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. 

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.

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015, 3:30pm

Apple Watch goes on sale in China to minimal fanfare

Apple Watch goes on sale in China to minimal fanfare

China's Apple fans finally got the chance to cover up their wrists with the Cupertino-based company's much-touted wearable technology, Apple Watch but turnout was much lower than previous Apple gadget releases.

10 Apr 2015 - 4:13pm

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

Swiss army knife maker Victorinox launches offensive against Apple Watch

A Swiss army knife featuring a one terabyte USB drive. Maker Victorinox is launching a smart watch to compete with Apple. Photo: Bloomberg

Swiss army knife maker Victorinox plans to unveil its version of a smartwatch by the start of next year, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

The Swiss army knife is a popular purchase for Chinese tourists travelling overseas and Victorinox has opened a number of stores in Greater China in recent years as it seeks to expand its footprint in the Asian market.

8 Apr 2015 - 12:02pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook offers employees 50pc discount on Apple Watch

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

Want an Apple Watch but put off by the price tag? Time to make friends with an Apple employee.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced this week that all staff at the company will be eligible to receive a 50 per cent discount on Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport (though not on the US$10,000+ gold Apple Watch Edition).

8 Apr 2015 - 11:02am

Customers buying gold Apple Watches may be able to skip queues, get VIP treatment

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveils the gold Apple Watch at an event in San Francisco in March 2015. Photo: Kyodo

The 18 karat gold Apple Watch Edition, released in around two weeks, can cost as much as US$10,000, putting it in the same category as other common luxury products such as Louis Vuitton handbags or a Cartier watch.

2 Apr 2015 - 12:48pm 1 comment

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 customers complaining of low prices being offered for their old devices.

2 Apr 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 Apr 2015 - 11:30am 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. 

21 Apr 2015 - 11:27am 1 comment