The 3G version of Apple’s iPad Mini and iPad 4 just received an approval that would compatible with China Unicom and China Telecom 3G network, where China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center TENAA listed the device as model number A1455 and A1460 respectively. Obtaining such a permit has always been an indication that a release date is imminent. More info after the break.
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.
At its WWDC keynote Monday, Apple unveiled new MacBooks and software updates that confirmed many pre-event reports and rumors. For the software part, iOS 6 is unveiled in beta form with 200 new features, and will be released to the public in the fall. Among the 200 new features, the one thing that may excite Chinese users most is the upgraded Siri, sporting the ability to speak and understand Chinese. Check out the demo after the break.
The new iPad is official, with Retina display, LTE and A5X chip, but it’s 0.6mm thicker and 0.07lbs heavier than the iPad 2. Apple announced that the new iPad will go on sale in U.S. on March 16th, with pre-orders open today. Other countries like Canada, the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and Hong Kong are getting it on the same date as well. Another batch of 26 countries will get the new iPad on March 23rd. Surprisingly, there’s no word on a China launch date.
Pre-ordering for the iPhone 4S got underway a few days ago in Hong Kong, and the process hasn’t been entirely smooth. Seriously, it was a messy one. First, Apple “quietly” pushed the pre-ordering from the traditional midnight to morning. Secondly, people were allowed to places TEN (10!!!) iPhone 4S on each order. Last but not least, REAL iPhone users are pissed that they cannot place an order for a 4S, thanks to those greedy resellers and gray market dealers.
As we all know, China still has a huge demand on iPhone 4/4S like what we previously reported the iPhone 4S was selling crazy in Hong Kong. Now there is rumor claimed China Unicom to start selling iPhone 4S as soon as the end of the year. More info after the jump.
We’d previously reported on a fake Steve Jobs biography that was being ranked as the fifth among the best-selling financial books in a book store located in Taiwan. Today, we see lots of fake Steve Jobs biographies in the book stores from mainland China. If you can’t wait for the official Steve Jobs biography, why not pick up a fake one? They start from 38 yuan ($6), very affordable.
Awesome! We’ve been waiting this for so long! Previously, we reported that Apple will open two retail stores in Hong Kong, and guess what, one of them is getting ready to open this Fall, probably the first week of September! Where is it? The new 15,000 square-foot store is located at the International Finance Center (IFC) Mall in the Central district of Hong Kong Island. How great is it? It is a flagship store with 300+ employees! And Apple spent over 20 million USD to make this store!
Remember Mr. Lo? He may be a just a normal cellphone retailer in Hong Kong, but ever since Apple’s iPhone and iPad were introduced to the market, he became the master of the grey market, exporting hundreds to thousands of iPhone 4s and iPads to mainland China. Everyone wants to know more about Mr. Lo, and here we have a video featuring on how Mr. Lo does business with HK$600,000 cash (77K USD) everyday.
Well, it’s about time! Motorola will launch its Xoom tablet in China before the end of June, according to a report from China Daily. It will come with a starting price of 4,999 yuan (about $764), for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model.
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