The iPhone 5 faces fierce competition in the world's largest smartphone market
FORTUNE -- When Apple (AAPL) releases the iPhone 5 in China next week, it will be competing with local manufacturers who have studied Steve Jobs' every move, down to the cut of his black mock turtleneck.
M.I.C. Gadget produced this video of the elaborate launch in Beijing of the latest offering from Guangdong-based Meizu. You wouldn't know it from the event's MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 4, 2012 10:21 AM ET
Events are coming to a head for Apple on the eve of Pearl Harbor Day
FORTUNE -- There's going to be a lot Apple (AAPL) news to digest this Thursday, Dec. 6.
In fact, it could be an Apple three-ring circus staged in three cities on two continents:
San Jose, Calif. -- Attorneys for Apple and Samsung will clash once again in Judge Lucy Koh's San Jose courthouse in a hearing that will MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 3, 2012 8:19 AM ET
Probably not, although some come with labels that suggest they are
FORTUNE -- A reader -- let's call him Aaron Gong -- wrote Saturday to say that he bought a new 21-inch iMac at an Apple Store in San Jose, Calif., and was surprised when he opened the box to see it marked "Assembled in USA" rather than in China, as we've all come to expect.
I checked with a neighbor who MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 1, 2012 3:51 PM ET
There's good news and bad in Apple's Friday press release
FORTUNE -- There was mixed reaction on Wall Street to Apple's (AAPL) announcement about which new products are headed to China and when they might get there.
The key paragraph (with irritating trademark symbols stripped out):
The Wi-Fi versions of iPad mini and fourth generation iPad with Retina display will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and iPhone 5 will be MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 30, 2012 11:37 AM ET
Two of the three biggest carriers expect to have it in late November or early December
FORTUNE -- In remarks made Friday on the sidelines of the Chinese Communist Party's 18th Party Congress in Beijing the chairmen of two of the country's leading mobile carriers indicated that they may be selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5 even earlier than expected.
China Telecom's (CHA) Wang Xiaochu told the Wall Street Journal that the phone MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 9, 2012 11:21 AM ET
The company's first retail outlet in Shenzhen, China, employs 250, draws huge crowds
FORTUNE -- Three things struck me about Paco Wong's 18-minute YouTube video (pasted below) from the opening Saturday of Apple's (AAPL) first store in Shenzhen, China:
The number (reportedly 250) of retail staffers the company has employed
The size and enthusiasm of the crowd that showed up for free opening-day T-shirts
The number of iPhones and iPads the people in line already own.
In MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 4, 2012 7:33 AM ET
Supplies are tight, say Shanghai scalpers, but should ease in a week or so
FORTUNE -- "iPad mini price fry the 3000 yuan cattle worried not sell."
That, according to Google Translate, is the headline in The Phoenix, a Chinese language website that covers the Asian tech market.
The thrust of the story is that although the Apple (AAPL) store in Hong Kong is selling 16GB iPad minis for HK$ 2588 ($334), the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 3, 2012 6:40 AM ET
Apple built a huge, three-story retail outlet -- the city's 3rd -- just in time for the iPhone 5
FORTUNE -- Remember what happened in January when the iPhone 4S arrived in Beijing? Would-be customers and rival gangs of scalpers massed by the thousands outside the company's two stores. Demand totally overwhelmed supply and SWAT teams had to be called in to control the rioting when Apple (AAPL) halted sales before MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 20, 2012 7:18 AM ET
If you're the world's largest company - with nearly $600 billion in market value - getting bigger is a tough challenge. But if Apple can learn how to charm the world's largest population, the possibilities are limitless.
By Bill Powell, editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Tim Cook, Apple's reserved and soft-spoken CEO, has a tendency to wax euphoric about the China market and his company's place in it.
When asked last year by an MOREFortune Editors - Oct 11, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The contract manufacturer has become a symbol for worker abuse, but the Apple partner isn't the only bad actor in China.
By Bill Powell, editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- Hon Hai Precision, a.k.a. Foxconn, has become synonymous with emblematic 21st-century workplace misery. In late September, worker brawls triggered riots at a Foxconn assembly plant in central China. From January to June in 2010, 14 workers at Foxconn's massive operation in Shenzhe -- a MOREFortune Editors - Oct 11, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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