Supply chain estimated to deliver 50 million units of iPhone 6 in 2014, from TW

Strong demand for Apple’s iPhone 6 has boosted Pegatron Technology’s orders for 2014 and the maker is expected to ship close to 25 million units before the end of 2014, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will also deliver about 25 million units during the period, bringing iPhone 6 overall shipments to 50 million units in 2014. These estimates do not include shipments of the iPhone 6 Plus.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141023PD202.html

Local telcos announce iPhone 6 and 6 Plus availability

KUALA LUMPUR: Maxis Bhd and DiGi Telecommunications announced separately that they will be offering the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the same date — Friday, Nov 7. Pre-orders for both iPhone models will start from Friday, Oct 31 at store.maxis.com.my for Maxis customers and http://www.digi.com.my/iphone for DiGi customers. No word on pricing plans as yet.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/10/21/Maxis-Bhd-announces-iPhone-6-and-6-Plus-availability/

Apple’s revenues from China drop again, late iPhone 6 launch to blame

Apple has revealed its newest earnings report (for fiscal Q4 2014), showing disappointing drops in revenue from greater China, its third largest geographic segment. Apple’s Greater China revenues for the past quarter (July to September) fell to US$5.8 billion, down 2.7 percent from US$5.9 billion in fiscal Q3. Its newest number is alarmingly flat from a year ago, in fiscal Q4 2013, when it recorded US$5.7 billion.

https://www.techinasia.com/apple-china-revenues-fall-fyq4-2014/

Strong demand for the iPhone 6 boosts Taiwanese exports orders

TAIPEI–Booming shipments of the iPhone 6 helped Taiwan’s export orders jump 12.7 percent in September year-on-year to a record US$43.3 billion, the government said Monday. It marked an eighth straight month of growth in export orders for tech-rich Taiwan, the economic ministry said in a statement. Orders for information and mobile devices rose 16.3 percent from a year ago to US$12.9 billion, “mainly due to the launch of international brand name mobile devices that led to the significant increase of orders,” the ministry said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-taiwan/2014/10/21/419948/Strong-demand.htm

Chinese Store Hires Tailor to Re-size Pockets of iPhone 6 Plus Customers for Free

If you love your skinny jeans, then the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is probably not the best choice for you, considering its 5.5-inch length. However, if you are planning on overlooking the new Apple product just based on its bulky size, think again, because a Chinese tech store has just the perfect solution for this size trouble. Apple rolled out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in India and China on Friday, and while the former would not have any issue fitting into an average pants pocket, as it is just 4.7 inches large, the iPhone 6 Plus, is at the best, going to be a bit snug in most pants pockets, if it does manage to slip in.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/chinese-store-hires-tailor-re-size-pockets-iphone-6-plus-customers-free-611778

China accused of wiretapping Apple iCloud data as new iPhones roll out to customers: report

Just days after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China, anti-censorship watchdog GreatFire.org reports  the country’s authorities are staging a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack on Apple’s cloud storage service, iCloud. The attack is limited to users who access iCloud on a desktop or mobile browser where they are required to enter their username and password. A MITM attack happens when two parties – iCloud users and iCloud, in this case – believe they are communicating directly to each other, when in fact a third party is collecting and relaying all the messages in between them.

https://www.techinasia.com/china-accused-wiretapping-apple-icloud-data-iphones-roll-customers-report/

iCloud on iOS 8 unlocked in Vietnam

A “techman” in Hanoi said that before the official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple had patched vulnerabilities and upgraded the security level of iCloud, which contains a feature that allows users to locate and find their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac in case they are lost or stolen. This made it more difficult for them to unlock Apple’s products. However, in mid-October, the techmen announced that iCloud on iOS 8 had been successfully unlocked, one month after iOS 8 was launched in the market on September 17.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/114481/icloud-on-ios-8-unlocked-in-vietnam.html

Apple begins iPhone 6 sales in China, after nearly a month’s delay

SHANGHAI, Oct 18 ― Apple began selling its latest iPhone in China yesterday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators, but it faces a tough battle with rivals led by Samsung in the crucial market. Staff at an Apple Store in downtown Shanghai clapped and congratulated iPhone 6 customers as they left the shop, which opened two hours early for those who had pre-ordered.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/apple-begins-iphone-6-sales-in-china-after-nearly-a-months-delay

Apple starts iPhone 6 sales in key China market

[Shanghai] Apple began selling its latest iPhone in China Friday, nearly a month after other major territories due to a licence delay by regulators, but it faces a tough battle with rivals led by Samsung in the crucial market. Staff at an Apple Store in downtown Shanghai clapped and congratulated iPhone 6 customers as they left the shop, which opened two hours early for those who had pre-ordered.

