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Monday, April 9, 2012

I Do Not Want Any Device This Bad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 02:00 AM

"How badly do you want an iPhone and iPad? A Chinese teen sold his kidney to set his hands on the devices...and authorities have charged five people."

Incredible. And stupid.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Chinese Not Happy With Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM

"The introduction of the Apple iPhone 4S in Beijing turned ugly Friday morning when Apple failed to open its flagship store and a frustrated crowd responded by pelting the store's gleaming glass walls with eggs."

The police, fearing a problem, asked Apple not to open the store apparently. Well that didn't appear to be the right move as they had about a thousand angry people outside once that was done. Interesting note in the story was that scalpers had bussed in migrant workers, paying them about $16.00 USD to purchase the phone. No wonder they were so angry, no iPhone and no money.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Apple Ranking in Chinese Labor and Environmental Issues: Last

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 06:00 PM

"A consortium of 36 Chinese environmental groups has published a report (Chinese, PDF) that ranks Apple last among 29 multinational companies in terms of dealing with the environmental impact of its operations in China as well as the environmental impact of its activities."

Not looking particularly good here, Apple. Despite publishing their own report on supplier responsibility in 2010 (for 2009) that uncovered (and remediated?) a number of health and safety issues, this report states that Apple's record on labor and environmental issues appears less than stellar. These are vendors for Apple, and not corporate facilities, making me wonder just how much regard for the bottom line (and shareholder profitability) clashes with regard for health and safety. How much are Apple shareholders willing to spend to alleviate these concerns? Anything? Anyone have a guess?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Apple Institutes Rules to Foil Scalpers

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 10:30 PM

"Apple has been forced to change the way it sells iPhones at its four Apple Stores in China in order to deal with a problem many other companies could only dream of having: Scalpers. According to two Chinese language reports (MacSir, Fawan), scalpers (and even "gangs" of scalpers) have been buying up stock in the Apple Stores in China and reselling them at a profit outside of those same stores."

After spending a few weeks in mainland China, and being pestered endlessly everywhere to buy knock-offs of almost any imaginable product, to see the vendors (and scalpers) dealing with "real" products is amusing. Now, we only have to wonder whether those iPhones at the Silk Market in Beijing really *are* iPhones ...

Monday, September 27, 2010

iPhone 4 Huge in China

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

"After a slow start (with gray-market competition), Apple is now taking China by storm."

Speculation is, due to the shorter gap between the announcement and the availability in China, this should preclude people from buying so many knock-offs. Regardless, it certainly is popular, and why not!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

5 More Countries for the iPad on September 17th

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:43 PM

"Apple has announced that Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will be getting the iPad on Sept. 17. The launch of the iPad in these 5 Latin American countries was announced in an Apple press release (Google translation) earlier this week. "All models will be available" in each of the countries, and will be distributed by 'some Apple Authorized Resellers.'"

Coming to China? That is also happening on Friday, so that should really boost sales. You can see the press release here that has been translated by Google. No pricing yet, but I wonder what this will do to the supply problem that appears to be working itself out now? Word on the net is that Apple has rounded up other suppliers for the touch screens so the supply problems should be resolved.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wintek Workers Poisoned While Cleaning iPhone Screens

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

""Dozens of Wintek workers claim in a new lawsuit that they were poisoned by a chemical called n-hexane while cleaning glass screens of Apple's iPhone in a Chinese factory."

Grim news to start the news day. At issue is the cleaner the workers were forced to use, n-hexane, instead of the normal alcohol cleaner. N-hexane can cause nerve damage and paralysis, definitely something you don't want to be exposed to, so why would they use it? Apparently the factory manager told them they had to use it because it dried faster and left less streaks on the glass. Wintek was in the news earlier this year when they had a pretty violent strike where over 2,000 workers demonstrated and destroyed equipment and vehicles, over deaths from exposure to chemicals. Guess they didn't learn their lesson, but Apple should take note and do something about this. Crazy.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Apple Retail Expansion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:00 AM

"At Apple's annual shareholders meeting at its campus in Cupertino, Calif., Thursday, the company revealed it intends to open 25 stores in the nation of China."

This bit of info was from the Apple meeting last Thursday, but China isn't the only place Apple is going to build new stores. They plan on a total of 50 stores this year, including Shanghai, Spokane WA, Boise ID and London according to Tim Cook, Apple COO.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

O2 Fail, China Win

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"U.S.-based AT&T isn't the only wireless carrier to see its network come under heavy strain due to the popularity of the iPhone. Meanwhile, Apple's official provider for the handset in China this week reportedly reached the 300,000 unit sales mark."

O2 finally eased the burden, which started this past summer, after investing $48 million USD in their network and adding 200 mobile stations in and around London, which is where the network crashed. But in China it is all good for the iPhone as they have sold over 300,000 units since it was introduced a couple months ago. No word on how the network is handling the increase in iPhones, but since they have most of the internet censored I doubt they have much of a burden on their network.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

iPhone Officially in China

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"According to the Associated Press, the iPhone has finally officially launched in China, with one major feature missing: built-in Wi-Fi. "

So if you go buy an iPhone on the streets in China, it will cost you 20% less than the official version and you get Wi-Fi?Yea, I think I'd go for the street version too.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

China Unicom Gets the iPhone First

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"The iPhone now has an official ticket to China.Mobile phone operator China Unicom plans to start selling two versions of the iPhone in China in the fourth quarter of 2009, under a three-year deal, an Apple representative confirmed Friday morning."

Not that this was any big shocker, what with all the rumors flying around for weeks, but China Unicom officially will get the iPhone. They haven't released pricing, but have admitted that there will be subsidies and no revenue sharing. What is interesting to me is that they will have their Wi-Fi disabled due to Chinese regulations. The reason? From what I've been reading it's due to the dreaded VOIP threat cutting into the revenues. This isn't an exclusive deal either, as Apple is still in negotiations with China Mobile, even though talks have stalled over issues with the App Store. No Wi-Fi, what a pain that would be, sounds like unlocked iPhones will still be popular if that is the case. 

Tags: hardware, iphone, china,

Friday, March 13, 2009

If Only They Could Spell iTunes

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

"$200 iTunes Gift Certificates are selling for less than $3 in China now that a group of local hackers has circumvented Apple's algorithm for creating the digital vouchers and built their own gift certificate generators."

Apparently you don't actually get the "card" per se, you get sent a code sent to you that is supposed to work in the iTunes store. This is becoming big business and they are selling them now for about $2.00 USD since so many are doing it (that old supply and demand equation). According to music industry site Outdustry, 6 months ago they were selling for about $50 USD. Adding to the pressure to make as many sales as they can is the belief that Apple will soon come up with a software fix for the algorithm trick they are using to get these codes to work on iTunes. Some have been found on ebay for use with the US iTunes store so it doesn't appear this is strictly an overseas problem.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

iPhones in China! Well, Not Officially

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple is still having a hard time agreeing on terms so that China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, can sell the iPhone. The latest hurdle: China Mobile -- like many carriers -- feels threatened by Apple's wildly successful App Store, according to Interfax TMT China."

Apple doesn't want to give up control of iTunes, and China Mobile doesn't like the idea of not having control of the apps that the customers of China Mobile can put on the iPhone. China Mobile also wants their customers to use the planned China Mobile store and not iTunes for their applications. So for round 3 of the negotiations they are once again at a stalemate. This hasn't stopped the iPhone from coming to China, however, where there are an estimated 400,000 unlocked iPhones.

Tags: itunes, iphone, china

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