Digitimes Research: Samsung, Apple, LG rank as top-3 smartphone vendors in 3Q14

Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics ranked as the top-three smartphone vendors globally in the third quarter as well as the first three quarters of 2014, based on third-quarter reports released by individual vendors and data from makers in the supply chain, according to Digitimes Research. China-based vendors Huawei, Xiaomi Technology and Lenovo took the fourth, fifth and seventh positions, respectively, during the same period, Digitimes Research added.


Apple strikes deal with China’s UnionPay for App Store payments

Apple today announced it had struck a deal with UnionPay, China’s most popular credit and debit card system, to accept payments for digital goods on its App Store. “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s executive in charge of its Internet software and services division, said in a statement Monday.


Apple allows China App Store to price apps as low as 16 cents

Some apps in China’s iOS App Store are now available for a mere RMB 1 – that’s US$0.16. It’s the cheapest rate for a paid app anywhere in the world. The lowest paid tier in the China App Store used to be a more conventional RMB 6 (US$0.98), which equates to the US$0.99 level in the US App Store. Apps and games such as Plague Inc, Limbo, Doodle Jump, and GoodReader are now available in the China App Store for a mere 16 cents.


Apple and Xiaomi trade smartphone barbs in China

WUZHEN, CHINA: Top executives from US technology giant Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at a Chinese Internet conference, acknowledging the fierce competition between the rivals.  Apple’s iPhones and iPads are wildly popular in China, encouraging smuggling and crowds at the company’s stores as consumers try to lay their hands on the latest products.


Commentary: Who will win in race for Apple A9 chip orders?

There have been many speculations circulating about Apple’s A9 processors, which are to be used in next-generation iPhone and iPad devices in 2015. Earlier, some reports indicated that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was likely to take up the majority of the A9 orders to be released by Apple. And later Digitimes was told that TSMC and Samsung Electronics were still in the race for the application processor (AP) orders.


Apple set to make even more money in China as it adds UnionPay support to App Store

Although far more people use Android phones, China’s iOS users already outspend their Android brethren when it comes to dollars being dropped in the App Store. And yesterday, Apple announced a change that could push the balance even further in its favor: it has has added UnionPay as a payment option for customers in China. UnionPay, for those who don’t know, is China’s only domestic bank card organization.


Apple Orders Help Hon Hai Achieve 22% Revenue Growth In October 2014

Due to the fast sales of Apple’s new products, Hon Hai achieved combined operating revenue of NTD468.999 billion, which was about CNY94 billion, in October 2014, representing a year-on-year increase of 22.58% and an increase of 12.9% compared with September 2014. Hon Hai revealed that its combined operating revenue in October 2014 was the second highest monthly revenue in the company’s history, which was only second to its NTD490.931 billion revenue in December 2013.


Hon Hai’s 10% Oct. sales rise due to increased Apple orders

TAIPEI — Analysts on Tuesday attributed the 10-percent month-on-month sales rise posted in October by Hon Hai (鴻海) Precision Industry Co., the world’s largest contract electronics maker, to rising orders from Apple Inc. Hon Hai, which assembles iPhones and iPads for Apple, has been dubbed one of the most important “Apple concept stocks” in the local market as the U.S. consumer electronics giant accounts for more than 40 percent of Hon Hai’s total sales.


Wirelurker Malware Attacks Chinese Apple Users

U.S.-based online researcher Palo Alto Networks reports that new malware targeted at Apple’s OS X and iOS devices is affecting thousands of users. The new malware, named WireLucker, originated in the Chinese region and has been affecting users the most in China. This is a far cry from Apple’s normal impenetrable platforms, known for having strong security standards.


Samsung, TSMC still competing for Apple A9 chip orders

Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are still in the race for orders for next-generation SoCs from Apple, which is expected to confirm the chip supplier or suppliers by the end of 2014, according to industry sources. Samsung has offered lower quotes to attract Apple’s A9 SoC orders, said the sources. The Korea-based firm is also able to provide Apple the manufacture of other chips such as flash memory and backend services in-house.


iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to hit the Philippines on Nov 14

Has the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch left you drooling over your screen, waiting for the new phones to hit Philippine stores? We’ve got some good news: the wait will only be a few more days. Philippine carriers Smart Communications and Globe Telecom will release the latest iPhones for postpaid plans on November 14, according to reports citing statements from both companies. Subscribers may “register their interest” in the new phones now on Smart’s and Globe’s sites.


