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Apple Seeks AI Partner for Apple Intelligence in China

Friday June 21, 2024 3:37 pm PDT by
With iOS 18, Apple is working with OpenAI to integrate ChatGPT into the iPhone, where ChatGPT will work alongside Siri to handle requests for AI-generated content. ChatGPT and other similar AI services are not available in China, so Apple needs to find an alternative. Apple is actively looking for a Chinese company to partner with for its AI features in China, reports The Wall Street Journal....
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iPhone Sales Recover in China Amid Surge in Smartphone Demand

Tuesday May 28, 2024 3:45 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone sales in China surged by 52% in April, reflecting a significant rebound driven by aggressive price cuts and renewed consumer demand, Bloomberg reports. The surge in shipments from 2.3 million units in April 2023 to 3.5 million units in April 2024, revealed in data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), follows a series of strategic price...
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Apple Responds to Huawei Threat by Slashing iPhone 15 Prices in China

Monday May 20, 2024 4:46 am PDT by
Apple has launched another round of steep discounts on iPhone 15 models in mainland China, in a bid to boost sales in its biggest smartphone market and counter a strong showing by Huawei. The discounts run from May 20 to May 28 and are steeper than the price cuts that Apple introduced in February. For example, on its official store on Alibaba Group's Tmall site, Apple is offering...
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Apple Sinks From First to Fifth Place in Chinese Smartphone Market

Friday April 26, 2024 2:33 am PDT by
Analytics company Canalys has released its latest report on China's smartphone market for the first quarter of 2024, and Apple has come off worst among the top five brands jostling for supremacy in Asia's largest economy. Huawei returned to the top spot after 13 quarters with a 17% market share. The local vendor shipped 11.7 million smartphones, thanks to its popular Mate and nova series,...
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iPhone Sales in China Dropped Significantly in Q1 2024

Tuesday April 23, 2024 4:25 am PDT by
iPhone sales in China declined significantly in the first quarter of 2024 as consumers turned to other premium smartphone brands, according to Counterpoint research. During the first quarter of the year, China's smartphone market experienced modest year-over-year growth of 1.5%, marking the second consecutive quarter of growth. This uptick in sales is largely attributed to strong sales...
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Apple Pulls WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Threads From App Store in China Following Order

Friday April 19, 2024 10:20 am PDT by
Apple on late Thursday into Friday removed the popular messaging and social media apps WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Threads from its App Store in China at the request of the Chinese government, The Wall Street Journal reported. In a statement shared with several media outlets, Apple said China's national internet regulator ordered the removal of the apps from the App Store in the country...
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Refurbished Apple Watch Ultra 2 Begins Rolling Out Outside U.S.

Thursday April 18, 2024 5:50 am PDT by
Refurbished Apple Watch Ultra 2 units are now on sale in China – the first and only country in which the device is available refurbished directly from Apple. The refurbished models are discounted by approximately 15 percent compared to equivalent brand new configurations. Apple tests, inspects, cleans, and repackages all refurbished devices to ensure they are fully functional and in good...
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Samsung Regains Top Spot as Apple's iPhone Shipments Fall in Q1 2024

Monday April 15, 2024 5:05 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone shipments decreased by nearly 10% globally in the first quarter of 2024, hit by rapid growth in shipments by rival Chinese vendors, based on data provided by the International Data Corporation (IDC). According to the IDC report, Apple's shipments fell 9.6% to 50.1 million units in the first quarter, down from 55.4 million units in the same quarter the previous year. Apple...
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Apple Now Assembles 14% of iPhones in India

Wednesday April 10, 2024 5:34 am PDT by
Apple now produces as much as 14% of its iPhones in India, indicating the company's accelerating efforts to diversify beyond China (via Bloomberg). The figure accounts for $14 billion of assembled iPhones in the country, or about 1 in 7 of the company's flagship devices, a doubling of production compared to the last fiscal year. Models assembled in India include the iPhone 12 through to the...
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Apple's iPhone Shipments in China Fell 33% Last Month

Wednesday March 27, 2024 5:47 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone shipments in China dropped by 33% in February compared to the same month last year, according to governement figures (via Bloomberg). A report from China's Academy of Information and Communications Technology showed that foreign brands shipped around 2.4 million smartphones last month. Given that Apple is the only overseas vendor with a meaningful market share, the company...
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'Critical' Chinese Apps Coming to Apple Vision Pro

