Golden iPhone5S in hot demand as fewer fans queue in Hong Kong, mainland China for new phones

Buyers in line at a Beijing Apple store. Photo: weibo screenshot

Apple fans in Hong Kong and on the mainland queued up on Friday morning at the US technology company's stores and at local telecommunication retailers to snap up the latest models of the iPhone.

Friday, 20 September, 2013, 5:36pm

Chinese netizens feel 'cheated' that the iPhone 5c is still expensive

Photographers at Apple's first press event in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

While China may be one of the first markets to gain early access to Apple’s newest smartphone models, netizens who watched Apple’s latest press conference were largely unimpressed with the recently announced iPhone 5s and 5c.

12 Sep 2013 - 11:11am 6 comments

'Fake' iPhone charger cited in electrocution death probe

'Fake' iPhone charger cited in electrocution death probe

A woman killed by an electric shock while using her iPhone may have been using a non-Apple-made battery charger at the time of her death, Chinese state media reported.

20 Jul 2013 - 8:48am 30 comments

Review: Water resistance stands out in Sony phone

Sony says the Xperia can be submerged at least one metre under water for 30 minutes. Photo: AP

Think of a leading phone maker. Apple and Samsung might come to mind — maybe even HTC, maker of the well-received One. But you’re probably not thinking Sony, a company better known for its TVs, cameras and video game machines.

With the new Xperia Z, Sony shows it can play in the smartphone big leagues.

11 Jul 2013 - 12:29pm

Apple mulls chunkier iPhone, taking cue from Samsung

Apple may offer chunkier smartphones next year. Photo: AFP

The moves by Apple, which are still under discussion, take their cue from rival Samsung Electronics, underscoring how the US firm that once ruled the smartphone market is under threat from its aggressive South Korean competitor.

14 Jun 2013 - 3:50am

Apple's revamped iOS receives mixed reception from consumers

Apple's Craig Federighi introduces new Apple iOS7 features during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Photo: Xinhua

Apple’s “minor” overhaul to its mobile operating system, the most major re-design since the iPhone’s first release in 2007, was met with mixed reviews on Tuesday.

12 Jun 2013 - 5:35pm

Apple cooks up iPhone trade-in scheme to boost sales

Apple sold 37.4 million iPhones in the latest quarter.

Apple is starting an iPhone trade-in programme this month aimed at getting users to upgrade to the iPhone 5 and turn in older models, people with knowledge of the plans said.

Apple has teamed up with Brightstar Corp, a mobile-phone distributor, to run the exchange programme, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple has not publicly announced the plan.

8 Jun 2013 - 4:09am

Apple infringes Samsung patent on older iPhones and iPads, says US agency

A Samsung Galaxy S3 (left) and Apple iPhone 4. Apple was found to infringe on a patent that relates to 3G wireless technology. Photo: Reuters

A US trade body found the Silicon Valley giant had infringed on a patent owned by the South Korean company and slapped a ban on the sale of certain older iPhone and iPad models sold by AT&T

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China Mobile gets 4G edge, iPhone coming?

The next iPhone 6 launch date is speculated to be around the end of this year, about the same time China Mobile would launch its 4G service. Photo: Reuters

The latest reports on Beijing's plans to issue 4G mobile licenses look like good news for China Mobile, which could lay the groundwork for China's largest telcoms company to reach a highly anticipated deal to finally offer an Apple iPhone for its network.

9 May 2013 - 11:29am

Hard-line stance on terms pushes clients away from iPhone maker Apple

China Mobile, the world's biggest telephone company, is among service providers that have not signed an agreement to carry the iPhone. Photo: EPA

Apple is missing out on a chance to court as many as 2.8 billion new smartphone customers, many of them in Asia, as telecommunications service providers balk at conditions imposed by the iPhone maker and drag their heels in signing on as partners.

7 May 2013 - 4:26am

Apple may turn focus to more affordable iPhones, analysts predict

Apple may turn focus to more affordable iPhones, analysts predict. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple will not release a large-screened "phablet" phone to compete with arch-rival Samsung this year, according to analysts, as the odds narrow the technology group will release a cheaper iPhone to capture the pay-as-you-go market.

5 May 2013 - 6:56am

Galaxy sales help push Samsung to quarterly profit record

The Galaxy S4 is part of the company's plan to win back the top spot in smartphone sales in the US. Photo: Bloomberg

Samsung has posted a record quarterly profit as surging sales of Galaxy handsets helped Asia's biggest technology company overcome sluggish demand for its televisions.

27 Apr 2013 - 2:42am 1 comment

Samsung S4 aims to bite fresh chunk of Apple market share

A photograph is projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House during the unveiling of the new Samsung GALAXY S 4 smartphone this week. The touchscreen device goes on sale in South Korea on Friday. Photo: AFP

Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy smartphone goes on sale this week, as the South Korean giant seeks to cement its lead over faltering rival Apple in an increasingly saturated market.

The Galaxy S4, armed with eye motion control technology that will pause a video when the user looks away, comes with a faster chip and is thinner and lighter than the previous S3 model.

24 Apr 2013 - 2:59pm

Ralph Toledano styles a personal philosophy on building brands

Ralph Toledano

We've always struggled with the language of high fashion. When we read of a Giorgio Armani executive saying that couture was more about "authenticity and heritage as key values when considering a purchase", rather than as "expensive trend-driven clothing", it brings out the cynic in Lai See.

9 Apr 2013 - 6:08am

China Telecom's net profit falls 9.5pc despite 15.5pc rise in revenue

Wang Xiaochu says China Telecom wants to add 30 million mobile users this year. Photo: May Tse

China Telecom, the world's biggest fixed-line network operator and the nation's third-largest mobile-phone carrier, reported a 9.5 per cent decline in net profit last year due to increased marketing costs to promote the iPhone.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:14am