Apple crosses $1-billion sales mark in India

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI | KOLKATA: Apple crossed the $1-billion sales mark in Indian operations for the first time in the year ended March, according to results filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) on Wednesday. The maker of iPhones and iPads posted a 44% increase in sales to Rs 6,472.89 crore from Rs 4500.35 crore and net profit doubled to Rs 242.85 crore from Rs 119.48 crore as the company widened its retail network and stepped up marketing efforts, including buyback schemes, installment programmes and discounts. The rupee traded at around 62-63 against the dollar in FY15.

Days after Huawei hires iPhone designer, lures Microsoft partner as more Chinese firms see world as their oyster

China.gifSCMP — A former principal researcher at Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA) has left the company to join a one-year-old start-up in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, in the latest move by an ambitious Chinese tech enterprise to recruit top talent from a big global player. said on Tuesday it has hired 48-year-old Li Shipeng as its chief technology officer. Li joined MSRA in 1999 and became one of Microsoft’s partners in 2012.

Apple’s Siri confused between Dussehra and Eid, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Apple may be trying to make Siri smarter every year, but the virtual assistant seems unable to stop making goof-ups. This time around, Siri seems confused about how to greet someone on the festival of Dussehra. Upon being asked “Is it a holiday today?” the voice assistant answers that it is Dussehra, and then wishing them “Eid Mubarak.”

Apple Stores finally coming to India

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA :The Apple Store is coming to India — or at least a few counters are, along with those signature wooden tables. They will be debuting in India in partnership with Tata-owned consumer electronics chain Croma, which will host Apple at six of its locations as a pilot.

Apple iPhone 6s/6s Plus sales in the first 3 days were 10-15% weaker than iPhone 6 series in Japan, say reports

JapanDigi Times — Apple’s iPhone products have strong demand in Japan and accounted for 60% of the country’s smartphone sales in 2014; however, despite iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ strong sales of 13 million units worldwide in the first three days after release, sales in Japan in the first three days were 10-15% less than those of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, according to a report from research firm BCN.

Apple begins reselling used iPhones in China

China.gifApple has teamed up with Foxconn to sell second-hand iPhones, Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily reports. Apple will reclaim the used iPhone smartphones and resell them to consumers after maintenance via Foxconn’s e-commerce subsidiaries, eFeihu and FLNet. Initial cooperation will focus on the iPhone4 and later models, as well as the iPad series. According to Apple, it will buy back used iPhone4S models for 500 yuan (US$81), and resell them for 899 yuan (US$145) with a one-year guarantee.

Apple bestseller in urban China on eve of Xiaomi fifth anniversary

China.gifThe buzz over whether Chinese smartphone up-and-comer Xiaomi can outshine global leader Apple has reached new volumes as the company unveiled its latest line of products ahead of their fifth anniversary on Monday. China’s leading smartphone vendor Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Note pink edition on Tuesday, a fashion device which is geared toward women, along with four other new products, including Red Mi 2A, Mi TV 2 and the new Mi Power Strip.

Apple tops Taiwan smartphone market for 5th straight month

TaiwanApple led Taiwan’s smartphone market in sales volume and sales value and had the best-selling single model for the fifth consecutive month in February, according to statistics released Wednesday by industry sources. A total of 771,000 smartphones were sold in Taiwan in February, down 3.4% from a month earlier, the figures showed. Apple was once again the top smartphone vendor with a 23.4% share of all smartphones sold, followed by Taiwan-based HTC with a 19% share, Samsung Electronics with a 14% share, Asustek Computer of Taiwan with a 12% share and Sony Mobile with a 9.1% share.

TSMC to supply chips for rumored iPhone 6S and 6C

TaiwanTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple in the second half of 2015 as the foundry will supply 20nm chips for an upcoming 6C model and 16nm FinFET chips for 6S models, according to industry sources. TSMC is reportedly the sole supplier of processors for Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which industry observers believe are the best selling iPhone models of all time. Strong demand for the 6 and 6 Plus has boosted TSMC’s sales generated from 20nm process technology.

Apple to launch trade-in programme in China

ChinaNEW DELHI: Apple Inc plans to introduce a trade-in program for iPhones in China in association with the Foxconn Technology Group, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the effort.  Under the program, consumers will be able to exchange older iPhones at Apple stores in China for credit against the company’s products starting March 31, Bloomberg reported. Chinese demand for larger-screen iPhones helped fuel Apple’s record profit of $18 billion in the final quarter last year.

