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. 

China excluded from Apple Music launch; Hong Kong priced 40pc lower than US

Apple CEO Tim Cook (left) announced the service at an annual developers' conference in San Francisco last month. Photo: AFP

After months of hype and contract negotiations with labels and artists, Apple has jumped into the increasingly competitive music streaming market by releasing Apple Music in 100 countries and territories. Notably, mainland China was left off the list.

Thursday, 2 July, 2015, 7:36pm 1 comment

Apple jumps into the music streaming pool

Apple jumps into the music streaming pool

Apple Music debuts with a free three month trial period and joins rivals Spotify, Pandora and Google Music. 

1 Jul 2015 - 9:44am

Apple hiring spree for iPhone News curators sparks censorship fears

The News app is expected to arrive in September with iOS 9, as more people turn to their mobile devices to stay abreast of the latest developments. Photo: AFP

Apple is hiring editorial staff to oversee and curate content for its soon-to-be-released News app. They will also work with publications to promote breaking stories, new job listings reveal. 

The News app was revealed last week as part of Apple's announcement of iOS 9, the latest operating system for iPhones and iPads. They are both expected to be released in September.

17 Jun 2015 - 8:01am

Apple Music cautiously embraced by record industry as regulators pursue antitrust probe

Drake performs at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 8, 2015. Apple announced a new music streaming service that will compete with Spotify and YouTube. Photo: AFP

A decade ago, Apple helped revitalise a music industry hit hard by online piracy with its iTunes Store. Now, amid a steady slump in digital downloads, the industry is hopeful that the tech giant's new streaming service will give record companies another desperately needed boost.

11 Jun 2015 - 10:31am

Apple iOS 9 may make it easier for iPhone users in China to bypass internet censorship

An advert for the iPhone 5C in Kunming, China. Changes introduced in iOS 9 may make it easier for Chinese iPhone users to bypass government censorship. Photo: Reuters

An update to Apple's mobile operating system could make it easier for users in China to bypass internet filtering and censorship.

9 Jun 2015 - 6:16pm 3 comments

Hong Kong app developers see big benefits from Apple Watch software upgrade

Apple announced a host of upgrades to its Watch on Monday in San Francisco. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Mobile application developers in Hong Kong expect to tap into new market opportunities after Apple unveiled the first major software upgrade for its smartwatch operating system.

The new watchOS 2 was introduced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday in San Francisco, giving developers the tools to build faster and more powerful apps that run on the Apple Watch.

9 Jun 2015 - 10:46am

Apple unveils new music streaming service and 24-hour radio

Apple unveils new music streaming service and 24-hour radio

Taking on competitors Pandora and Spofity, Apple unveils new music streaming app - Apple Music - at its Worldwide Developers Conference. (Photo: Xinhua) 

9 Jun 2015 - 11:05am

Apple announces music streaming service, iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and upgraded Siri

Apple announced a new OS X, El Capitan, and iOS 9 during the keynote at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference that runs through June 12. Photo: AFP

Apple has announced a major new foray into streaming music as it showed off a host of new software features for its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

The US$10-a-month (HK$7.75) music service is called Apple Music and combines on-demand listening, a 24/7 radio station hosted by live DJs and a forum for artists to give fans behind-the-scenes content from upcoming releases.

9 Jun 2015 - 8:21pm 1 comment

Apple Maps to add public transport directions for users in China

Users in China will soon be able to access public transit information on Apple Maps. Photo: TNS

People in cities across China will soon be able to see information about public and mass transport using Apple Maps, as the company attempts to improve its much maligned but widely used mapping app.

8 Jun 2015 - 4:26pm

Apple working on patch for text message bug that forces iPhones to shutdown

A recently discovered bug can cause Apple iPhones to shutdown by sending them a specific string of text in a message. Photo: Sam Tsang

Apple is working on a fix for a recently discovered bug that makes it possible to crash a user's iPhone or iPad by sending the device a specific string of text.

29 May 2015 - 3:39pm

Behind the scenes at CES Asia in Shanghai, complaints about Chinese copycats

More than 200 technology companies from 15 countries are showcasing their consumer technology innovations at CES Asia which takes place from May 25 to 27. Photo: AFP

While the inaugural Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia, taking place in Shanghai this week, has been as jargon-filled as any technology event: B2B, B2C, O2O, etc. But one acronym is only mentioned in private conversations: C2C.

26 May 2015 - 4:39pm 1 comment

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 to pay.

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