Apple has made a splash with the iPhone 4S in the final months of 2011 across many continents, but one of the biggest has been left waiting: China. On Wednesday, the company announced that mainland China will finally be getting the latest version of the iconic handset along with 21 other countries on Friday, January 13.
So much for a slow news week on the Apple beat! There’s plenty to report about everyone’s favorite tech company today, between antitrust fines in Italy, new iPhone 5 rumors, activations for both iOS and Android on Christmas Day and even the debut of the iPhone 4S in mainland China. Ready to soak it all in? Read on for all the news that’s fit to print for Tuesday, December 27, 2011.
With 22 million people visiting Grand Central Station each year, hanging up a shingle right in the middle of it all seems to make a lot of sense. That's the kind of foot traffic that makes retailers excited, and that is why the Apple Store Grand Central will open Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m., just in time for the holidays.
We think Apple might be on to something here: placing stores right inside global landmarks could be the next big thing. So let’s take a look at six other high-traffic places Apple where should set up shop next.
China may have a reputation for counterfeit electronic goods, but the times, they are a-changing. Police in Shanghai have arrested five people connected with making and selling fake iPhones, a crackdown that could foreshadow less pirated goods sold in the country in the future.
China has granted Apple forty design patents, mostly covering the iPhone, but also touching on other iOS devices, MacBooks, and even the Shanghai Apple Store.
Considering the recent coverage of alleged counterfeit rings selling Apple products, including several dozen fake Apple stores staffed by fake Apple employees wearing fake Apple clothes, there doesn't appear to be any reason for Cupertino to go small in protecting intellectual property in China.
There is little doubt that China is the next location for explosive growth for Apple, where in recent months fake stores have popped up on the radar to take advantage of the company’s popularity there. Soon, mainland China will enjoy a 3G-equipped iPad 2 like the rest of us, as well as a retail store opening in neighboring Hong Kong.
Perhaps bored with sharing our national secrets, the shadowy group known as WikiLeaks has turned their attention to Apple with the release of new documents that show Cupertino organized a task force in 2008 to “curtail the explosion of knockoff iPods and iPhones” in China.
The rumor mill is abuzz with iPhone fodder this week, but it’s not all about the iPhone 5 as you might expect. Reuters is claiming that a cheaper 8GB model of the iPhone 4 will be arriving in late September in an effort for Apple to capture the hearts and minds of the more thrift-conscious among us.
Despite recent rumblings about an iPad 3 swinging into stores this fall alongside iOS 5 and the next iPhone, it appears more likely that we’ll see it in early 2012, which is more in line with Apple’s annual update schedule. The good news is, that so-called “Retina Display” rumor continues to persist.
You may recall the recent story of a blogger who documented a fake Apple Store in the city of Kunming, China which quickly led to international exposure for a wide array of such outlets. Now, as quickly as they came, authorities in Kunming have closed up shop on 22 such stores in the city.