Last week, Amazon launched its ebook store in China and began to sell Chinese electronic books via its mobile Kindle application on iOS and Android devices. However, there were reports emerged saying local authorities have started investigating the company’s right to sell e-books in the country, since Amazon does not have a license from publishing authorities for e-book operations.
Today, Apple opens its first retail store in Chengdu. Since Apple has fallen to sixth in market share for mobile phones in China, numerous changes have occurred. Also, we have uncovered some details about how Apple will deal with the fake Apple stores in China and numerous failures in this area Apple had over the past few years. In response, Apple has developed a “new model” of store. What is it all about? Read on to find out more ~
[UPDATE] The Grand Opening of Hong Kong third’s Apple Store in Causeway Bay was held at 9 a.m. this morning. Over hundreds of Apple fans lined up outside the retail store, where one Apple fans even brought a birthday cake to the store to celebrate her birthday with Apple’s staffs members and her friends. Furthermore, Causeway’s Apple Store took over IFC Mall’s Apple Store as Hong Kong’s biggest Apple Store and have became world’s priciest Apple Store.
There’s a new Apple Store in Hong Kong, Causeway Bay, and it’s making headlines for the past few days. Bloggers and local residents are amazed to see the new store which shows a huge glass storefront that is over 30-feet tall. It is set to open tomorrow and here we have a video and some photos to make you drool. Check it out after the jump.
Today, Apple’s popular iPhone 5 officially goes on sale in mainland China, and both China Unicom and China Telecom also start offering the iPhone 5 to customers. If you’re thinking iPhone 5’s launch in China will draw hundreds to thousands of Chinese Apple fans at Apple Stores in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, well, it’s not happening at all. Unlike during the iPhone 4S launch which also happened on a Friday this year during January, no long queues were formed outside the Apple Inc. stores in mainland China, to get a glimpse of the thinner, lighter, faster and better iPhone 5. No one camped outside the stores during the night, and perhaps Apple is happy to see no scuffles breaking out between security and shoppers today. We have videos and photos in this article to show you the death of Apple in China.
Few days ago, a Chinese woman got tasered by a pair of Nashua polices after she refused to leave an Apple Store. She named Xiaojie Li, 44 years old, a Chinese national who lives in Newton. On that day, Li was carrying about $16,000 in cash to shop for iPhone 5s, but Apple Store refused to sell it to her because the store manager explained she had already bought two iPhone 5s last Friday and the store policy limits customers to two phones each. Due to language barrier, Li couldn’t understand and thought it’s unfair because she saw other customers buying multiple iPhones, so she attempted to record video of them doing so. The manager then asked her to leave for numbers of times and saying she was not welcomed at there, but Li persisted to stay. Shortly, the store called the police officers to escort her out to provide mall security.
New iPhone 5 owners in China can use existing Micro-USB cables to power and sync their phones via the new adapter, and this will be absolutely free of charged. Available in Apple’s online store, the new Lightning to Micro-USB adapter will let user charge and sync their new iPhone 5, iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPad mini. The Lightning to Micro-USB adapter offers a handy alternative to people who already have a stock of Micro-USB cables, thereby eliminating the need to shell out money for additional accessories. The adapter will cost for US$24, and now Chinese user will get it for free when the purchase the official iPhone 5 Chinese version this week …
Apple has been looking for two sites in Chengdu to open its Apple Store, where the one on Chenghua district in the high end development MixC city has just announced on Apple’s China official site, it will have a grand opening ceremony together with Hong Kong’s third Apple Store in the morning this Saturday. More info after the break.
While Apple offers a 30-pin Camera Connection Kit — not a Lightning Connector version — the guys over at iPhone5mod has released a 3-in-1 Lightning Camera Connection Kit which is a versatile dongle with a trifecta of ports: USB, SD and microSD. Watch the promo video after the jump to see how it works.
Apple’s rank in China’s smartphone market, which is set to become the world’s largest this year, fell to No.6 in the third quarter as it faced tough competition from local Chinese brands. China is seeing competition intensifying in its smartphone sector, with global and homegrown vendors trying to outgun one another in terms of price and features. Research firm IDC said Apple saw its third-quarter ranking by market share fall two notches from its position in the second quarter. Its market share by shipments was under 10 percent in the third quarter, when China’s smartphone shipments hit a record high, at more than 60 million units …
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