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. 

Apple Watch arrives in Hong Kong without the sales frenzy

Mong Kok store owner Lo Lau Chi-kwong says the Apple Watch is in short supply - he sold out of the few he got his hands on. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong's first Apple Watch owners strapped on their new gadgets for the first time - but launch day proved a low-key affair, in stark contrast to the frenzy of queueing, buying and reselling every time a new iPhone comes out.

Saturday, 25 April, 2015, 11:47am

Apple wins China patent appeal over iPhone 'Siri' voice recognition software

Apple's 'Siri' voice recognition software made its debut with the release of the iPhone 4S in 2011. Photo: EPA

Apple has won an appeal on the mainland over the patent rights to voice recognition software such as the iPhone's "Siri", with a court overruling an earlier decision that had gone against the US technology giant.

25 Apr 2015 - 6:06am

No long queues for Apple Watch launch as firm directs customers to buy online

Apple Watch fans in Tokyo for the device's launch on Friday. There will not be the long queues common for iPhone or iPad launches however, as Apple Stores are directing customers online to buy the device. Photo: Kyodo

The Apple Watch launched globally on Friday with a small queue of Japanese tech-addicts lining up in Tokyo for Apple Inc’s first wearable gadget, but there was no sign of the excitement usually attached to the company’s product rollouts.

24 Apr 2015 - 11:35am

Makers of 'much cheaper' Chinese smartwatches say clock is ticking for Apple

The much-hyped Apple Watch goes on sale on April 24, but Chinese factories are already churning out cheaper alternatives to the apparent delight of local consumers. Photo: Bloomberg

The Apple Watch goes on sale on Friday but Chinese factories are already churning out cheaper alternatives, to the delight of local consumers.

24 Apr 2015 - 9:47am 1 comment

Foxconn website overwhelmed on first day of sales of recycled Apple iPhones and iPads

iPhone shoppers in Beijing, China. Apple recently began allowing customers to trade-in their old devices. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple supplier Foxconn's website was struggling with heavy traffic on Wednesday after the company began offering recycled iPhones and iPads for sale as part of a trade-in programme announced last month. 

22 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm

Former Google engineers' Android device to rival Windows Surface for professional tablet market

The Jide Remix Ultra tablet purports to offer the ease of a tablet and the productivity of a laptop. Photo: SCMP Pictures

For former Google software engineer Jeremy Zhou, the idea began when his father handed back a Windows 8 laptop the younger Zhou had given him.

“I thought he’d be fine using it because he had been using Windows for many years, but after two days he gave it back to me, saying he couldn’t use it,” the 38-year-old Zhou said in a recent interview.

22 Apr 2015 - 5:36pm 2 comments

Apple Watch launch will drive competition, say Hong Kong fair participants

Visitors to the electronics fairs at the Convention and Exhibition Centre have shown huge interest in smartwatches. Photo K.Y. Cheng

The launch of the Apple Watch may drive competition, but smartwatch exhibitors at two major Asian trade fairs were hopeful that the latest wearable technology would also make the market bigger.

15 Apr 2015 - 11:12am

Almost 1 million Apple Watches pre-ordered in US: survey

A customer looks at Apple Watches at the Beijing Apple store on April 10, 2015. Photo: AFP

More than 957,000 people in the US placed orders for an Apple Watch on Friday, the earliest the device became available, according to research firm Slice Intelligence.

13 Apr 2015 - 11:16am 2 comments

Apple courts musicians for exclusive streaming deals as Beats gears up to take on Spotify

Apple is reportedly attempting to sign Taylor Swift to its soon-to-be-relaunched music streaming service Beats. Photo: Reuters

Apple has reportedly approached more than a dozen musicians, including US superstar Taylor Swift, in an effort to sign exclusive deals for some of their music to be streamed on Beats.

13 Apr 2015 - 8:00am

Apple's recycled iPhones and iPads to go on sale in China on April 15

Apple's recycled iPhones and iPads to go on sale in China on April 15

The first batch of recycled iPhones and iPads will be available for sale online on Wednesday, according to Apple supplier Foxconn, which is reselling the used gadgets as part of Apple's trade-in programme in China.

15 Apr 2015 - 3:30pm

Beijing fans get first taste of newly launched Apple Watch

Software engineer Mac Li gives the new Apple Watch the thumbs up. Photo: Simon Song

Mac Li, a software engineer in his 20s, started lining up in front of an Apple store in Beijing just after 6am today – and became the second customer to try on an Apple Watch in the city.

15 Apr 2015 - 3:30pm

Apple Watch launch fails to chime with Hong Kong gadget fans

A customer tries on an Apple Watch at the Apple Store in Causeway Bay. Photo: Nora Tam

Apple's latest offering clocked up small crowds on the mainland and in Hong Kong as fans tried on the Apple Watch.

15 Apr 2015 - 11:49am 10 comments

iPhone emoji update boasts more diverse messaging icons, features Hong Kong and Macau flags

The latest update to iOS brings new, more diverse emoji to Apple's iPhone and iPad. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The latest version of Apple's operating system for iPhone and iPad includes a much-anticipated new emoji keyboard, with a more diverse selection of human icons.

9 Apr 2015 - 12:06pm 1 comment

iPhone thriving in China despite losing market share in US and Europe

The iPhone lost market share in developed nations despite remaining strong in China. Photo: Felix Wong

China's importance to Apple has become ever more pronounced as the iPhone remained strong there while losing market share in developed countries, according to a new survey.

By the end of February, the iPhone had a 27.6 per cent share of the Chinese smartphone market, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s latest report.

9 Apr 2015 - 8:00am

Apple Watch review: a potentially revolutionary solution to smartphone addiction

The Apple Watch can track a user's health and fitness, even encouraging them to stand when they've been sedentary for too long. Photo: Dickson Lee

The smartwatch could be the ideal technology to reduce the attention-deficit impact of the smartphone on many users, and the Apple Watch is the best of the bunch.

14 Apr 2015 - 6:49pm 1 comment