Despite assumptions that the iPhone would struggle to achieve a foothold in Japan, a country on the cutting edge of mobile technology, the iPhone has taken the land of the rising sun by storm.
Tokyo-based research firm MMRI is reporting that the iPhone remains as popular as ever in Japan, accounting for 60.1 percent of all smartphones sold from April through September 2010. In the broader mobile phone market, the iPhone accounts for an impressive 7 percent of the Japanese mobile phone market.
China Unicom wants to end rogue sales of its bundled iPhone 4 packages.
The company found online deals where consumers purchase iPhone 4 services and then sell off the parts - the phone and the two-year service subscription - separately for a profit.
The iPhone 4, offered at a reduced rate through China Unicom on a two-year mobile subscription contract, includes a monthly rebate from the company if call limits are met.
Lenovo in China is, apart from computers, one of the cellphone manufacturers. It has now released the Lenovo LePhone in the US. The LePhone is an unlocked GSM smartphone with a 1Gigahertz processor and an Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode display which is in feel, if not totally in appearance, practically a clone of Apple’s iPhone.
It runs with an Android operating system and has, by all reports, an astoundingly sharp screen. Memory can be expanded to 32GB and it has Bluetooth, WiFi and everything else.
The UK's first barcode scanner was launched by Tesco last week, enabling householders to scan any grocery item and add it to a home delivery order instantly.
The barcode reader, which has been added to the existing Tesco Groceries app available on the iPhone, is being targeted at busy parents and time-poor professionals who want to be able to add specific items to their online shopping basket at any time rather than browsing for groceries to add to their shopping lists in the traditional way.
Apple's handful of branded retail stores in China have become the busiest among its 317 shops worldwide, according to the maker of the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
More aggressive retail expansion for Apple in China is expected amid high domestic demand for its new smartphone and media-tablet products.
As Apple Inc. prepared to announce its fourth-quarter results, analysts were forecasting it would have sold another 5 million iPads and around 12m more of the iPhone 4 devices it released in June.
If the company's numbers are good, Apple, which was valued last week at USD274 billion, looks set to become the most valuable company in the world in terms of market capitalisation – surpassing current leader ExxonMobil.
Apple says it is now accepting pre-orders for iPhone 4s in China and limiting customers to one phone per purchase, a measure that could give regular consumers a way to beat scalpers who have been selling marked-up devices directly in front of Apple's retail stores in Shanghai and Beijing.
Customers in the world's largest mobile market must now try to place an order on the company's Chinese website using their identification number.
China Unicom's exclusive agreement for selling the iPhone in China is under threat, with China Telecom tipped to become a seller in the near future.
China Unicom's exclusive arrangement could "likely come to an end early next year", according to a Deutsche Bank analyst, who added, "Our own channel checks suggest [China Telecom] has been in intensive talks with chipset supplier Qualcomm and Apple."
Apple said it is now accepting pre-orders for iPhone 4s in China and limiting customers to one phone per purchase, a measure that could give regular consumers a way to beat scalpers who have been selling marked-up devices directly in front of Apple’s retail stores in Shanghai and Beijing.
GrubHub, a US-based online restaurant-delivery website, has announced updates to its iPhone application and the release of a new Android app enabling users to order food on the go and read reviews from more than 4,000 restaurants in 13 American cities.
"With the growing popularity of our mobile apps, we project mobile orders will comprise 10 percent of our sales by the end of 2010 – roughly USD7 million," said Mike Evans, GrubHub co-founder and COO.