Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China in 2016: WSJ

ChinaTimes of India — Apple Inc plans to launch its mobile payment system Apple Pay in China by early February, the Wall Street Journal reported. The iPhone maker has struck deals recently with China’s big four state-run banks, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the discussions.

Apple Pay arrives in Australia, but only for Amex

AustraliaIT News — American Express customers can start using Apple’s mobile payments solution on their iDevices from today for the first time as the service goes live in Australia. Apple last month confirmed the deal, which marked the first expansion outside the US and UK for Apple Pay. From today, American Express card holders can add their cards to Apple’s mobile wallet to pay for purchases through their iDevice.

Apple crosses $1-billion sales mark in India

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI | KOLKATA: Apple crossed the $1-billion sales mark in Indian operations for the first time in the year ended March, according to results filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) on Wednesday. The maker of iPhones and iPads posted a 44% increase in sales to Rs 6,472.89 crore from Rs 4500.35 crore and net profit doubled to Rs 242.85 crore from Rs 119.48 crore as the company widened its retail network and stepped up marketing efforts, including buyback schemes, installment programmes and discounts. The rupee traded at around 62-63 against the dollar in FY15.

Apple opens subsidiary in Vietnam, tapping smartphone growth

VietnamThe Star — HANOI: Apple Inc has opened a subsidiary company in Vietnam, allowing the maker of iPhones to import and distribute cellphones directly in one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the Asia-Pacific.  Apple Vietnam Limited Liability was established on Oct 28 with a registered capital of 15bil dong (RM2.89mil), according to a news announcement recorded on Vietnam’s national business registry website seen by Reuters on Nov 5.

Domino’s driver-tracking tech boosts Q1 sales, from AU

AustraliaIT News — Domino’s Pizza has lifted its full-year earnings guidance after experiencing higher than expected first-quarter sales thanks to its new GPS-based driver tracking technology. The pizza chain said same store sales in Australia and New Zealand grew almost 14 percent in the quarter, and 7.7 percent in Europe.

Apple Opens 25th Chinese Store In Dalian

ChinaChina Tech News — Apple’s 25th Apple Store in China, which is located in Dalian Parkland, has started its formal operation. According to Apple, the company plans to increase the number of its retail stores in the Chinese market to 40 by mid 2016.

Apple Pay to hit Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016

SingaporeTech in Asia — Apple Pay, Apple’s much-hyped cashless payment service, will be available in Singapore next year, according to a press release by credit card provider American Express. The company announced that consumers will be able to use Apple Pay with its products in Canada and Australia this year, and in Singapore, Spain, and Hong Kong in 2016. The service is currently only available in the US and the United Kingdom.

Alibaba and Apple provide solace for China’s economy

China.gifWant China Times — Eyecatching quarterly gains by Apple and Alibaba in China have provided fresh proof that growing online and high-tech consumption may be coming to the rescue of the country’s economy. Both e-commerce giant Alibaba and tech colossus Apple reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Tuesday, thanks mainly to strong performances in the Chinese market.

Apple announces clean energy investments in China

ChinaApple’s major supplier, Foxconn, plans to build solar power generators with around twice the capacity of those announced by Apple, starting in central China’s Henan province, by 2018. We hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies join us in this important effort. Apple said it will share its best practices in procuring clean energy with its Chinese suppliers.

UAE’s first Apple stores slated to open at end of October

UAEThe National — DUBAI // A large hoarding with stylised Arabic calligraphy has appeared on a Dubai mall shopfront. Wishing “marhaba”, or “hello”, to passers-by, it announces the imminent arrival of Apple outlets in the UAE. The electronics producer will open two shops on October 29, at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai and Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi.

China market: Apple to open 24th self-operated retail store, says paper

ChinaDigi Times — Apple will open a self-operated retail store in Dalian, northeastern China, on October 24, its 24th in the China market, according to the China-based Guangzhou Daily, adding that this will be the seventh opened in 2015. With China’s telecom carriers cutting their subsidies on smartphones, especially iPhones, Apple is gradually reducing its sales via the telecom channel.

Apple’s Siri confused between Dussehra and Eid, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Apple may be trying to make Siri smarter every year, but the virtual assistant seems unable to stop making goof-ups. This time around, Siri seems confused about how to greet someone on the festival of Dussehra. Upon being asked “Is it a holiday today?” the voice assistant answers that it is Dussehra, and then wishing them “Eid Mubarak.”

Visiting China? Apple News will be blocked

ChinaMIS Asia — Apple’s impressive rise in China isn’t coming without some sacrifice, as visitors are discovering that the Apple News app doesn’t work on the country’s networks. Although Apple News is only available for U.S. customers at the moment, the New York Times reports that users can still access the app while traveling overseas. One exception is in China, where users get an error message saying the app isn’t supported.

It’s Apple vs Samsung vs Google this Diwali

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Smartphone heavyweights Samsung Electronics, Apple and Google are set to engage in a battle royale over the next few months to capture a larger share of premium phone users, with their latest models breathing new life into the high-end segment.

Apple Stores finally coming to India

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA :The Apple Store is coming to India — or at least a few counters are, along with those signature wooden tables. They will be debuting in India in partnership with Tata-owned consumer electronics chain Croma, which will host Apple at six of its locations as a pilot.

Apple iPhone 6s/6s Plus sales in the first 3 days were 10-15% weaker than iPhone 6 series in Japan, say reports

JapanDigi Times — Apple’s iPhone products have strong demand in Japan and accounted for 60% of the country’s smartphone sales in 2014; however, despite iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ strong sales of 13 million units worldwide in the first three days after release, sales in Japan in the first three days were 10-15% less than those of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to a report from research firm BCN.

Cut submarine cable cripples Apple services for Telstra customers

AustraliaIT News — Telstra Apple users have been struggling with significantly slowed data speeds to and from Apple services for the majority of this week following a break in the SEA-ME-WE submarine cable. The problems come just after the Australian release of Apple’s new iPhone 6s last Friday.

Subsea cable leaves Telstra customers with Apple download delays

AustraliaZDNet — Customers on the Telstra network have complained about substantial delays in downloading Apple services for most of the week, with Telstra now acknowledging a subsea cable issue and claiming that it is working on resolving it. The issue, flagged on broadband enthusiast website Whirlpool and onTwitter, has seen Telstra customers attempting to download or update their operating systems or apps across the iTunes Store and the App Store, as well as use streaming services Apple Music and Apple Radio, experience severe delays.

Apple Music Now Offers iTunes Movies and iBooks in China

ChinaChina Topix — Chinese music-streaming fans may now subscribe to iTunes Movies and iBooks as Apple Inc. has finally announced that its services are now available to Android users in China. Included on their long list of artists are both Chinese and international performers. Thus, subscribers may choose from a vast library of songs also being offered in other countries worldwide.

Many Chinese apps for iPhone found with malware

ChinaNikkei — SILICON VALLEY: A wide variety of apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store, many of them Chinese, have been found to be infected with malware that could steal a user’s password and other personal information. The specific impact on users of the U.S. company’s iPhones and iPads has yet to be gauged, but at least 39 apps have been confirmed to be infected. Some reports indicate malicious software has spread to as many as 3,000 apps.