Sonny Dickson, a well known source of Apple hardware rumors, has tweeted that Apple is working with Chinese authorities to stop the leaks, hiring 200 security officers to catch anyone who tries to sell any iPhone 6 accessories.
iPhone 5s is low in china according to a report from Cantor Fitzgerald, But there is much more interest in the larger-screen iPhone 6. Chinese vendors and carriers are very interested in the larger screen model according to report.
Apple has announced today that it will release an iPad Air and Retina iPad mini with support for China Mobile’s TD-LTE networks which was launched last year.
Let’s be honest: you can never get enough of Angry Birds, but for those wandering around Guangzhou, China, you might be able to get your fix at this arcade booth. Like the game itself, there’s an actual slingshot for firing your enraged fowls at a bunch of plush doll piggies, except there are no special abilities like explosion or splitting — maybe the next version will take care of that, unless Rovio Mobile decides it’s game over for these guys.
The scene Saturday morning outside Apple’s new Joy City store. Photo: AFP
What a difference a year makes.
Last November, when Apple (AAPL) first starting selling the iPhone in China — the world’s largest cell phone market with nearly 800 million subscribers — analysts termed the launch a “disappointment.” The queues of customers were underwhelming, and after four days of sales, China Unicom (CHU) had reportedly managed to sign up only 5,000 subscribers.
As our extensive KIRF library shows, China’s one wild country that can make almost anything you don’t want, so don’t mind us while we inspect this new finding with extra caution. This particular Chinese online seller not only claims to have parts for the next-gen iPhone, but also one white face plate — something not seen on iPhones thus far. While we drool over the thought of an all white Apple handheld, there are still questions to be answered here: the seller wasn’t able to explain what that silver bit above the speaker is, nor have we seen white back plates to match this. Furthermore, we were given a “maybe” for a bulk order of 15 to 20 units, which is quite a lot for something that’s not even out yet, but we were told over the phone that there’s always a back door to Foxconn as long as you wave cash at someone. Not that you should engage in such risky business, plus this piece’s authenticity will be revealed in about three weeks’ time, anyway. One more shot after the break.
If you’ve got an early Apple iPad, chances are its screen was cleaned with a banned substance called n-hexane, which releases a toxic nerve gas upon use. 2,000 workers at Wintek’s East China LCD plant went on strike in January, claiming the substance was poisoning them, and now 44 of those reportedly affected are planning to sue. According to reports, the screen cleaner was originally used because it performed better than alcohol, but Wintek has since fired the factory manager who suggested n-hexane and discontinued its use. That didn’t keep 62 workers from winding up in the hospital, however. The Guardian interviewed two hospitalized workers last week, and you’ll find their stories at our more coverage link below. We’re sure you’ll agree these Chinese labor violations are getting out of hand — let’s hope this lawsuit spurs government and industry to do something concrete about worker abuse.