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Apple designs and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers and also operates retail stores. Its best-known hardware products are the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPad and the iPhone – Apple is the world’s third largest mobile phone-maker after Samsung and Nokia. 

Trading in your Apple iPhone? Don't expect too much in return

Apple customers in China have complained that the firm's new trade-in programme is not value for money. Photo: Reuters

Apple's trade in programme for iPhones and iPads launched yesterday in China has faced a mixed reaction, with many customer

Thursday, 2 April, 2015, 7:08am

Apple launches iPad and iPhone trade-in scheme across Greater China

A couple look at an Apple iPhone 6 at an Apple store in the China Central Mall in Beijing, China. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple customers in China will be able to trade-in their old iPhones and iPads in order to upgrade to the latest models, a spokeswoman told the South China Morning Post.

31 Mar 2015 - 7:58pm 2 comments

President of Apple and Samsung supplier to become China's richest woman

Lens Technology is a major supplier of parts for Apple's iPhone. Photo: Reuters

An upcoming IPO in Shenzhen may make Zhou Qunfei, president of Lens Technology Co, the richest woman in China. 

Lens Technology is a major supplier to global device manufacturers from Apple and Samsung to LG and domestic firms. Its main product, touch-screen glass covers, are used in 20.27 per cent of the world's smartphones, and 23.37 per cent of tablets. 

17 Mar 2015 - 10:56am

Will privacy and security concerns cause Chinese consumers to rethink the Apple Watch?

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveils details of the Apple Watch smartwatch during an event in San Francisco on March 9, 2015. Photo: Kyodo

Prospective Chinese Apple Watch buyers may be put off by increasing privacy concerns, especially related to mobile payment functions, analysts warn. 

16 Mar 2015 - 10:35am 1 comment

Tim Cook offered liver to save Steve Jobs, says new book

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook offered part of his liver for a transplant to Steve Jobs before the company co-founder died, but the offer was rejected, a new book states.

The book said Jobs reacted angrily to the offer to help extend his life when he was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

14 Mar 2015 - 3:12am

Apple Pay faces a battle with banks to enter China's huge mobile payments market

The Apple Watch enables users to easily pay for transactions using the Apple Pay mobile payments system. Photo: AP

Following hot on the heels of the designed-for-China Apple Watch, the world's largest public company is expanding its Apple Pay mobile payments system that will put it in direct competition with Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent. 

12 Mar 2015 - 5:09pm 1 comment

Apple says sorry after glitch takes App Store offline globally, including China

Apple's online services resumed on Wednesday at about 8.30pm, GMT, after having been offline for about 12 hours. Photo: Reuters

Apple has apologised to users after a nearly 12-hour outage of some of its major online services, affecting customers worldwide.

The tech giant’s status page showed the App Store, iTunes, iBooks store and Mac App store went down on Wednesday at 9am GMT and were offline until around 8.30pm GMT.

12 Mar 2015 - 2:06pm

Copycat China: knock-off Apple Watches on sale just one day after timepiece is unveiled

The Zeaplus Watch strongly resembles the Apple Watch. Photo: SCMP Pictures

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Shenzhen is devoutly paying homage to Apple with several companies launching clones of the Apple Watch ahead of its release next month.

12 Mar 2015 - 10:32am 10 comments

CIA tried cracking Apple's phones and tablets from start, Snowden files show

The CIA tried to break into iPads after their launch in 2010.

CIA researchers have worked for nearly a decade to break the security protecting Apple phones and tablets, investigative news site The Intercept reported yesterday, citing documents obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

11 Mar 2015 - 8:11am 1 comment

China set to be No 1 market for Apple Watch despite steep price tag

An Apple employee demonstrates how to use an Apple Watch during an Apple media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Photo: AFP

China is poised to become the biggest market for the Apple Watch this year, analysts said, noting the traditional strong demand for high-end timepieces there.

11 Mar 2015 - 11:01am

China's importance to Apple on display at Watch launch

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook unveils details of the Apple Watch smartwatch during an event in San Francisco on March 9, 2015. Photo: Kyodo

The importance of the Chinese market to the world's largest public company at the launch of the Apple Watch in California on Monday was clear. 

10 Mar 2015 - 6:10pm 1 comment

Apple finally unveils smartwatch (but solid gold version will set you back US$17,000)

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the Apple Watch during an Apple event in San Francisco, California. Photo: Reuters

Apple launched an assault on the fledgling wearable tech market Monday, unveiling a high-end smartwatch that offers new ways to stay connected and to track health and fitness.

10 Mar 2015 - 10:52am

Four reasons the Apple Watch might fail, and one reason why it won't

The Apple Watch. Photo: Reuters

There's the battery life and high price among other signals the smartwatch could be a flop. But then again, the company has designed spectacular successes from the iPod to iPhone. 

9 Mar 2015 - 2:28pm 6 comments

Ahead of Apple Watch release, concerns about battery life abound

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking about the Apple Watch during an Apple event in September 2014. Photo: Reuters

The Apple Watch is to be unveiled on Monday morning California time, but will the company's first new product since the death of Steve Jobs be an iPhone-like success, or a Newton-scale flop? 

Three million Apple Watches are expected to be sold in the next weeks.

9 Mar 2015 - 2:21pm 1 comment

Hong Kong smartwatch start-up gearing for friendly competition with Apple

Sam Yang, the founder and managing director of Kairos Watches. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong-based technology start-up Kairos Watches is betting that the success of the new Apple Watch could prove a boon for its own ambitions in the global market for smart wearable devices.

9 Mar 2015 - 6:29pm