Apple executives have made no secret of their ambitions for China, and this week they've launched a new weapon to lure buyers in that populous country: An official online store alongside other global brands such as Nike and Gap.
Will they or won't they, and if so, when? That continues to be the question as a new advertisement on China Mobile's website seems to indicate that the carrier will launch its 4G network with the iPhone 5s and other compatible handsets.
The Wall Street Journal set much of the tech world abuzz this Wednesday when it announced that China Mobile had at last penned a deal with Apple, but recent news from AppleInsider suggests that the deal is still in the negotiation stage. That's no small stumble for Apple's investors, as the deal could bring many of China Mobile's 740 million users into the Apple fold.
Just how poorly is the iPhone 5c selling? While we'll never know for sure, at least one Foxconn factory is apparently shifting its focus to the iPhone 5s, which continues to be the more coveted device.
In an earlier article we reported that customers in China seem particularly attracted to the gold iPhone, but that attraction may go much deeper than we originally thought. As reported by the Wall Street Journal (via 9to5 Mac), denizens of the world's most populated country are now taking to applying cheap $2 stickers to silver iPhone 5s models (or even to the iPhone 5) in order to capture the look of the elusive device. How's that for dedication?
When the news broke that the next iPhone would comes in a gold color, many commentators (including myself), were tempted to pass it off as a barely believable rumor. But according to a report from the Wall Street Journal today, it's so popular that that Apple's telling its suppliers to boost production on order to keep up with the demand.
Apple issued a press release to remind the world that there are new iPhones arriving this Friday, while the latest flagship iPhone 5s appears to have sold out almost immediately after preorders launch early in China.
In a move that should surprise no one, Samsung announced today in an interview with the Korea Times that its next Galaxy smartphones would also feature 64-bit chips. The news comes on the heels of Apple's announcement on Tuesday that the iPhone 5S would have an A7 chip, and that it would be the first 64-bit smartphone processor on the market.