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 claims vindication after court rules Samsung copied iPhone features

An Android mascot is seen in front of Apple's logo in this photo illustration. Some observers viewed Apple's litigation against Samsung as an attempt to curtail the rapid rise of phones using Google Inc's rival Android operating software. Photo: Reuters

A US federal appeals court has upheld a jury’s finding that Samsung illegally copied some patented features in Apple’s iPhone, but it sided with Samsung on one point that could reduce the US$930 million (HK$7.3 billion) in damages the South Korean company had been ordered

Tuesday, 19 May, 2015, 9:02am

Can ShenQi help Lenovo conquer the Chinese smartphone market?

Lenovo smartphone and tablets as talk swirled it may partner with Baidu. Photo: Reuters

If you are familiar with the early days of the Chinese internet, the name fm365 may ring a bell. Created with much fanfare by Lenovo and financially co-sponsored by AOL, the $20-million portal was once the hallmark of the rising PC maker’s lofty ambitions to foray into the dotcom industry.

15 May 2015 - 6:30am

China a gold mine for online payment platform system companies

Tencent's WeChat service (SCMP Picture)

China’s burgeoning number of Internet users and rapid increase in online shopping are creating new opportunities for online payment platforms.

12 May 2015 - 12:48pm

Samsung overtakes Apple to become world's top smartphone maker by volume: report

Samsung shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide and captured 24 per cent market share in the first quarter of 2015. Photo: Reuters

Samsung Electronics overtook Apple to recapture the title of world's top smartphone maker by volume in the first quarter of 2015, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Wednesday.

It said Samsung shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide and captured 24 per cent market share in the quarter, down from 31 per cent a year earlier but better than Apple's 18 per cent.

29 Apr 2015 - 10:38am 1 comment

Facebook, Microsoft and other tech firms launch tools to help Nepal earthquake survivors

Nepalese villagers charge their cell phones in an open area in Kathmandu. Tech firms have launched several tools to make it easier to communicate with survivors of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake. Photo: AP

A number of major US technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter, have launched schemes to help survivors of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday.

29 Apr 2015 - 8:00pm

So many smartphone launches to cover in China: is a bubble in the making?

Smartphones on show at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing this month. Photo: Reuters.

For tech reporters in China these days, time management is really challenging, thanks to the almost non-stop rounds of launches of all kinds of new products. Sometimes they are forced to choose which company to cover, a dilemma when all are likely to be equally newsworthy.

29 Apr 2015 - 10:34am

China's iPhone love sends Apple soaring

China's iPhone love sends Apple soaring

China has overtaken the U.S. in iPhone sales for the first time and Reuters looks into why the brand has surged in popularity despite a high price point. (Cover photo: AP)

8 May 2015 - 4:14pm

Apple posts second record quarter in a row as China sales drive revenue to US$58 billion

Strong sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, especially in China, have given Apple a record-breaking quarter. Photo: AFP

Apple sold more than 61 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2015, as strong sales in China propelled the US tech giant to revenues of US$58 billion.

29 Apr 2015 - 9:27am

We need to talk about Xiaomi: ‘China’s Apple’ counts on word of mouth to promote its phones

Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun presents a new phone "Apple style", but the company eschews the big spending on marketing of its US rival. Photo: Reuters.

Don’t expect to see slick, glossy advertisements for Xiaomi’s mobile phones on public transport, billboards or even televisions near you.

28 Apr 2015 - 7:07pm

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.

25 Apr 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