Apple’s products are still a symbol of fashion and superiority in China community. i-products are the most popular choice for lucky draw gifts chosen by companies to reward their employees during Chinese year-end parties. Last year, Apple launched the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, the two devices have since become the most sought-after items on the purchase lists of several companies. Several Apple distributors in Shanghai that supplies for the iPad Mini had remained relatively tight, with some distributors failing to secure supplies. A number of companies had placed an order for up to 100 iPad Mini devices. While some e-commerce operators were able to grab a sufficient supply of Apple’s products …
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.
If you are a reader of M.I.C. Gadget, you probably love to see the counterfeit iPods, iPhones, and iPads we have introduced to you. Throughout the year, Chinese counterfeiting reaches a new low with the cloning of fake Apple stores selling real Apple products. The Chinese counterfeiters even have cheap “iPhone 5″ knockoffs for sale before Apple introduces the next iPhone. What’s more impressive is that there’s a MacBook Air knockoff from Shenzhen called the AirBook that looks near identical to Apple’s unibody MacBook Air upon first glance. So, the Apple counterfeits are very attractive, and we would like to show you all the best ones in this super round-up post, just read on to catch up with us!
Chinese knockoff makers gets into the super-thin notebook game in a big way with the $499 AirBook. We’ve played around with it for a while now and can say that it looks very similar to Apple’s MacBook Air, and it’s very cheap. Unfortunately being cheap comes at a price.
The techno-sweatshops of Shenzhen have never seen an Apple design they weren’t willing to ineptly rip off, but this unibody MacBook Air knock-off is a totally different thing, it even rip off Apple’s MacBook Air unibody enclosure, for under half the price of the real thing.
My god. The knockoff makers have evolved. Their latest MacBook Air knockoff could surely impress people who would never have bought the real thing. Check out a hands-on video and more photos after the break!
UPDATE: Hands-on video
The MacBook you are using right now, is machined from a single piece of aluminum, an engineering breakthrough that replaced many parts with just one. It’s called the unibody. And this unibody aluminum casing is made by a Taiwanese company, Catcher Technology, that has factories in mainland China. Recently, the company needs to close down a factory in eastern China due to complaints of a “strange odor” coming from the building. The smell was so bad it was bothering neighbors near the factory. And since Catcher is Apple’s MacBook casing supplier, the Chinese factory shutdown may affect Apple MacBook supplies.
UPDATE: Catcher hoping to reopen the plant in November, planning to spend US$2-3 million to modify equipment and manufacturing processes.
Whoa, looks like Apple is putting a lot of attention on China’s fake Apple products. According to Patently Apple, the latest 37 design patents that were granted to Apple in China concern the iOS, MacBook Air, iPod nano and Shanghai Apple store. So, if the knockoff makers have any intentions on copying the design of any of these stuff, they will definitely get SUED by Apple.
This week, Apple’s release of its new MacBook Air in China will likely prove a big hit in the country. Apple fever is gaining momentum in China and there is no other laptop product on the market with the characteristics of the new MacBook Air. It is poised to be a big hit in the Greater China region because nowadays more Chinese consumers can afford to own a Mac computer. There are four MacBook Air models for sale in China’s online stores, two each in 11-inch and 13-inch configurations, and the Chinese customers will be receiving their item in three working days or within 24 hours after their order, shipping is free. One thing to be noted, the wealthy Chinese consumer will properly installed Microsoft Windows to their new MacBook Air …
We hope this weekend should appear to be going pretty well for everyone. We know the Americans have to stay at home because of the hurricane, and of course, everybody are still talking about the resignation of Steve Jobs, especially there are some photos floating around the Internet of Steve Jobs looking really ill. The Chinese Internet is abuzz over those pictures too, but we are not covering too much news on this one, just to pay a little respect on Steve Jobs’ privacy. Ok, anyone of you failed to catch up this week’s tech stories in China, we have got you covered. Here are the interesting China news you should not miss!
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