Tech in Asia — How ironical that Apple still can’t find a way to put a dent in the world’s second largest market for smartphones: India. Some may quibble over whether India has already gone past the number of smartphone users in the US, or will do so in the near future. In any case, the matter will soon become moot because India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom MinisterRavi Shankar Prasad today lauded Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘s long-term commitment to India and called for working in collaboration for growth and business opportunities. “Since he has made a public statement that his commitment to India is going to be of 1000 years, I also take this opportunity publicly to compliment the CEO of Apple who is in India for his public commitment for the attachment with India.
Times of India — Apple CEO Tim Cook has hailed Chinese app developers and their contribution to world’s second biggest economy, as he began his visit here days after the tech-giant invested $1 billion in local ride hailing app Didi Chuxing. “The momentum is absolutely incredible,” Cook said in a meeting with developers, government officials and journalists.
Digi Times — Sales of high-end smartphones are decelerating, affecting orders for ICs and other parts and components, according to sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses. Apple and Samsung have both seen disappointing sales of their flagship models while Huawei has reportedly cut its 2016 shipment goal to 120-130 million units from 140 million due to poor sales of its high-end models, said the sources.
Tech in Asia — China just beat Japan to take second position for global revenue from iPhone and iPad apps, a new report says. The US is still the king of iOS app revenue generation in Q1 2016, according to App Annie (PDF link). However, China’s snapping at its heels, with a 2.2 times growth year-on-year that made it move up a notch since January.
Tech in Asia — Analysts expected that when Apple announced its quarterly earnings this morning, it would be the company’s worst quarter in more than a decade. Now, the results are in, and they’re not pretty. iPhone sales have dropped year-on-year for the first time ever, and revenue dropped for the first time in a decade. And China, which has often been the engine of growth Apple can lean on in the lean times, saw a big drop, too.
Digi Times — Shipments of iPhone devices are expected to continue to decline to around 40 million units in the second quarter of 2016 (or Apple’s fiscal third quarter) after shipments dropped 16% on year to 51.19 million units in the first quarter, sources from the iPhone supply chain in Taiwan have estimated.
IT News — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has assured law enforcement across the United States that it will help unlock mobile devices such as iPhones involved in investigations when it is allowed by law and policy. The FBI said in a letter to local authorities that it understands the challenges they face and that they lack necessary tools to monitor and investigate the communications of suspects who use encrypted mobile devices, according to the correspondence obtained by Reuters on Friday.
Add this to the list of things you can do with WeChat: buy Apple gadgets. Tencent’s messaging-app-cum-everything-platform announced Wednesday that support for WeChat Pay has been added to Apple’s official online stores in China. That means that you can now use WeChat pay for all of your Apple gadget and accessory needs.
Vietnam Net — Viettel said last week that it had become the first mobile carrier in Vietnam to be allowed by Apple to provide 4G service for iPhone 5 smartphones, iPad 4 tablets and other products of Apple. Earlier, 4G LTE could not be used for Apple products in the trial period of the service in the southern province but be available for devices running on the Android operating system.
IT News — In mid-2013, New Zealand’s 12,500-strong police force became the first law enforcement organisation in the region to fully equip its frontline with mobile devices, in an effort to stave off $150 million worth of government austerity measures. Nearly three years on, the man behind the mobility program, superintendent Jevon McSkimming, travelled across the Tasman to share what he has learnt with his Australian peers at the Informa Police Technology Forum in Canberra.
Times of India— KOLKATA: The Apple-Samsung war in India is set to intensify and spill over to the streets and malls. The maker of the iPhone plans to set up a flagship Apple Store in the country — on the lines of the famous one on Fifth Avenue in New York — and a string of smaller outlets. Leading real estate brokerage companies are already scouting for 15,000-20,000 square feet on high streets and in malls, prompting rival Samsung Electronics to look for space to set up a similar flagship outlet and revamp its existing 1,100 smartphone brand stores.
China Money Network — Apple Pay, which added over 30 million bank cards during its first day in China last week, agreed to lower fee standards and stricter security requirements in order to launch its services in China. According to an article published by Caixin Media, Apple is charging Chinese banks around half of the 0.15% fee previously under negotiation before its entry, meaning the percentage Apple Pay charges in China may be under 0.075%.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Sales of iPhone declined for the first time in fourth quarter of 2015, even as global smartphone sales exhibited slowest growth since 2008. Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 403 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, a 9.7% increase over the same period in 2014, according to analyst and research firm Gartner. However, this was their slowest growth rate since 2008. In 2015 as a whole, smartphone sales reached 1.4 billion units, an increase of 14.4% from 2014.
Apple CEO Tim Cook noted during the company’s earnings call this morning that China’s “economic softness” was becoming evident, but the slowdown apparently didn’t hurt Apple much its Q1 2016 financials (which cover a time span most other companies would consider Q4 2015).
Times of India — OSAKA, JAPAN/TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Foxconn is aiming to finalize a deal to acquire Japan’s Sharp Corp by the end of the month, after the two firms reached a consensus on most points, Foxconn chief executive officer Terry Gou said. Foxconn, known formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, has been given preferred negotiating rights and most remaining issues to be resolved were legal and regulatory, Gou said after meeting with executives of the struggling electronics maker on Friday.
ZDNet — AutoNavi Software Co., Ltd, a Beijing-based mapping company which provides data to Apple Maps in mainland China, is reported to have put its core business system in the cloud owned by technology giant Alibaba.
Times of India — NEW DELHI: Apple cut prices of its latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus by up to 16% cent just two months after their launch in India to boost flagging sales in what is historically its most crucial quarter as demand for the flagship devices nosedived from a Diwali high. The price of the iPhone 6s 16 GB model, which was introduced at Rs 62,000 on October 16, has fallen by 11-16% and now ranges between Rs 52,000 and Rs 55,000, according to four large retailers who spoke to ET on condition of anonymity.
Times of India — SHANGHAI: Apple Inc said it will launch its payment service in China as soon as 2016, pitting it against entrenched Chinese rivals Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings. Apple will partner with China’s main bank card and payment firm UnionPay, a state-controlled consortium that has a monopoly on all yuan payment cards issued and used in the country.
Times of India — KOLKATA: Apple has slashed prices of its Indian bestseller iPhone 5s for the third time in three months, bringing them down to almost half of September levels, in a bid to shore up sales as demand for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus has nose dived after Diwali. iPhone 5s prices now starts at Rs 24,999, down from Rs 44,500 in September. This makes Indian price of iPhone 5s one of the lowest globally, despite the depreciating rupee and higher import taxes making India among markets where Apple products cost the most, retailers and analysts said.
Times 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.
SCMP — 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. INGDAN.com 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.
Times 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.”
Times 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.
Digi 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 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.
The 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. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150404000094
Apple 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.
Taiwan 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.
NEW 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.