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/apple-starts-iphone-6-sales-in-key-china-market

TSMC reportedly lands CPU orders for Apple next-generation iPad

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015, according to sources familiar with the matter. TSMC is currently fabricating Apple’s A8 processors for the iPhone 6 devices, which hit the market recently and total shipments are expected to reach 70-80 million by the end of 2014.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20141015PD206.html

Get ready to preorder iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from Amazon, Flipkart, or Infibeam

Indian ecommerce portals Amazon, Flipkart, and Infibeam are taking preorders of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With a promise of an assured delivery on launch day (October 17), the listings also reveal the price – iPhone 6 starting at INR53,500 and iPhone 6 Plus starting at INR62,500. Users can preorder the iPhones online from today to avoid waiting in the queues to purchase one later (Flipkart , Amazon , Infibeam).

http://www.techinasia.com/indian-ecommerce-portals-start-preorders-for-iphone-6-iphone-6-plus/

China has now preordered more than 4 million new iPhones

Well, that was fast. After selling 2 million iPhone 6 and 6 Pluses during the first six hours of preorders in China, the train has kept on rolling. Now, according to Tencent Digital , Chinese consumers have preordered more than 4 million of the devices. That number does not include preorders from Apple’s website or China’s Apple stores, which will not begin accepting preorders until October 10.

http://www.techinasia.com/china-preordered-4-million-iphones/

China’s regulators give final approval to iPhone 6, set for launch October 17

Weeks after the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus first went on sale, Apple’s newest phones finally have full approval from China’s regulators. The last remaining rubber stamp comes from MIIT , which has approved the devices after analyzing both the hardware and iOS 8. (Update 3 hours after publishing: Apple has just confirmed its China launch for October 17 for both iPhone 6 variants, arriving on all three Chinese telcos. That’s the same date as for India. Online pre-orders in China begin October 10. We’ve updated the article’s headline with this new information.)

http://www.techinasia.com/china-regulators-give-final-approval-iphone6/

Offline retailers may boycott iPhone 6 as iPhone 5S being offered at discounted prices on e-commerce sites

NEW DELHI: Some mobile phone retailers have threatened to boycott Apple’s much-awaited iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models after their expected pre-Diwali launch because they are miffed that the iPhone 5S is being offered at heavily discounted prices on popular e-commerce sites Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. According to sellers that ET spoke to, some of the 1.5 lakh retailers claimed they have returned their iPhone 5S models, saying they can’t compete with the discounts, which have lowered the price of the device to less than their cost.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/offline-retailers-may-boycott-iphone-6-as-iphone-5s-being-offered-at-discounted-prices-on-e-commerce-sites/articleshow/43755847.cms

China busts mass iPhone 6 smuggling

China in recent days has busted a slew of smugglers bringing Apple iPhone 6 models into the country ahead of their official release here, with officials on Sunday reporting the latest seizure of 453 smartphones in Shanghai. Hundreds more were seized during three separate busts Thursday through Saturday in Hong Kong, including from men with a speedboat who were loading contraband onto a wooden sampan-style boat in a mangrove, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/mobile/434838/china-busts-rampant-iphone-6-smuggling

TSMC, Samsung split orders for iPhone 6 processors: HIS

TAIPEI — A product teardown by research firm IHS Inc. has found that South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. is still supplying some processor chips for Apple Inc.’s larger-screen iPhones, although more orders are going to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電). In an analysis report published Tuesday, IHS said the Apple-designed A8 processor used in both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is not supplied entirely by Samsung, signaling a major departure in component supplier selection from previous iPhone models.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2014/09/25/417974/TSMC-Samsung.htm

Shanghai authorities ban government officials’ use of iPhone

Authorities in Shanghai have banned the use of all foreign smartphones, including Apple’s popular iPhone, by government officials, according to a report from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Stories in several PRC media outlets noted the ban, which was announced during an economics forum held at Beijing University on Friday. The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, pointed out the restriction in a tweet last week. “Shanghai authorities has [sic] ordered all cadres to use China-made smartphones only, a forum organized by [Beijing] University said Friday,” the publication said.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/shanghai-authorities-ban-government-officials-use-of-iphone/

China regulator says iPhone 6 in final review stages: Tencent

BEIJING: Apple Inc’s iPhone 6 is in the final stages of review for approval, with results due shortly, a top Chinese government regulator said in an interview published on Tuesday by Tencent.  The status of the iPhone 6 in China has been a mystery since Apple unveiled the device this month without releasing a launch date for the world’s largest smartphone market.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/09/23/China-regulator-says-iPhone-6-in-final-review-stages-Tencent/

Hong Kong Apple Store met with protest over supply chain violations on iPhone 6 launch day

Apple has implemented improved reservation procedures and policies for employees dealing with the iPhone 6 launch today at retail stores, but the launch at the company’s Hong Kong store hasn’t gone quite as smooth as elsewhere. The store was hit by protesters from the Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) and also required police to help disperse customers that had waited in line without reservations.

http://9to5mac.com/2014/09/19/hong-kong-apple-store-met-with-protest-over-supply-chain-violations-on-iphone-6-launch-day/

Huge queues across Asia on iPhone 6 launch day

Tens of thousands of people across Asia rose very early – or got no sleep at all – today as they flocked to Apple stores and telcos’ shops to try grab an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) newest phones hit only 10 countries today for the first wave of launches, of which just four are in the Asia-Pacific region – Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. Those who could not grab an iPhone 6 when pre-orders opened last week hit the streets early in the hope of getting one before stocks run out. Some camped out overnight.

http://www.techinasia.com/huge-queues-across-asia-iphone6-launch-day/