Indian Mobile Company iVoice Challenges Apple over iPhone Patent

iVoice, an yet to grow mobile manufacturer company based in Erode, Tamil Nadu, has challenged Apple INC, over its most adored brand iPhone. The company has petitioned at IPAB (Intellectual Property Appellate Board) against Apple to remove the iPhone brand mark. Published in The Times of India a few days back, the news was considered as cheap stunts for acquiring popularity, but after IPAB asked the Cupertino based technology monster for an official response, the matter started getting more serious concern.


What Does Alipay Gain From Apple Pay Deal?

Alibaba Group’s chairman Jack Ma and Apple’s chief executive officer Tim Cook jointly announced last week that Alibaba and Apple will work together on payment services. Apple Pay plans to enter the Chinese market via Alipay and become a payment method for Chinese Apple users. But more importantly, Apple will help Alipay to expand into the international market.


iPhones key to IC packaging firms’ Q4 boom, from TW

TAIPEI–The two new iPhones — the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus — will play a crucial role in the earnings growth of Taiwanese integrated circuit packaging and testing services providers, market analysts said Saturday. Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), the world’s largest IC packaging and testing firm, is one of those providers. Analysts said that although the fourth quarter is usually a slow season for the global semiconductor industry, ASE is expected to buck the trend, posting higher sales on the back of the new iPhones and strengthening its bottom line.


Maxis and DiGi reveal Malaysian iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus price plans

Apple fans thronged the websites of the major telcos, namely Maxis Bhd and DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd  as the companies revealed the price plans for Apple’s latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. In fact, the rush caused a deluge of traffic at each telco’s site, resulting in a near complete standstill when trying to access the respective price plan pages. Celcom Axiata Bhd, the third major telco, has not yet offered its price plans for the new devices.


Slow sales for next-generation iPads, from VN

Although they have been in the local market for two weeks, sales have been slow, according to distributors. Duc, the owner of Shopdunk, a mobile phone shop in Hanoi, said: “Demand for iPad Air 2 is equal to 40 percent of the demand for iPad Air which hit the market last year. The demand for iPad mini 3 is even lower.” He also said that most iPad Air 2 buyers wanted the yellow version, with 4G and 64 GB capacity. The owner of another shop in Hanoi confirmed that though iPad Air 2 has a “reasonable price”, the products have been selling more slowly than last year’s iPad Airs.


Xiaomi Denies Copycat Allegations by Apple; Says Apple Also Copies

Hugo Barra, a vice president of Chinese mobile device maker Xiaomi, Inc. defended the company’s product designs after Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, accused the firm of “being lazy” and a design thief. Barra, who already responded to Ive’s comments Oct. 9 at a Vanity Fair conference, spoke out again since the issue is far from being settled. “Our designers, our engineers, are inspired by great products and great design out there. In today’s world, who isn’t?” Barra said at The Wall Street Journal’s Live technology conference in Laguna Beach, Calif.


Apple CEO Tim Cook Eyes Partnership With Alibaba In China

Apple’s (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook sat down for a 30-minute talk at The Wall Street Journal Live technology conference and spoke about Apple Pay, iPhone, iPod and partnering with Chinese e-commerce provider Alibaba. On the subject of Apple Pay, Cook said he understands why retailers are looking to cut the costs of credit and debit cards by establishing their own payment service. But he also said that he believes customers will only use these retailers if they offer the right payment options.

Apple CEO says had "very open" privacy talks in China: Xinhua

BEIJING: Apple Inc chief executive Tim Cook was quoted on Friday as saying he had “very open” talks on privacy and security with a senior Chinese official, days after a web monitoring group linked the government to a hack into Apple’s iCloud service in China.  Cook’s remarks, made in an interview to the official Xinhua news agency, were his first public comments since meeting Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday.


St George turns on fingerprint login for Apple iOS Internet banking

St George Bank has activated Touch ID login for its iOS mobile application following the successful implementation and trials of the biometric technology by subsidiary, Bank of Melbourne. iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus users who own a St George account can now use Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to log into the app rather than typing account details each time. Support for the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to go live “in the coming months”.