Apple rumored entry-level iPhone 6C to be made by Wistron

TaiwanApple is reportedly planning to unveil a new range of iPhones in the second half, and among the new smartphones, the 4-inch entry-level iPhone 6C is expected to be manufactured by Wistron, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, the ODM declined to comment on clients or orders. Wistron and Compal Electronics recently joined as manufacturing partners of Apple. Wistron is mainly handling the vendor’s previous-generation iPhones while Compal assembles iPads.

Hon Hai exec allegedly steals 4,000 iPhone 6 handsets

TaiwanNew Taipei District prosecutors on Thursday summoned a Hon Hai Precision Industry executive for questioning on allegations that he had stolen 4,000 iPhone 6 handsets. Initial findings of an investigation revealed that the suspect surnamed Tsai is a veteran executive at Hon Hai, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer which manufactures many Apple products.

Shipments of iPhone 6 devices to reach 53 million units in 1Q15, says paper, from TW

TaiwanApple is expected to ship 53 million units of iPhone 6 devices in the first quarter of 2015, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, citing data from Morgan Stanley. The US-based investment institution forecast previously iPhone 6-series shipments for the quarter to reach 51 million units. Meanwhile, shipments of all iPhone devices will reach 54.5 million units during the quarter, down 21% on quarter but up 43% on year.

Apple’s market share in China rises to highest ever

ChinaTHE popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple’s market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground, a consumer survey showed. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said yesterday that its latest survey of 15,000 people living in Chinese cities showed Apple’s market share hit 25.4 percent in the November-January period, up from 20.9 percent a year earlier. That was a record for Apple in the world’s largest smartphone market, but not enough to catch up Chinese maker Xiaomi, which claimed 27.6 percent.

Apple No.1 4G smartphone, tablet vendor in India: CMR

IndiaNEW DELHI: iPhone maker Apple has emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country with a market share of 45% in October-December period, CyberMedia Research (CMR) today said. According to the research firm, over one million LTE devices, including smartphones, tablets and data cards were shipped to the Indian market in the fourth quarter of 2014, marking the ‘coming of age’ of the 4G devices.

Local iPhone sales given okay from Apple, from Myanmar

MyanmarAuthorised resellers are required to receive extensive approval from the American tech firm in everything from store location and design to stock they carry before receiving approval. The high standards can push a shop to become better, but require significant investments of time and money. Apple has four authorised resellers in Myanmar: Futureworld, mDrive, The Analytics Company (TAC) and Wai Yan Electronics. All have the go-ahead to start selling iPhones, but their launches have so far been different.

Apple ties with Samsung as world’s top smartphone vendor

KoreaSEOUL: Apple caught up with Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone vendor in the fourth quarter of 2014, thanks to booming sales of its new iPhone 6, market researcher Strategy Analytics said Thursday (Jan 29). Apple reported a record net profit of US$18 billion in the quarter, on the back of what the California tech titan described as “staggering” iPhone 6 sales – especially in China.

Samsung Electronics to be main chip supplier for next iPhone: Report

KoreaSEOUL: South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be the main supplier of processors powering Apple Inc’s next iPhone, Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in the semiconductor industry.  Samsung will be responsible for around 75 per cent of the chip production for the next iPhone, the South Korean newspaper said.

Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6 ranks as top seller in local market

TaiwanTAIPEI — The iPhone 6, one of Apple Inc.’s newest smartphone models, ranked as the best-selling model in Taiwan for December 2014, industry sources said Friday. In addition, Apple grasped first place in both smartphone sales value and sales volume for the month, the sources said. Local consumers’ enthusiasm toward the two new iPhone models with larger displays — the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus — remained strong after the two models hit he local market in late September, the sources said.

iPhone hits record sales market share in South Korea, grows to 51% in Japan

KoreaApple’s iPhone is on a roll in a number of important Asian markets, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research (hat-tip to the Wall Street Journal for spotting this). The iPhone hit a record high sales market share in South Korea, accounting for 33 percent of monthly sales in the country in November. The stronger shipments of the iPhone in South Korea seem to have coincided with a big slip for Samsung: