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.
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.
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.
IT 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.
China Tech News — A number of Chinese Apple iOS apps this week were found infected with XcodeGhost malware. This makes both Apple and the technology companies who created the malware-infested apps look bad. Download speeds appear to be a prime reason why Chinese app developers of at least 57 apps, including WeChat and Didi Chuxing, chose to download the Xcode file from unsanctioned servers in China, rather than from Apple’s channels outside of China.
Nikkei — 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.
IT 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.
WSJ — Norway’s Opera Software ASA is banking on Indonesia’s spotty Internet connection speeds to boost the popularity of its bandwidth-friendly mobile browsers. The company entered the Indonesian market in 2010 and its saw its monthly active users reach 30 million last year, making this country of 250 million people its second largest market after India. Overall,
Digi 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.
Want China Times — 225,000 jailbroken iPhones have fallen victim to a malware family called “KeyRaider,” constituting the most serious iOS malware attack ever, according to our Chinese-language sister-paper Want Daily. The malware, which has mainly affected users in China, can lock phones and steal user information, allowing those behind the malware to issue ransom requests to unlock phones.
Digi Times — Global smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% on year, instead of a previous forecast of an 11.3% growth, to 1.44 billion units in 2015, according to the latest data released by IDC. However, steadily falling ASPs will fuel growth through the end of the forecast period, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019.
TSMC 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.
iOS quarterly downloads grew 30% between Q1 2014 and Q1 2015, meaning China surpassed the US and is now the world leader in iOS downloads, according to App Annie, a mobile analytics company headquartered in San Francisco. Danielle Levitas, senior vice president of App Annie, revealed the news at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing on Wednesday. Download growth translates into iOS App Store revenue gains. From Q1 2014 to Q1 2015, revenue in China grew 90% compared to 30% in the US and 50% in Japan. “China grew more quickly to narrow that gap,” she said.
St George Bank has activated Touch ID login for its iOS mobile application following the successful implementation and trials of the biometric technology by subsidiary, Bank of Melbourne. iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus users who own a St George account can now use Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to log into the app rather than typing account details each time. Support for the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to go live “in the coming months”.
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.
Another brainchild of the Chinese hacking community, the recently released Pangu iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak tool has received so much attention. It works as advertised, and according to reports, is free of the Made in China spyware that concerns past users. Pangu iOS 7.1.1 has an English display screen and lets users perform an untethered jailbreak on any device that runs iOS 7.1.1. This includes Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPad Air, said, tech website Redmond Pie.
The owner of Nhat Huy Mobile shop in HCM City, which distributed iPhone products, said a recent visitor to the shop logged in with his personal iCloud account and then left. The operation allowed him to “hijack” the mobile phone. In this case, though the phone was still usable, it could easily have been controlled by the ID owner from a distance, who could have locked the phone or erased all the data. As soon as discovering that the iPhone was “infected” with a strange account, he immediately “tracked down” the guest, the ID owner. He finally found the guest after learning his email and called for assistance on Facebook.
Many iPhone users in Australia and the US had accounts hacked recently because they used their iPhone accounts with some online services. Meanwhile, Vietnamese have been spared from the incident because few of them use these services. Ngo Tuan Anh, vice president of BKAV, a well known internet security expert, said that a series of online services had been attacked recently. From the affected accounts of the online services, the attackers logged into iCloud.com and hacked iPhones.
Apple’s Tim Cook at WWDC today just announced that nearly half of China’s new iOS users switched away from Android. But this small claim to Chinese mobile growth, an hour later, is eclipsed by Apple’s announcement that it would be supporting China on iOS in even more ways. In fact, China was the only country that Apple’s executives Tim Cook and Craig Federighi mentioned on stage.
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HANOI: Communist Vietnam is suddenly Apple Inc’s hottest market after sales there tripled in its fiscal first half, a growth rate five times faster than in India where it is spending heavily in a battle for market share. Vietnam has barely received a mention from Apple executives in their regular briefings for financial analysts. But in a quarterly conference call on Wednesday, they were talking up the potential of the country.
China downloads the second most iOS apps in the world after the US, but it still spends less money on them than the much less-populated Japan, according to App Annie. The app analytics company’s new Q1 2014 report says China could be catching up to its island neighbor, however, showing exceptional gains in both downloads and revenue. iOS App Store revenue in China grew around 70 percent last quarter.
Philippine telco Smart now has an iPhone app to go with its music streaming service. Called Spinnr, it allows users to download or stream music. All the tunes come from publishers Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Spinnr already has over three million songs in the database.
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) FaceTime was updated with audio support in iOS 7, but a growing number of iPhone and iPad owners in China are realizing that they’ve been left out. Anyone who has bought a made-for-China iPhone 5s, 5c, or newest-gen iPad will find that they only get the option to make FaceTime video calls, with the audio ability nowhere to be seen.