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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For iPhone users who found Apple’s default iOS keyboard too finicky, the company’s allowance of third-party keyboards for iOS 8 marked a cause for celebration. But while English speakers (or perhaps more accurately, Romance language speakers) are going gaga over SwiftKey and Fleksy for iPhone, in China, people are flocking to keyboards offered up by domestic giants Baidu and Sogou.
Foreign chipset suppliers have placed follow-up orders for chips to be used in iPhone 6 devices with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), extending order visibility of foundry houses to the first quarter of 2015, according to industry sources. Some analog IC suppliers indicated that Apple aims to ship 80-100 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014, and initial response to the new iPhone devices seems to be enthusiastic and could gain momentum.
TAIPEI–Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan’s largest mobile operator, reported heavy demand for Apple Inc.’s new smartphone models on Tuesday, saying that the first batch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus put up for pre-sale “ordered out” within 40 minutes. The online campaign began at 10 a.m., and many Apple fans said on Facebook that they had difficulty placing their orders and were told by the website to “try later.”
SINGAPORE, Sept 15 — Local telcos StarHub and SingTel have released prices for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, following M1’s release last week. Under Starhub’s new 4G 3 subscription plan which will cost subscribers S$42.90 (RM109.10) per month, prices will range from S$518 for a 16GB iPhone 6 to S$935 for a 128GB iPhone 6 Plus. Starhub’s booking site will open this afternoon for customers who registered their interest last week.
TOKYO: Apple’s proud announcement that its new iPhone could be used to buy goods in a single swipe left customers non-plussed in Japan, where mobile contactless payments have been normal fare for a decade. A type of Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, known in Japan as FeliCa, was introduced to the Japanese mobile market in June 2004 and has been been implanted in almost all phones sold in the country since.
Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement drew some disappointment in mainland China, when consumers learned that the country wouldn’t be among the first markets to receive the product. “They assemble the product in China, but don’t release it here first?” posted one Chinese Internet user on a local news portal. Other online users declared they would visit Hong Kong, where the iPhone 6 will go on sale on Sept. 19, the same date consumers in the U.S. can buy it. But some even called for a boycott of Apple products, citing the delay. “They are obviously looking down upon China. Let’s all boycott Apple,” wrote one user on the Chinese Twitter-like site Sina Weibo.
The new iPhone 6 models didn’t get a simultaneous release in China this year, which has already created a lucrative grey market for Apple’s hit smartphones. China still doesn’t have an official release date, and some Apple fans are buying grey market units for up to RMB 30,000 (US$4,890), according to Techweb. The average grey market price for the Hong Kong and US versions is over RMB 10,000 (US$1,630).
As expected, the new iPhone 6 is larger – and it comes in two variants, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. They both launch in selected countries on September 19. But in Asia-Pacific, only Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore get the two new devices during the first wave of launches, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) confirmed this morning. In all those eligible countries, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders commence on September 12.
Thegioididong.com reported on Tuesday that during the program there will be one lucky customer awarded a 60% discount for iPhone 6 and 10 other people will enjoy a reduction of VND1.6 million apiece a day. The website forecast iPhone 6 would appear on the Vietnamese market in October and that it would stop taking new orders by then. Apple has not confirmed the official launch of iPhone 6. However, it has sent out invitations to the media for a launching ceremony on September 9. Some foreign electronics media asserted Apple would present iPhone 6 and iWatch on the same day.
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.