Apple iPhones

HTC turns to cheaper phones for sales boost

HTC says a focus on its flagship smartphone led to mid-tier devices being neglected which resulted in disappointing sales. Photo: Reuters

Smarting from growing losses, Taiwanese phone maker HTC says it will expand its range of cheaper products as it fixes off-target marketing for its premium smartphones.

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014, 1:16am

Samsung quarterly profit falls for first time in two years as new iPhones snatch sales

Sales of Samsung's Galaxy S4 slowed after Apple's iPhone 5 came onto the market last year. Photo: Reuters

Samsung Electronics posted its first decline in quarterly profit in two years, hit by a one-off special bonus as well as slowing smartphone sales as it braces for a year of tougher competition with rival Apple.

24 Jan 2014 - 3:07pm

Debate rages over passenger electronics affecting aircraft systems

An American Airlines ticketing counter at Miami International Airport. Photo: AP

The regional airliner was climbing past 2,700 metres when its compasses went haywire, leading pilots several kilometres off course until a flight attendant persuaded a passenger in the ninth row to switch off an iPhone.

16 May 2013 - 2:42am

Facebook apps for iPhone-iPad add free calls

The sun rises behind the entrance sign to Facebook headquarters in California. Photo: Reuters

Facebook allowed users on Friday to make free calls to friends at the leading social network using its application tailored for iPhones or iPads.

An updated Facebook “app” for the popular Apple mobile devices shows when friends are online and then gives the option of ringing them up by tapping an icon on the screen.

23 Feb 2013 - 10:56am

Apple loses rights to iPhone trademark in Brazil

iPhone smartphone models of Brazilian company Gradiente. Photo: AFP

Regulators in Brazil on Wednesday rejected Apple’s application to register its iPhone trademark in the country, having already recognised a local manufacturer’s claim to the name.

14 Feb 2013 - 1:39am

Apple falls on China Mobile comment

Apple falls on China Mobile comment

Apple shares fell further yesterday after China Mobile chief executive Li Yue said he would not add the iPhone to the world's largest wireless network without a deal favourable for his firm.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:23am

Apple’s iPhone 5 gets final approval for China release

 A new iPhone 5. Photo: AFP

Apple’s latest iPhone has received final clearance from Chinese regulators, paving the way for a December debut in a highly competitive market where the lack of a new model had severely eroded its share of product sales.

1 Dec 2012 - 9:47am

Foxconn shares surge on broker upgrades

Foxconn International Holdings, the world's biggest contract maker of mobile phones, surged by a record yesterday after Citigroup and HSBC upgraded the stock on much improved prospects for generating profits.

The company's shares surged by as much 31.9 per cent to finish at HK$3.60, compared with a 0.47 per cent decline in the benchmark Hang Seng Index.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:24am

China Telecom results down 7.3pc year on year

A China Telecom service centre in Shanghai. Photo: EPA

China Telecom, the world's biggest fixed-line network operator, reported a fall in net profit of 7.3 per cent for the third quarter from a year earlier, hit by increasing costs and subsidies on mobile phones to attract subscribers.

Net profit dropped to 3.75 billion yuan (HK$4.61 billion) while revenue rose 16 per cent to 72 billion yuan from the year-earlier quarter.

30 Oct 2012 - 2:48pm

Stellar Galaxy sales lift Samsung to new profit heights

A Samsung employee prepares a showroom display in Seoul. Strong sales of Galaxy phones helped the company's third-quarter net profit nearly double. Photo: AP

Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest maker of televisions and mobile phones, reported a record third-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates as surging sales of Galaxy smartphones widened the lead over Apple's iPhone.

27 Oct 2012 - 3:17am

Apple profit forecast falls short of market target

Tim Cook says the company was in its most prolific period.

Apple forecast profit that fell short of analysts' predictions as chief executive Tim Cook boosts spending to revamp the company's product line and get new iPhones and iPads in stores by year-end holidays.

27 Oct 2012 - 2:52am

Apple iPhone supply hit by China factory dispute

Workers survey damage at Foxconn's Taiyuan plant. Photo: Reuters

Foxconn Technology, the assembler of Apple iPhones, had to stop mainland production for the second time in as many weeks after factory-line workers at one of its plants protested against increased pressure.

9 Oct 2012 - 3:01am