Chinese web giant Baidu has released a new report documenting the rise of smart mobile devices in China. The Q2 2014 Mobile Internet Trends (PDF) report shows smart device penetration rose to 30 percent of China’s population, triple the rate from just two years ago. That being said, the growth rate diminished last quarter. Android’s firm hold on the market has only grown stronger. Baidu says Android has 79 percent market share in China, up from 73 percent one year earlier. iOS, meanwhile, actually dipped slightly from 13 percent to 12 percent.
China Telecom said all iPhone 6 units the company will sell will be unlocked and may be used on all wireless networks in China. China Telecom is the third largest telecommunications company in China, following China Mobile and China Unicom. At the moment, iPhone units being sold by China Telecom only accept SIM cards issued by the company. China Telecom’s early 4S to most recent 5S models only run under their 3G CDMA2000 network and 2G CDMA network.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.