Bodes well for Friday's launch in 15 countries -- and maybe mainland China by December
Ticonderoga's Brian White, who has been keeping as close tabs on Apple's (AAPL) prospects in China as any Western analyst, reported Monday that pre-orders for the iPhone 4S ended almost as soon as they began in China last Friday.
According to his checks, pre-orders were sold out in Hong Kong 10 minutes after Apple started taking them. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 7, 2011 10:24 AM ET
My iPhone 4S was making swift progress until it landed in Kentucky
Like more than a million Apple (AAPL) customers I ordered a new iPhone last Friday. Since then I've been been tracking its movements on UPS. I watched leave the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China, Saturday afternoon. I saw it pass swiftly through Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong. I watched it jet across the Pacific to Anchorage, Alaska, where it arrived MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 12, 2011 10:05 AM ET
It may actually reach its goal of opening 30 new stores in the last quarter of fiscal 2011
This will be a big weekend for Apple (AAPL) retail, with seven grand openings scheduled on four continents over two days. The new stores, according to ifoAppleStore:
IFC Mall (Hong Kong)
Nanjing East (Shanghai)
Westfield Hornsby (Australia)
Centro Sicilia (Italy)
New Haven (Conn.)
Le Chesnay (France)
Videos of huge crowds and over-excited staffers have already started to pop up on YouTube, including the first one MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 23, 2011 7:25 AM ET
Greeted with long lines and stock outs when it arrived in Hong Kong this week
In a note to clients Friday, Ticonderoga's Brian White reported that the new MacBook Air -- which was launched in the U.S. more than four weeks ago -- was greeted with long lines and stock outs when it finally arrived in Hong Kong this week.
Not only did stores run out of certain MacBook Air models, but MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 26, 2011 7:40 AM ET
The site of Friday's explosion was massive 8-building complex thrown together in a record 70 days
When a polishing workshop blew up in Foxconn's new factory complex in Chengdu, China, it was an English-language website operating, as they put it, "outside the Great Firewall of China, temporarily," that broke the news and provided U.S. media outlets with videos, photos and regular updates.
On Saturday, the website -- M.I.C. Gadget -- posted a background MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 21, 2011 11:05 AM ET
Unable to fill U.S. orders, it will make the device unavailable in 25 more countries on Friday
Last week, for reasons I'd rather not examine too closely, I spent the better part of an hour waiting outside an Apple retail outlet in center city Philadelphia only to be told, 50 minutes before the store was scheduled to open, that its promised overnight shipment of iPad 2s had not arrived.
It was an MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 22, 2011 1:41 PM ET
The search behemoth accuses the communist state of tampering with, but not completely blocking, users of Gmail in China.
The Guardian reports that China and Google (GOOG) are at it again. Google is now accusing China of tampering with access to Gmail from within China. Customers and advertisers have increasingly been complaining to Google about their Gmail service in the past month. Attempts by users to send messages, mark messages as unread and MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 21, 2011 1:08 AM ET
By Sunday, the new tablets were selling in China for up to 105% over their sticker price
The staff manning the huge crowd that mobbed Apple's (AAPL) Fifth Avenue Store Friday estimate that as many as half the iPads sold that day were being bought for re-sale overseas.
It's a familiar pattern. In September, the New York Times ran an investigative report detailing how Chinese customers were lining up to buy pairs MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 14, 2011 8:02 AM ET
Alibaba says the fraud perpetrated on its users is minor and immaterial, fiscally, to its investors. But top leaders still fell on their swords to save the company's reputation where it really counts.
By Bill Powell, contributor
For several years now, the Internet firm Alibaba-Taobao has been one of the most prominent Chinese companies on the planet—thanks both to its success and to its brash, charismatic founder and chairman, "Jack O' (Yun) Ma, MOREFeb 22, 2011 1:46 PM ET
You don't need a translator to follow Friday's 17-country launch of the iPhone 4
One of best things about the movie Babies -- a documentary look at the first year of life in four very different countries -- is that you know what the parents are saying to their children even if you don't understand a word.
It's the same these days with the overseas launches of new Apple (AAPL) products. See MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 30, 2010 12:38 PM ET
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