While Apple recently started shipping Lightning connector adapters to waiting customers, many iPhone 5 users have wondered when they can snag some possibly lower-cost, third-party alternatives. One source claims Apple will host a conference in China early next month for accessory partners, imparting details on policy changes affecting Lightning-ready products.
On the heels of Monday's report about Lightning to 30-pin Adapters beginning to ship to early customers, it now appears that Apple is also starting to ship preorders for the fifth-generation iPod touch as well.
According to worker watchdog group, China Labor Watch, thousands of Chinese workers at a Foxconn plant have gone on strike. The labor dispute arrives on the heels of recent riots and other reports of unrest within Apple's iPhone 5 manufacturing supplier.
Imagine you're a student, attending classes and working towards the requirements of your law or medical degree. Then one day, you're told to get on a bus and report to the local factory to build iPhones. Sure, it sounds pretty crazy, but that's apparently what happened to thousands of young people in Jiangsu Province, China; the site of notorious Apple supplier, Foxconn.
China is now the world's largest smartphone market, and Apple appears to be falling behind in the race to the top of the great wall of Chinese smartphone sales. Particularly if the other guys make phones that look just like the iPhone. Fortunately for Chinese phone makers, Apple has not gotten around to suing anyone in China--yet.
So who is applying all of this heat in the Chinese smartphone marketplace? Let's take a look some of the "cheap and cheerful" devices that are taking Apple's Chinese lunch money.
If you've even casually followed the strange saga of Proview, the company who claimed to own the iPad trademark in China, you may see them as a fly-by-night. After reading this, you might think they're a bunch of deadbeats, too.
And with one press release, it's official. With the Proview trademark lawsuit now settled and regulatory approvals behind them, Apple has cleared the new iPad for landing, right back where the products are manufactured in the first place.
Apple has finally put the Proview trademark lawsuit behind it, which means the company can start to focus on releasing the new iPad in China at long last. According to one blog in that country, Cupertino may be planning to do just that on July 27.