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. 

Long-anticipated large-screen iPhone 6 ‘due for September 9 launch’

Apple sold some 35 million iPhones in the past quarter, lifted by growth in China, but its share of the smartphone market has been shrinking globally. Photo: AFP

Apple has scheduled a September 9 event to unveil its long-anticipated large-screen iPhone, the online news site Re/code reported on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 6 August, 2014, 6:39pm 1 comment

Access to iPhone data not a back door for spies, Apple says

Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicised techniques by Apple employees. Photo: Reuters

Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicised techniques by Apple employees, the company has acknowledged.

27 Jul 2014 - 7:20am

First look: Apple's new OS X Yosemite offers sleek new styling, privacy and security

Apple Senior Vice-President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco last month. Photo: AFP

Apple opens a public beta programme for OS X Yosemite today – and the Post can give a sneak preview of what’s in store for users after spending two days trying out the system.

24 Jul 2014 - 5:13pm 1 comment

'Halo effect' from iPhone, iPad lifts Mac computer sales in China

Apple sold 1.8 million computers in China last year as iPhone buyers bought Macs. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple is seeing sharp growth in China for its Mac laptop and desktop products, boosted by the popularity of the iPhone and iPad, even though personal computer sales in this large market remain sluggish.

24 Jul 2014 - 7:53am

Apple-IBM alliance may hit a speed bump in China

Apple-IBM alliance may hit a speed bump in China

Security concerns by Beijing could throw a spanner in the works for Apple and IBM in China, after the two technology giants teamed up to bring advanced mobile enterprise applications for the iPhone and iPad to businesses.

17 Jul 2014 - 8:05am 1 comment

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.

16 Jul 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