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. 

Users of the Apple Watch in China swell to more than 1 million in August

Apple has not revealed sales figures, but estimates put worldwide Apple Watch sales at 2.8 million in the second quarter. Photo: AFP

The number of Apple Watch users in mainland China crossed the one million mark last month to represent more than 20 per cent of total units that have sold worldwide, according to the latest market estimates.

Thursday, 3 September, 2015, 1:34am

Apple Watch sees explosive growth in China, with over 1 million activated in 4 months

Chinese have warmed to the Apple Watch. Photo: Felix Wong

The number of Apple Watch users in mainland China crossed the 1 million mark last month to represent more than 20 per cent of total units that have sold worldwide, according to the latest market estimates.

4 Sep 2015 - 12:40pm

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV attacks Apple, Samsung over 'substandard' smartphone cameras

CCTV criticised the iPhone, and a number of other foreign smartphones, for not meeting national Chinese standards for digital cameras. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Chinese state media has criticised the performance of cameras in a number of top-selling foreign smartphones, including Apple's iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

31 Aug 2015 - 3:21pm 5 comments

Top 5 upgrades expected to be unveiled at Apple's September 9 iPhone event

Photo: Apple

This week, Apple began sending out invitations to a special event in San Francisco on September 9, during which it is expected to unveil the new iPhone model.

From software updates to hardware tweaks, here's what is expected to be unveiled next month, according to various leaks and industry experts.

28 Aug 2015 - 10:25am

'China represents an unprecedented opportunity': Apple's Tim Cook unfazed by market rout

Apple chief executive Tim Cook remains bullish on the Chinese market despite a stock slump. Photo: Reuters

With Apple shares down almost 10 per cent on Monday on fears that China's economy is on the downturn, chief executive Tim Cook might be forgiven for showing some concern.

25 Aug 2015 - 10:02am 2 comments

With new iPhone expected to be released in September, Foxconn to hire 100,000 factory workers

Foxconn is reportedly hiring 100,000 workers as it gears up for the release of the latest iPhone model. Photo: Reuters

Apple supplier Foxconn is going on a major hiring spree ahead of the launch of Apple's newest iPhone model later this year.

More than 100,000 workers will be taken on by the world's biggest maker of electronic components in its China-based factories, amid rumours Foxconn has already received orders for the new iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and 6C, according to Taiwanese media. 

24 Aug 2015 - 7:50pm

Apple shares fall amid concerns weaker yuan will make iPhone more expensive in China

Apple shares were down after China's central bank devalued the yuan by almost 2 per cent. Photo: AFP

Shares in Apple were down on Wednesday following the announcement by China's central bank that it was devaluing the yuan, sparking concern that the US technology giant would see revenues fall in one of its most important markets.

12 Aug 2015 - 12:23pm 1 comment

As Android phones become major target for hackers, Google and Samsung to release monthly security fixes

Samsung and Google will issue regular security updates for Android phones as the devices become popular targets for hackers. Photo: AFP

Google and Samsung will release monthly security fixes for Android phones, a growing target for hackers, after the disclosure of a bug designed to attack the world’s most popular mobile operating system.

7 Aug 2015 - 10:03am

Good, but not great: Apple Music attracts 11 million trial members to streaming service

Apple chief executive Tim Cook poses with fans at the launch of Apple Music. The service attracted more than 11 million members during its trial period. Photo: AFP

Apple said its new music streaming service has attracted more than 11 million members during its free trial period, a response that music industry experts called respectable but not overwhelming.

7 Aug 2015 - 9:54am

Apple opens fourth retail store in Hong Kong’s ‘Fifth Avenue’ amid plan to bolster presence in city by 45 per cent

Employees welcome customers into Appl's new Canton Road store in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple will open the doors to its fourth retail outlet in Hong Kong on Thursday, in the tourist-heavy district of Tsim Sha Tsui. This is part of an expansion plan that will see the brand ramp up its physical presence in the city by almost 50 per cent.

30 Jul 2015 - 9:26pm

Beijing police seize 41,000 fake iPhones worth US$19m in raid on huge counterfeiting operation

Fake iPhones worth an estimated US$19 million were seized by police in Beijing. Photo: Sam Tsang

Police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan (HK$152 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation.

28 Jul 2015 - 9:58am

Apple beats Samsung to take 75 per cent of global smartwatch market in second quarter

Apple has taken two-thirds of the smartwatch market, stealing market share from Samsung. Photo: Reuters

The Apple Watch seized 75 per cent of the fast-growing global market for smartwatches in the second quarter of 2015, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

Global smartwatch shipments in the three months to June jumped 457 per cent to a record 5.3 million units, up from 1 million a year ago, driven by the estimated 4 million Apple Watches shipped worldwide during that period.

23 Jul 2015 - 4:05pm

Apple's iPhone may be in for a struggle in China despite a record-breaking quarter

Demand from mainland China has powered Apple's record breaking growth in recent years, but it may be weakening. Photo: Reuters

Technology giant Apple could see its iPhone sales under pressure in mainland China amid lingering uncertainty in the world's second-largest economy, according to analysts.

23 Jul 2015 - 9:33am

Chinese smartphone makers have Apple in their sights

Chinese smartphone makers have Apple in their sights

The world’s largest smartphone market may be reaching saturation, but local Chinese players like Huawei and ZTE are elbowing in on Apple’s turf at home and abroad. (Photo: AFP) 

23 Jul 2015 - 8:18am

Apple gives weak forecast, shares drop

Apple gives weak forecast, shares drop

Apple revises fourth quarter expectations, saying revenues could come in lighter than current forecasts, and misses some targets for iPhone sales, putting pressure on its stock despite an overall earnings beat.

22 Jul 2015 - 9:39am