to push its “mobile first” strategy. The four free apps — including Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest and Yahoo News Hong Kong — are redesigned and simplified for the Apple Watch, allowing Yahoo to deliver “a highly engaging and personal experience in a new way,” according to the company.


Make in India: iPhone maker Foxconn in talks to build first Apple plant in India

IndiaMUMBAI: Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture Apple’s iPhone in India, government officials said, in a move that could lower prices in the world’s No.3 smartphone market where the US firm trails Samsung Electronics and local players. India could help Foxconn mitigate accelerating wage inflation in China, where it makes the majority of iPhones, and base production sites closer to markets where its key clients want to grow.


Apple to work with Hon Hai to promote Asia-Pacific data center

ChinaApple will work with Foxconn Technology Group–known as Hon Hai Group in Taiwan–to promote its Asia-Pacific data center located in China’s Guizhou province, Chinese media reported Thursday. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental initiatives, said the company attaches great importance to big data industry, with emphasis on data security and the values of data mining concepts.


iPhone maker Foxconn in talks to build first Apple plant in India

India[MUMBAI] Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture Apple’s iPhone in India, government officials said, in a move that could lower prices in the world’s No 3 smartphone market where the US firm trails Samsung Electronics and local players. India could help Foxconn mitigate accelerating wage inflation in China, where it makes the majority of iPhones, and base production sites closer to markets where its key clients want to grow.


iPhone shipments to reach over 230 million in 2015, says firm, from TW

TaiwanThe 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the next iPhone, rumored to be called iPhone 6S, will enter mass production in June 2015 and be shipped in the third quarter of the year, with the quarterly shipments projected to reach 24 million units, according to TrendForce. By the fourth quarter, the next iPhone will be released in greater quantities with estimated quarterly shipments surpassing 50 million. The new model will help drive 2015 shipments of all iPhones to over 230 million, resulting in a yearly shipment growth of 20%.


TSMC to manufacture fingerprint sensors for next iPhone

TaiwanTSMC will reportedly manufacture fingerprint sensors for use in the next-generation iPhone series at its 12-inch wafer fabs using 65nm process technology, according to industry sources. In response, TSMC said the company does not talk about any customer engagements. For existing iPhone models, fingerprint sensors are being built using TSMC’s 0.18-micron process at the foundry’s 8-inch facilities, the sources noted.


Samsung’s $930 million fine to be cut in Apple patent case

KoreaNEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO: Apple was handed a mixed ruling by a US appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics, as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone’s appearance could be protected was thrown out. That means up to 40% of a $930 million verdict which had been won by Apple must be reconsidered.


TSMC to make SSD controller chips for Apple, say sources

TaiwanTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reportedly has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, in addition to recent orders from Marvell Technology and Phison Electronics, according to industry sources. TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate the controller chips for Apple, widening TSMC’s market share against rival foundry houses including United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and Globalfoundries in the segment, said the sources.


China to be Apple’s biggest market in 2 years: Tim Cook

ChinaBEIJING: Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview with news portal QQ.com has predicted that China will be the company’s largest market in two years. Visiting China, Cook announced Apple’s plans here include both a huge expansion in the number of Apple stores, and the introduction of Apple Pay, the company’s electronic payments system.  According to reports in Chinese media, the technology giant is talking to Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and to banks on plans to launch Apple Pay.


Apple beats Xiaomi on home turf, becomes No. 1

ChinaBEIJING: Apple has for the first time overtaken Xiaomi to become the largest vendor of smartphones in China, one of the world’s largest markets.  Apple grabbed 14.7% of market share in the first quarter of 2015, surpassing Xiaomi, which had a 13.7% share, according to market researcher the International Data Corporation (IDC).  The two companies were followed by state-owned Huawei, then Samsung and Lenovo.


Microsoft’s Surface 3 tablet to take swipe at iPad in Taiwan

TaiwanMicrosoft launched its new Surface 3 tablet in Taiwan Tuesday, hoping that the convertible tablet computer with business software can take on Apple’s iPad. The Surface 3 is a cheaper and smaller version of the high-end Surface Pro 3 in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families, according to Microsoft. “We think the Surface 3 is better than the iPad,” Roan Kang, general manager of marketing and operations at Microsoft Taiwan, told a press conference to launch the tablet.


The Next iPhone Might Come From India, Not China

IndiaIt might not matter where your iPhone comes from, but given Foxconn’s past when it comes to manufacturing and staff treatment, it might be interesting to know the primary manufacturer for the iPhone and iPad is planning a move to India. It could be Foxconn’s fallen for the ‘Make in India’ initiative billed by the Indian government to get companies to manufacture goods in the country. The government claims it has an active workforce capable of providing solid performance, alongside excellent business laws and taxes.


iPhone sales in China surpass US for the first time

ChinaiPhone sales in China for the first time surpassed sales in the US in the first quarter thanks to the boost from the Chinese New Year holiday and Apple’s sales enforcement in the country, reports Sina’s tech news portal. Apple has invested a lot of money in China over the past few years and the investment has started to pay off, said Luca Maestri, Apple’s chief financial officer.


China ranks top in iOS downloads

ChinaiOS quarterly downloads grew 30% between Q1 2014 and Q1 2015, meaning China surpassed the US and is now the world leader in iOS downloads, according to App Annie, a mobile analytics company headquartered in San Francisco. Danielle Levitas, senior vice president of App Annie, revealed the news at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing on Wednesday. Download growth translates into iOS App Store revenue gains. From Q1 2014 to Q1 2015, revenue in China grew 90% compared to 30% in the US and 50% in Japan. “China grew more quickly to narrow that gap,” she said.


Apple announces strong second quarter in Asia, and record-breaking numbers in China

ChinaApple today announced its financial results for what it terms the second quarter of 2015, and by all accounts, things went well. The company posted strong numbers across the board, but nowhere were they stronger than in Asia, where Apple’s mobile products performed particularly well. In the company’s Q2 earnings call, CFO Luca Maestri revealed that Apple set an all-time quarterly record for revenue in China, taking in US$16.8 billion during the quarter (up 77.8 percent year-on-year).


Thanks to China, Android apps now make more money than iOS apps

ChinaA new report (paywall) today from tech-focused investment bank Digi-Capital shows, for the first time, Android apps made more money than iOS apps in 2014. But before you switch to an Android-first development schedule, keep in mind that iOS apps are still far more lucrative on a per download basis. The wider proliferation of Android devices across the world means Android makes more as a gross total, despite iPhone owners spending much more on apps than their Android counterparts.