We have covered a lot on the unique grey market situation revolving around primarily Apple products. Since the iPhone 4 launch, Apple has been unable to curb this lucrative business in China and Hong Kong. Yesterday, Apple has opened their 7th Apple store in mainland China, and it is located at Shenzhen, which is an emerging megalopolises in southern region of China. Shenzhen is also a home to Foxconn, Apple’s primary contract manufacturer for iOS devices. It also happens to be the center of the grey market business in China, where the city is a turning point of supplying smuggle iPhone from Hong Kong. The new Shenzhen Holiday Plaza store is a significant one as it represent Apple trying to take a bite out of the grey market, which is always a thorn in Apple’s side …
Apple is gearing up to open its third store in Beijing. Taking the title as the largest store in Asia, the three-story location demonstrates Apple’s heavy investment to court the Chinese market. The new store in Beijing brings the total number of Apple Stores in China to six. China is also getting their 7th store relatively soon, the upcoming first Apple store in Shenzhen. Media reports leaked out showing workers installing lights and tables for the new store. Apple is also planning more stores in other cities like Dalian, Chengdu and Guangzhou. The company’s goal is to eventually serve many customer in every major cities, however, we are concerned about whether this will help to meet the high demand of iPhone 5 in the country. A Chinese casual consumer just want to know whether they can easily purchase an iPhone 5 while they walk-in to the new store …
UPDATE: 10 deaths have occurred from Foxconn Taiyuan riot, according to CPCW (China Popular Computer Week). However, Foxconn confirms that no employee deaths have occurred from the riot.
Things just cant get any better for Foxconn in China. We have exclusive news on a riot breaking out at Foxconn’s Taiyuan plant, the main location where 57 million units of iPhone 5 need to built for each year. 2,000 workers were involved in the mass brawl at the factory, and 5,000 police officers were called. But the most terrible thing is that at least one iPhone 5 production line got damaged. More details and videos after the jump.
We mentioned previously that Apple will be making its big push into China very soon. It seems our sources were correct on this but we have some rather shocking news. Apple will not be hiring Chinese locals to lead the stores, instead they will be hiring foreign workers and bringing them over. Why are they doing this? Jump past to find out.
In 2010, Apple announced a plan of opening 25 stores in China by the end of 2012. Today, Apple has five retail stores in China, two in Beijing, three in Shanghai, but none in South China region where major cities such as Shenzhen and Chengdu are located. Since there are always huge crowds gathering outside the China Apple stores, Apple definitely need more points of sale in the country to disperse the crowds (especially scalpers). After running through our contacts, we have found several sites in South China region that Apple real estate is bargaining for or has signed for. Interested? Read on ~
Its been a long time, almost too long. Apple is finally getting rid of the unibody design and redesigning their Macbooks to be thinner, sleeker and more powerful. Or so the rumours say. You want to know what is really going on? We have our industry specialist on the case, our top man on the M.I.C. team, back from Wujiang and he has a lot to tell you. More after the jump.
We have done some research and discovered that Apple will finally be launching their new Mac Pro. There are a variety of new technologies being utilized, so we have gotten our best in field experts to talk to our sources. What do we know? Read on to find out ~
Keeping you, our dear M.I.C. readers updated, we have some very interesting news for you. Despite the rumors that Apple would be having no home button on their next-generation iPad, we have gotten our hands on the parts through our sources, and are now able to objectively tell you our readers the truth. We also have other exclusive updates from our sources pertaining to the March 7th product launch. More info past the break. And a hands-on video of iPad 3’s front glass, rear shell, and cases.
UPDATE: Purported X-ray images of iPad 3. Check it out in our rumor roundup.
Our sources within Apple’s main supplier in Shenzhen have just filled us in on some very interesting news. It seems Apple has quite the plan for this year, when it comes to ensuring its domination of the mobile market. The iPhone 5 was a disappointment as we all remember. But we have exact details from our sources how Apple plans to recover and maintain it’s lead. Want to know? Read On!
What is the latest and greatest with the iPad 3? We have all the rumors, and all the purported specs covered. We also have an exclusive in depth look at the back shell of the iPad 3, as we have a production piece from one of our most reliable sources. Want to know more? Read on ~ Oh, and there’s one more thing: the “iPad mini”.
UPDATE 2: Purported X-ray images of iPad 3 unveiled.
UPDATE: iPad 3 front glass and power/volume buttons cable leaked.
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