Tuesday March 26, 2024 6:45 am PDT by
Chinese tech giant Tencent has agreed to make some of its most important apps available on Apple's Vision Pro headset ahead of its launch in the country later this year, The Information reports. Tencent is one of the biggest multimedia companies in the world and its apps and services are ubiquitous in China. It owns Weibo, WeChat, QQ, WeBank, Tencent Pictures, and games such as Honor of...
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Apple Vision Pro to Launch in China Later This Year

Sunday March 24, 2024 4:46 am PDT by
Apple CEO Tim Cook today confirmed that the Vision Pro headset will go on sale in China later this year (via Reuters). Responding to a question from the press at the China Development Forum in Beijing, Cook confirmed that Apple's first spatial computer will launch in the country in 2024. He added that Apple will continue to increase research and development investment in China. Earlier this...
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Tim Cook Visits China Ahead of New Apple Store Opening in Shanghai

Wednesday March 20, 2024 6:54 am PDT by
Apple CEO Tim Cook is touring Shanghai, China this week, meeting with retail employees, suppliers, developers, the film industry, and others. He has been sharing photos from his trip on Chinese social media platform Weibo. Cook's visit is timed with the upcoming grand opening of Apple's new Jing'an store in Shanghai on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. local time. Apple provided more details...
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Apple Vision Pro's Name May Still Face Trademark Issues in China

Thursday March 14, 2024 5:57 am PDT by
The Apple's Vision Pro headset may still face trademark issues with Huawei when the company launches it in China. As highlighted by the South China Morning Post, Chinese tech giant Huawei registered the "Vision Pro" name in the country in 2021. This registration encompasses a wide array of goods and services, including virtual reality headsets and wearable video displays, effectively...
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Apple to Expand Research and Development Facilities in China

Tuesday March 12, 2024 4:53 am PDT by
Apple is planning to expand its applied research and development labs in China, the company today announced. In a statement shared with the South China Morning Post, Apple said that it plans to expand its research center in Shanghai "to support all of its product lines," as well as open a new lab in Shenzhen later in 2024 that will work on testing and research of major products including the ...
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Apple's Eighth Retail Store in Shanghai Expected to Open This Month

Friday March 8, 2024 3:09 am PST by
Apple today announced the imminent opening of its eighth retail store in central Shanghai, China, which will be named Apple Jing'an. Located on Nanjing West Road in the Jing'an District (named after its famous ancient Jing'an Temple), Apple Jing'an will become the 57th Apple store in mainland China and Apple says it's the company's second-largest flagship store after the Fifth Avenue...
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iPhone Sales in China Declined 24% in First Six Weeks of 2024

Monday March 4, 2024 11:53 pm PST by
Apple's iPhone sales in China saw a significant decline in the first six weeks of this year that saw it lose the title of China's best-selling smartphone maker to a local vendor. ‌iPhone‌ sales dropped by 24 percent, pushing Apple down to fourth among smartphone makers in the country, according to Counterpoint Research. Vivo took the top spot, thanks to its success in the budget segment of...
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iPhone 15 Sales in China Increasingly Dependent on Promotions

Thursday February 29, 2024 4:20 am PST by
Apple resellers in China are offering discounts on iPhone 15 models by as much as $180, indicating an unusually lengthy drop in demand, reports Bloomberg. According to the media outlet, Alibaba's Tmall is trying to drive sales of the premium handsets by offering them at less than the roughly $120 discount Apple offered around the same time last year. The discounts follow Apple's own rare ...
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Chinese Automakers Shocked at Apple's Decision to Cancel Car Project

Wednesday February 28, 2024 7:14 am PST by
Apple's decision to cancel its electric vehicle project has surprised ambitious new Chinese automakers like Xiaomi, the South China Morning Post reports. Yesterday, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman revealed that after a decade of work and millions of dollars in development costs Apple has canceled its plans to bring an EV to market, moving many of the 2,000 staff working on the project to generative...
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iOS 18's AI Features Could Revive iPhone Sales in China

Monday February 26, 2024 6:35 am PST by
iOS 18's rumored AI features could revive faltering iPhone sales in China, according to DigiTimes. In a paywalled report, DigiTimes explains that despite the Chinese market pivoting toward high-end devices, ‌iPhone‌ sales have reportedly struggled since the start of 2024 in the region against rival brands offering generative AI features and foldable displays. In December 2023, Apple...