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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 softens blow of security threat allegations with consumer advocacy

With 6 per cent of the mainland smartphone market, iPhone technology is unlikely to post any security threat. Photo: Reuters

Security risk allegations against Apple that were reported last week by the mainland's state-owned broadcaster may have helped, rather than harmed, the technology giant's reputation in the world's largest smartphone market.

Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, 1:15am

Apple rebuts CCTV claim that the iPhone's location data could threaten national security

Apple rebuts CCTV claim that the iPhone's location data could threaten national security

Apple has rebutted a report by state media which claimed a feature in the iPhone that tracks a user's location could be a national security threat.

13 Jul 2014 - 9:47am 7 comments

Apple may be open to a deal on patent row over Siri

Apple said it was open to "reasonable discussions" with mainland firm Zhizhen, which has accused it of patent violation. Photo: AFP

Apple could be open to a settlement to end a case brought by a mainland software company for alleged patent infringement in Siri, the digital personal assistant application used on the iPhone and iPad.

10 Jul 2014 - 4:55am

Apple's new iPhones head for assembly lines next month: sources

Apple is heeding market demand for smartphones with bigger screens, which are proving popular on the mainland. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple's suppliers will begin mass production of new iPhones in China next month, according to people familiar with the plans of the US smartphone giant.

25 Jun 2014 - 5:36am 2 comments

Apple's new programming tool opens door to more Hong Kong developers

The Swift programming language is expected to be a boon to local developers building apps for Apple users. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong mobile application companies predict more local developers will join the ranks of those creating apps for Apple devices, following the technology giant's surprise release of a new programming language earlier this month.

23 Jun 2014 - 9:31pm

Taiwan’s Quanta to start making Apple smartwatch in July

Apple expects to ship 50 million units within the first year of the smartwatch’s release. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan’s Quanta Computer will start mass production of Apple’s first smartwatch next month, a source familiar with the matter said, as the US tech giant tries to prove it can still innovate against South Korean rival Samsung Electronics.

20 Jun 2014 - 11:55am

China cracks down on Apple’s iMessage as national web cleanup continues

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the Chinese-language features on iMessage. Photo: Tech in Asia

China’s Ministry of Information and Information Technology (MIIT) intends to lay down new regulations governing Apple’s iMessage, the default messaging app in every Apple iPhone and iPad. 

The measures include tools to monitor and prevent spam messages, which the ministry says are prevalent on the iOS default messaging app.

17 Jun 2014 - 6:10pm 1 comment

EU to probe Apple’s Irish tax shelters

Apple’s Irish arrangement helped it achieve an effective tax rate of just 3.7 per cent on its non-US income last year. Photo: AP

The European Commission will launch a formal investigation on Wednesday into Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland, Irish state broadcaster RTE reported, without naming its source.

The European Union’s competition authority said last year that it was looking into corporate tax arrangements in several member states and had requested information from Ireland.

11 Jun 2014 - 10:33am

Apple's operating system upgrade to spur mobile apps

Apple's Chief Executive Tim Cook is seen on the company's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC2014) in San Francisco. Photo: Xinhua

Mobile applications developers in Hong Kong expect to generate fresh business opportunities after Apple took the wraps off its new and improved mobile operating system, iOS 8.

4 Jun 2014 - 5:30am

Apple opens the door for digital currencies, such as bitcoin

Lo Ken-bon, co-founder and chief executive of ANX. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong's biggest virtual currency trading platform hopes to benefit from a rewrite of rules by Apple that could soon allow the use of bitcoin and other digital money transactions on mobiles and tablet devices.

4 Jun 2014 - 4:34am

Apple CEO Tim Cook under pressure to launch next 'must have' product

Apple CEO Tim Cook (left) is under pressure to launch the next 'must have' product

When Apple's chief executive Tim Cook takes the stage at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco tomorrow, he will face one key question: can Apple do it again?

1 Jun 2014 - 12:36pm 1 comment

Apple pays US$3b for music streaming and headphones firm Beats

Apple hopes the acquisition of Beats will help it make greater inroads into the youth market. Photo: AP

Apple will buy Beats for about US$3 billion and bring recording mogul Jimmy Iovine into its ranks, hoping to win points with the music industry and help it catch up in fast-growing music streaming.

As expected, Beats co-founders Iovine and rapper Dr Dre will join Apple as part of the acquisition of the music streaming and audio equipment company.

29 May 2014 - 3:43pm

Apple tries to block sale of some Samsung smartphone models in US

Apple has been waging legal battles with Samsung since 2011 across four continents.

Apple is seeking a US sales ban on some older Samsung smartphones following a jury verdict that the South Korean company infringed three of its patents.

26 May 2014 - 6:53am

Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

Apple and Google are burying the hatchet. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple and Google have declared a ceasefire in their intellectual property wars. The two Silicon Valley technology giants said they are dropping lawsuits against one another and will work together to reform patent law.

18 May 2014 - 3:32am

Hip hop's first billionaire? Dr Dre closes in on US$3.2 billion headphones deal with Apple

Dr Dre wears his signature Beats headphones. Photo: Reuters

It is a long way from the rough streets of south Los Angeles to becoming the world's richest hip hop star. But that is the path that beckons Andre Young - better known as Dr Dre - thanks to some very fashionable headphones.

22 May 2014 - 6:42pm