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.

Foxconn seeks funding from Apple to buy Sharp’s LCD unit: Report

JapanDigi Times — TOKYO: Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry offered to buy Sharp Corp’s struggling liquid panel display business and plans to seek funding from Apple Inc, the Nikkei business daily reported. The report did not specify how much Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, was willing to pay for the loss-making operations, but said it would seek funding from Apple, a key Sharp customer.

344 apps infected with malware in Chinese iTunes app store – worst hack in history

China.gifIT Ware — WeChat (6.2.5) is one of the most popular instant messaging applications in the world and the compromised app has made it to the US and Asia Pacific countries. Two other Chinese apps, CamCard, a business card scanner, and NetEase Cloud Music are affected too. “Hundreds of millions of users – about half a billion – are affected,” according to Palo Alto.

TSMC secures A10 chip orders from Apple, says report

TaiwanTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be the exclusive supplier of Apple’s next-generation A10 processors with volume production to kick off starting March 2016, according to a recent Chinese-language Commercial Times report. TSMC will offer its in-house developed backend integrated fan-out (InFO) wafer-level packaging for the production of the A10 chips, which will be built using the foundry’s 16nm FinFET process technology, said the report, which cited unspecified Apple suppliers as its source.

Apple may spoil Samsung’s party in India

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Apple plans to advance the launch of its just-unveiled iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in India to the first half of October and may bring in Apple Watch as early as next week, setting the stage for one of its biggest marketing wars with arch-rival Samsung this festive season, four senior trade officials said.

Microsoft, Google and Apple promote Hindi apps

IndiaTimes of India — BHOPAL: The ongoing three-day World Hindi Conference here is turning out to be a hi-tech affair with big global brands showcasing electronic gadgets having inbuilt Hindi software and apps that can be downloaded promptly.  Representatives of Microsoft, Google, Apple and other big companies were seen jostling and competing with each other to attract people at the conference in demonstrating how their apps could be downloaded quickly in Hindi from playstore of their gadgetry.

iPhone demand estimated at 45-50 million units for 3Q15, 70-80 million units for 4Q15, say Taiwan makers

TaiwanDigi Times — Total shipments of iPhone devices, including updated iPhones which are to be unveiled shortly, are expected to total 45-50 million units in the third quarter of 2015 and hit 70-80 million in the fourth quarter, according to sources from Taiwan’s iPhone supply chain.

Foxconn Eying More SiP Business from Apple with New Strategic Partnership with Taiwan’s SPIL

TaiwanPatently Apple — In terms of semiconductor packaging business, ASE provides the majority of Apple’sSystem in Packages (SiP). The Taiwanese semiconductor package company Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has received major orders from Apple for the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6S and even the 2016 iPhone 7. Yet a portion of Apple’s SiP business goes to Hon-Hai or Foxconn through their ShunSin subsidiary.

Apple Inc. appoints two retailers in Vietnam

VietnamVietnam Net — In Apple’s distribution map, Diep said Viet Nam was ranked in the third group in the system. The first one includes the United States, Japan and China, while the second has Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. The first group would be accorded priority to bring in new products, followed by the second, and then the third.–appoints-two-retailers-in-vietnam.html

Apple 12.9-inch iPad to use displays from Sharp

JapanDigi Times — Apple’s reported 12.9-inch iPad will feature displays from Sharp while Foxconn Group subsidiary General Interface Solution (GIS) will be mainly responsible for touch modules, lamination and LCM assembly, according to industry sources. The device will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth. Sharp will provide Open Cell LCD displays while GIS will provide GF touch panels.

Hon Hai, Pegatron secure orders for new iPhone: analyst

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) and Pegatron have received large orders from Apple to assemble the next generation of the iPhone, according to a market analyst. Kuo Ming-chi, an analyst with Taipei-based KGI Securities, said in a research report that Hon Hai, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, is expected to become the sole assembler of the next 5.5-inch iPhone model.

iPhone 5c successor to feature FinFET chips, say TW sources

TaiwanDigi Times — Apple is not expected to launch a successor to the iPhone 5c this year, but will instead introduce its next-generation budget smartphones in second-quarter 2016 with the devices coming with 14/16nm FinFET chips, according to sources from the semiconductor industry. The 14/16nm FinFET chips will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Samsung, the sources said.

Xiaomi, Huawei push Apple to third spot in world’s biggest smartphone market

ChinaTimes of India — SHANGHAI: Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world’s biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday. Xiaomi, known for delivering high-performance products at cheap prices, was the largest smartphone vendor in China based on shipments with a 15.9% market share in the April-June period, Canalys said in a press release.

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.