This is how much the Russian government hates the fake phones and smuggling. Over 127 units of fake iPhones were confiscated by Russian customs after a Chinese smuggler unsuccessfully proved they were genuine. He got fined for about 65 dollars, and over $36,500 of smuggle goods were executed by an excavator and were burnt in the boiler house in front of a gathered crowd of witnesses, and it was filmed to warn posterity. Can’t they just destroy the fake phones in a more simple way than using the excavator? Video after the break.
Many people are not pleased with Apple’s iPhone 5 partly because the screen is too small when there are competitors like Samsung Galaxy Note and some other Android handsets with big screen. If you have the same complains, then you can take a look at how this 7-inch Android tablet ripoff iPhone 5’s two-tone design. Don’t expect it to come with impressive specs like quad-core processor, but at least it can make phone calls on GSM/GPRS networks, and it also includes functions like GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. There’re dual cameras on the device and pre-installed Android 4.0.4. More photos after the break.
iPad Mini, in its cellular version will hit China this Friday. The WiFi model has already arrived in China early last month, merely one month after its debut in the States. Last week, Tim Cook visited China and has reported on the release of the product in an interview with local reporters. Now the Chinese are able to buy a cellular iPad Mini if they are preparing a gift for the Chinese New Year. And yes, the Chinese version only support 3G radio, no 4G LTE, as the country has not ready for that kind of super mobile internet speed. It will supports UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), CDMA EV-DO and GSM/EDGE cellular network, and it can only be used on China Telecom and China Unicom only. The cellular version iPad Mini is priced at 3,488 yuan (US$563), 4,288 yuan (US$692) and 5,088 yuan (US$821) for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB respectively. The 4th gen iPad will also provide cellular version, priced at 4,688 yuan (US$756), 5,488 (US$855) and 6,288 (US$1,014).
[UPDATE] Around 1,000 workers have gone on strike over poor pay, overcrowded accommodation and low quality staff meals at a supplier linked to Foxconn in the city of Fengcheng in southeast China’s Jiangxi province. The industrial action began on Thursday and continued on Friday. “Riot police” was reportedly intervened by using a water cannon as well as physical violence to suppress and arrest demonstrators.
Last year, to mark the first anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, Madame Tussauds had revealed a new wax figure of the legendary technology pioneer in Hong Kong. The Steve Jobs wax figure has given the public the opportunity to pay some tribute to a genius who has helped to shape the world with technology. We had visited the museum and we are deeply impressed by the craftsmanship. Now the wax figure has traveled on to China Shanghai for a second reveal. ‘Steve Jobs’ will be staying in Shanghai for three months, the next stop will be Thailand. As what we know, there is no plan for presenting the figure in the west. You can find out more info on Madame Tussauds’ Shanghai official web page. Few more pics after the jump.
Over this week, there were plenty of buzz from major medias like WSJ, DigiTime and Reuters about whether a cheaper iPhone is in the work or not. Coincidentally, Tim Cook and Apple Marketing SVP Phil Schiller were spotted in China meeting with a number of Chinese government officials, China’s three major mobile operators and interviewed by local journalists. In an official interview with Phil Schiller, he allegedly told the Shanghai Evening News that “Apple is not interested in making a cheap and low-profit iPhone”. However, this claim is now rejected after the publisher made “substantial changes” to the article. Rumors of the cheaper iPhone are still swirling around, and we have translated several comments from China’s biggest social network Sina Weibo. Let’s take a look of what do they think about the low-cost iPhone after the break.
Tim Cook has visited China Mobile’s headquarters today for his second China trip and met with the company’s chairman to discuss matters of cooperation. China Mobile is the country’s largest mobile operator but also the only operator that haven’t signed a deal with Apple. The CEO has also visited China Telecom and China Unicom, which the iPhone 5 is currently only available on these two networks in China. Cook had a nice dinner with the management of China Telecom last night, both sides have expressed great satisfaction and will have further cooperation in the future. The chairman even hope Apple could moderately supply more shipment to China Telecom than other operator …
Apple’s Chinese New Year Gift Guide just went live as part of the online Apple Store in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. More info after the break.
If you are sick of CES news, here’s something that will definitely get your attention. China’s Twitter, Sina Weibo, is filling up with pictures of Tim Cook visiting Beijing, and we found some interesting photos showing Cook taking photos with Chinese Apple fans at an underground passageway, Wangfujing Apple Store, and an authorized Apple reseller store. And guess what, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is in Beijing too. Check out the photos after the break.
Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook made his second visit to China in less than 10 months, after almost doubling retail outlets in the communist nation. Cook met the head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology yesterday to talk about the development of China’s IT industry, global mobile communications and Apple’s business in China. He also met with Gary Locke, the current United States Ambassador to China. It’s not clear what exactly Cook is doing in China this time around and what he might have on his docket …
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