Believe it or not, recent report in China have suggested that Apple’s iPhone 5 may launch in China earlier, most likely in October. The 3C (China compulsory certification) appeared to have approved Apple’s iPhone 5 far more expediently than it has in the past. With the previous models of the iPhone, it typically took Apple two months to receive its certification from China. But this time, the 3C mark came just five days after the iPhone 5 started selling in the US, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The Foxconn’s Taiyuan plant was closed after a massive riot broke out on Monday, and caused at least one iPhone 5 production line damaged. Workers at the factory were back to work on Tuesday. So will there be another riot? What will the workers do to get the world’s attention?
Dumping that Galaxy S3 for the iPhone 5 but wish you could still keep the sleek and sexy flip cover? It seems you can, with this iPhone 5 version of the flip cover.
Remember our breaking undercover journalist story being reported a week ago? Regarding the most recent riot, we have contacted the same undercover journalist called Wang Yu via QQ (China’s most popular IM software) and he has something to say. He made 3 very close friends during the 10 days stay in the Taiyuan Foxconn factory and he talks about their miserable life in Foxconn.
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.
A few hundreds people gathered amid tight security outside Hong Kong’s Apple Store yesterday as they awaited their chance to buy the new iPhone 5. Several hundred Apple fans have queued up early in Hong Kong to collect their latest Apple’s gadget. The atmosphere was orderly with less exhilaration. More than a dozen security guards were on hand, and the store had pre-empted the possibility of an overly large crowd forming by making the iPhone 5 available only to people who had made online reservations, with a limit of two per person. But that didn’t stop other Hong Kong residents and grey market traders from scrambling to get the latest iPhone 5 …
Now that we’re all about to get the next generation iPhone in our grubby little hands, it is time we shifted our focus to the accessories! Most people don’t want to get their hot new toy dirty or damaged on the first day… Whether or not we are showing blatant disregard for John Ive’s feelings by buying a case, the bottom line is our investment is protected. Here’s a case roundup for those of us who care for our gear.
A Chinese tech site has brought a beta version of Xiaomi phone 2 while attending the Apple announcement event a weeks ago, and shot some comparing photo with the iPhone 5. We have the chance to see the most cost-effective Chinese smartphone meet the Apple latest handset. Xiaomi, the Chinese handset maker of the MiOne “Xiaomi Phone,” has announced the Mi2 smartphone in August, and it is expected to go on sale for 1,999 Chinese yuan (around $314), unsubsidized, this October. Xiaomi phone 2 is a device that ticks virtually every checkbox an Android user could hope for. We hope to see more comparison on both device soon, since the engineering version of Xiaomi phone 2 will be releasing this week. Two more pics after the break.
Where to buy an iPhone 5? You can purchase it from an Apple Retail Store, the Apple Online Store, or your carrier’s store. However, if you can’t wait till Friday, the 21st of September, well, if you are in Hong Kong, you can visit the local grey market to get the iPhone 5 first if you don’t mind paying a hefty premium on it. How much? US$1135 for an unlocked 16GB, and that’s a markup of nearly 40 per cent. More details after the break.
Apple’s new iPhone 5 has announced last week and it attracted plenty of attention from Chinese netizens . On China’s popular microblogging service Sina Weibo, #iPhone5 is Here# is currently still the number one trending hashtag topic, with over 19 million mentions over the past week and millions of messages posted each day. Despite featuring a so-called larger screen and being both thinner and lighter than the previous model, the new iPhone’s features and improvements failed to convince most respondents. Most of them notice that the new iPhone 5 is basically just a longer iPhone with taller screen. So photoshop experts have created some comical images which dubbed fun and humor, and these pictures are widely circulated on the Chinese-language internet …
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