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Americans may be enjoying the spoils of their cellular-equipped iPads, but they haven't quite reached every corner of the world yet -- including China, where the costlier models will finally be available later this week.
If you were holding out hope that Apple will one day produce a less expensive iPhone, don't let the Reuters story about Phil Schiller dismissing the idea ruin your day -- the news agency has since withdrawn the story.
While Apple has an ever-increasing presence in China, the world's largest cell phone carrier based there is still curiously deficient on offering an iPhone -- but that may change as executives from the two companies sit down for a chat.
Marking his second visit to China since taking over as CEO of Apple, Tim Cook has apparently spent some portion of his trip meeting with government officials. While details of the meetings are not immediately clear, we can only assume Cook is looking to keep solid relations with the country producing and consuming a vital portion of Apple's products.
When China decides to seriously protect intellectual property, one imagines the government will have quite a massive wall of work in front of them. As the nation that holds the global reputation for turning technological piracy into an art, China could stand to bring forward some high-profile cases and show the world that it is serious about protecting copyrights and patents. Instead, China has chosen the path of irony, and righteously sues foreign companies, like Apple, for absurd copyright infringement.
The iPhone 5 touched down in China and more than 30 other international locales last Friday, and Apple is wasting no time popping the cork on the champagne by celebrating another two million handsets sold in three days.
Sure, you've already had your iPhone 5 for nearly three months, so it's old news to you -- but what about the folks who live in mainland China and Taiwan who have had to go without all that time? That problem is now in the past.
December is here and the Christmas season is racing toward us with unprecedented speed. That's even more reason to slow things down a bit and soak up tech news from the world around you before it passes you by. And hey, look at that -- there are five stories to get you all caught up from the weekend in one convenient place. Won't you join us and partake of them now…?