September 5, 2012 | by: Chris Chang
We won’t see the new iPhone be officially introduced to the world until next week’s Apple event in San Francisco, but the device has been getting plenty of play in leaked photos lately, and now we get a peek at the device in a video, showing off the new iPhone booting up, and a look at how the snappy the device seems to be. Check out the video after the break, and more photos.
July 30, 2012 | by: Chan Zhuang
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.
So before we get into the bits we have about the hiring, we took the chance to have a little chit-chat with some of our contacts in the flagship Hong Kong Apple Store at IFC Center to explain to us just how the hierarchy in an Apple store works. Here is what we found out.
In every store you have a Store Leader, which is the head person for that store. They deal with all departments and act as the link between corporate and Retail divisions in Apple. Down them below that it gets split three ways.
The Red Zone
You have the Red Zone, which is usually the front of the store. That is the part where all the product gets sold. It is run by the Red Zone Leader. Note that the back of house, the shipping is also run by the Red Zone leader in many stores, but there may be one dedicated to it in bigger stores. Also of note is the Visuals Team, the team responsible for making everything look tidy and resetting all the Apple devices everyday when people prank on them (recently someone spent 2 hours to reset the browser’s default page on in-store iPads).
You have the Family Room near the back of the store, or on another floor. This is where all the geniuses who fix things, creative who teach lessons and business customers come for service. It is run by another leader, from the Family Room. The Geniuses also have a Lead Genius to coordinate things and the creative likewise have a Lead Creative to ensure things go smoothly.
Finally you have the Business team, which has of course a business manager. They are dedicated to both selling and providing service to business clients. They work with both the Red Zone and Family Room to provide the service the clients need.
One More Thing
One other thing, there is a very special Store Leader called a Market Director. He/She is the Leader for the whole market and has the responsibility to make decisions based on trends in the market. The one for the China market is in Pudong Shanghai Apple store, and the one for Hong Kong is in the IFC Apple Store.
So, now that we have an understanding of leadership in an Apple store, let us show you what we had passed onto us by one of our readers. It’s an internal recruitment ad for Apple, that may or may not be live yet. We quote:
Store Lead-5946-Tricities/Pitt/MapleBrief Description:
The Apple Store is not only one of the most innovative retailers in the world; it’s also one of the fastest growing. With more than 350 stores worldwide and counting, Apple is growing across Asia and we are looking for smart, engaging, supportive, and dynamic people who have a passion for Apple and its products to join the team.
Store Leader may be the official job title, but Visionary is more like it. We’re looking for people with premium-brand retail store or district leadership experience who are ready to take it up a notch. If you’re an innovative thinker, a master strategic planner, and an excellent coach, partner, and friend, then you could be a key player in our retail revolution.
This individual will be asked to lead a store in China or Hong Kong therefore we are looking for individuals who are interested in relocating. Candidates must have at least 10 years of senior management experience in a customer service rich field. The ability to speak Mandarin or Cantonese (or the willingness to learn) is essential.
We will be visiting select cities on the West Coast so you can have a chance to Get to Know Apple and find out more about Apple Retail and our Stores and opportunities in China and Hong Kong.”
So, it seems Apple is looking for those rare individuals that can handle the stressful job at a China Apple retail store that is routinely packed. However, they did not choose Chinese nationals. This is very interesting, because they have had the job open in both the Hong Kong and Chinese market for quite some time. Even more curious, they offer to train a candidate in one of the most difficult languages too. In our opinion this shows they are very desperate for candidates, or they are planning on opening up many China Apple retail stores in the near future as we have been following.
We will keep you informed as we find out more.
July 16, 2012 | by: Chris Chang
One of the things that excited me most about going to Taiwan was the idea that I could check out the hilarious Taiwan bakery that create the packaging of their famous cake products in the form of Apple iPhone and iPad packaging. We reviewed the iFong
, which is a pineapple cake in the form of iPhone’s packaging. Today, we want to introduce you another phenomenal cake product called the iYou, a pomelo cake featuring a packaging box that is quite similarly designed to Apple’s iPad. Lots of photos and a video after the break.
Apparently, this Taiwanese iPad snack — iYou — takes the people’s love for iPads and combines it with their love for pomelo cake, apparently the country’s pastry of choice. Just in case this is the first time you stumbled across the word “pomelo
” or heard of it and doesn’t understanding it too much, pomelos are actually Chinese grapefuits. In Mandarin, it’s called 柚子 (you zi), a homophone for words that mean “prayer for a son.”
The back of the packaging box.
It weighs 480 grams (that’s 6 pieces of pomelo cakes altogether), and it’s made in Taiwan. On the box, it says “100th Anniversary Edition Box Set”.
Ingredients include Taiwan pomelo, baking powder, baking soda, bean paste, and confectioners’ sugar. And the cake can be kept for 30 days.
On the front of the packaging box, it shows 12 apps — Mid Autumn Festival, Six in Package, Pure Handmade, 30 Days of Taste, Egg and Milk Food, Freshly Made, 100% Fun, No Fat with Hunger, Small Pomelo, For Gift, Chef Recommendation, and Made in Taiwan.
We’ve got the iPad packaging box and the iYou packaging box to compare side by side.
iYou has its own logo that looks like a pear missing a bite on one side.
iYou’s packaging box is bigger than the iPad box.
Both look awesome.
Ready to open it…
There are six pieces of pomelo cakes inside.
Every single one is nicely packaged.
It comes with a card, saying 100% Natural. We love the Taiwanese bakery designing a cartoon character for the iYou.
Flipping the card we see more descriptions of the iYou.
They describe the iYou as the combination of the mooncake and pomelo.
Let’s try one!
Well, we think it’s pretty healthy to eat this.
Can’t wait to see what’s inside!
The iYou pomelo cake is baked in a pear shape.
Let’s cut the cake in half.
It feels crisp and soft.
So what does it taste like? Like mashed potatoes. The filling is quite sweet, and you can really taste the flavor of grapefruits.
Here’s one more thing about the iYou. It’s actually made for Mid-Autumn Festival. At Mid-Autumn Festival, it is common to share pomelos which especially in Southern China symbolize prosperity, since the name for pomelo in Cantonese is “yow”, which means “to have”. So, Chinese iPad fans have the iYou to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival. Pretty cool huh?
Eva Ng contributed to this report.
July 9, 2012 | by: Chris Chang
| Apple Wtf
A two-year-old little boy from Hangzhou city, East China’s Zhejiang Province has just given a nice ‘Apple’ haircut by his parent. The boy shows off his eccentric hairstyle with the Apple logo on his head. The young mother said it’s an easy job for this kind of haircut because she used some special modeling tools while shaving the boy’s hair. We are not too sure whether Apple will sue the little boy for illegally using their company logo on hair styling …
July 6, 2012 | by: Chan Zhuang
| Apple China
Here’s something iconic: We took a trip to Taiwan, and visited a bakery shop to try their wildly popular pineapple cakes which are being sold under the name iFong
. So of course we had to eat it and tell you what does the iFong taste like. It was sweet, and taste like apple pie.
July 3, 2012 | by: Chan Zhuang
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.
June 19, 2012 | by: Chris Chang
| Apple Foxconn's Hell Factory
Foxconn has partnered with an university in China to provide a summer internship for the university students to earn some work experiences (assembling iPhones and iPads?). But the stupidest thing is this internship program is a compulsory curriculum
. Students would NOT
be permitted to graduate if they don’t participate the work experience.