A key Taiwanese supplier of Apple's mobile devices plans to increase its workforce in China by as much as 40 percent this summer. Might Pegatron be gearing up to build a new budget iPhone?read more
Once again, news from a supplier is fueling rumors about Apple’s future product roster. This time it’s manufacturer Pegatron’s announcement that it will increase its number of workers in China by up to 40 percent in the second half of this year. The hiring blitz at the company, which produces iOS devices, has led to new round of speculation that a cheaper iPhone is in the works.
Apple is gearing up for the iPhone 5′s launch in China, tracking down all the necessary certifications it requires ahead of launch, and now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that China Telecom, the country’s third-largest operator, will offer it by early December, if not earlier, echoing statements made by Apple CEO Tim Cook.
All of a sudden, doors are opening for Apple (AAPL) to make a distribution deal for its iPhone with China Mobile and its 700 million subscribers. A Chinese regulator has approved Apple’s iPhone to operate on China Mobile’s proprietary mobile network, clearing the way for the huge Chinese carrier to sell the iPhone for the first time.
Apple is cashing in big on three-year old tech, according to its earnings results last night. As the Wall Street Journal points out, it’s seeing the iPhone 4 leading to big growth in markets like India, and buttressing Apple’s fortunes against low-cost devices based on competing mobile platforms like Android.
Apple’s earnings are out, and the iPhone’s 17 percent growth was likely the most noteworthy number in its hardware results. That’s a big increase for a device that analysts expected to perform pretty much on par in terms of Q2 last year.
If initial Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone 5 sales are any measure, the vendor appears to be making headway in the China market. Apple disclosed that it sold more than 2 million iPhone 5 smartphones since the unit’s launch on Dec. 14, exceeding its prior product kickoff performances in China.
Apple has secured the final government license needed to run the iPhone on China Mobile’s proprietary wireless network. After years of negotiations, this is the latest of several recent signs that Apple may finally be able to release its smartphone through China’s largest carrier.
Apple and China Mobile just announced that they’ve reached an agreement that will see the iPhone 5s and 5c launch on the China Mobile’s 4G and 3G networks early next year.
Pre-registration is supposed to begin on December 25, with phones actually available on January 17 of next year.
“China is an extremely important market for Apple and our partnership with China Mobile presents
Apple‘s earnings are out, and there’s a narrative contained therein of the emerging importance of China and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries in general – the company revealed to the FT that iPhone sales are up 55 percent year over year in the BRIC nations, and Chinese iPhone sales are up 48 percent, with the iPad sales in that country rising 51 percent year&