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Apple may soon begin selling iPad 2 units built in Brazil





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According to a tipster who spoke with MacRumors, Apple may start selling the Brazilian-built iPad 2 soon, because the locally assembled 16-gigabyte iPad 2, which sells for $399 in the U.S., has received the proper certification to go on sale in Brazil.

The Brazil-built iPad 2 units are expected to be available alongside regular units built in China, also by Foxconn. Apple's new third-generation Retina display iPad has apparently not yet received approval for sale, whether assembled in Brazil or China.


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Analysts Expect $1000 Share Price For Apple Within The Next Year Or Two



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During the past couple of days, two high-profile research analyst published reports forecasting that Apple will reach $1000 per share milestone in one or two years. With such a high share price the company’s market capitalization will push toward an unprecedented trillion-dollar level.


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Wednesday, April 4th, 2012. 0:40

Apple And Foxconn's Agreement Will Raise Bar For Working Conditions In China



Yesterday Fair Labor Association published the results of its investigation into three Foxconn facilities. The inspection has revealed a number of violations of the labor law, and following FLA’s recommendations Apple and Foxconn have agreed to bring overtime and working hours in line with the Chinese legal limit of 36 per month and 49 per week. Also Foxconn will hire thousands of new workers and provide a compensation package to ensure employee’s salaries remain at the same level amid reduced overtime and working hours.


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Friday, March 30th, 2012. 23:46

Apple CEO Tim Cook Tours Foxconn iPhone Production Facility in China



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Carolyn Wu, a spokeswoman for the Cupertino, Calif., company, told Bloomberg in an e-mail on Thursday that Apple CEO Tim Cook visited an iPhone production line at a Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou, China to discuss "intellectual-property issues and greater cooperation."

"China is very important to us and we look forward to even greater investment and growth here," the company said.

The executive's visit to an iPhone production line comes as Apple has come under fire for working conditions at its suppliers' factories. Different reports claimed that Apple is aware of rights abuses for years without doing anything about them. Cook, however, said in a letter to employees: "We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain."


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, March 30th, 2012. 13:51

Guide: Identifying iPhone models



Sometimes users have hard time identifying what iPhone model they own or try to buy. Here is a quick guide:

Icon Model Year Introduced Model Number* Capacity
iPhone 4S 2011 A1387 16, 32, and 64 GB
iPhone 4S (GSM China) 2011 A1431 16, 32, and 64 GB
iPhone 4 (CDMA model) 2011 A1349 8, 16 and 32 GB
iPhone 4 (GSM model) 2010 A1332 8, 16 and 32 GB
iPhone 3GS front and back iPhone 3GS (China) 2009 A1325 8, 16 and 32 GB
iPhone 3GS front and back iPhone 3GS 2009 A1303 8, 16 and 32 GB
iPhone 3G front and back iPhone 3G (China) 2009 A1324 8 and 16 GB
iPhone 3G front and back iPhone 3G 2008 A1241 8 and 16 GB
iPhone front and back iPhone 2007 A1203 4, 8, and 16 GB
* You can find the model number on the iPhone's back case.


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China Surpasses U.S. In Terms Of Android And iOS Activations For The First Time



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Mobile analytics company Flurry reports that China has surpassed U.S. for the first time in activations of new Android and iOS devices.

“February, Flurry calculated that China surpassed the United States in monthly new iOS and Android device activations for the first time in history. China is now the world’s fastest growing smart device market”.


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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. 22:52

Apple next-generation iPad liveblog



11:23AM - That’s it!


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Customs bust a guy with 170 iPhones taped to his body trying to smuggle them into China



Watch this guy get busted while trying to smuggle nearly 170 iPhones (from our count) from Hong Kong to Mainland China by taping them around his body. This is insane because he's trying to smuggle those phones into where they are made to turn a profit.




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Monday, March 5th, 2012. 23:13

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Apple said to be considering a 14-inch MacBook Air for Asian markets



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A new rumor suggests that Apple could develop a new 14-inch MacBook Air model specifically for the Asian PC market. DigiTimes reported that mass production of the 14-inch thin-and-light notebook may begin soon. Apple is said to be considering the 14-inch screen size for the notebook because it is a popular form factor unique to the region.

Apple currently sells MacBook Air in screen sizes of 11.6 inches and 13.3 inches. But in the Asia market 14-inch notebooks account for as much as 40 percent of sales that is why Apple is said to be considering a screen size specifically for that region.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012. 23:47

Apple rumored to be secretly shipping 'iPad 3' as Best Buy cuts iPad 2 by $50



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Meijer, a regional big-box retailer in the U.S., slashed the price of the 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi by $70, and Best Buy has begun offering $50 off every iPad 2 model. These facts could, however, suggest that Foxconn is already preparing to ship the device's third-generation successor to Apple in the United States.

The alleged secret shipments from Foxconn were revealed in a shipping manifest from Apple.pro revealed this weekend, which shows a series of shipments scheduled to begin delivery in the U.S. no later than March 9. The mystery orders arriving from Chengdu, China, are said to be under high security. A source from Foxconn's Chengdu plant reportedly indicated that the shipment is for "Apple's latest products."


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, February 27th, 2012. 21:01

Apple Now Selling Brazilian-Made iPhone 4



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Apple’s efforts to diversify iPhone and iPad manufacturing locations and make the devices more affordable in the world's fifth most populous country by eliminating high import taxes has resulted in moving production into Brazil where Foxconn built its factory. The factory has already begun manufacturing the iPhone and Apple has indeed begun selling the Brazilian-made 8 GB iPhone 4 through its online store in that country.

The iPhone 4S and 8 GB iPhone 4 debuted in Brazil in mid-December, but early models were manufactured in China and carried very high pricing with the iPhone 4S starting at the equivalent of over $1400. With exchange rate fluctuations that figure is now over $1500, while the cheaper 8 GB iPhone 4 still comes in at a hefty $1050. The unlocked iPhone 4 is priced at $549 in the United States.


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Qualcomm Announced Its Fifth-Generation Gobi Chip



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Today chip maker Qualcomm took the wraps off its new chip, a fifth iteration of its Gobi platform. It includes a comprehensive support for TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, LTE on TDD and FDD networks and has GPS capabilities. Also it supports the EV-DO and HSPA+ for backwards compatibility. Theoretically, such a powerful combination would allow Gobi devices to connect locally to the faster LTE network and stay connected to the Internet on 3G networks worldwide.


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Written by maxim

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012. 0:52

Apple Threatens Proview With Lawsuit For Defamation



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According to Associated Press, Chinese court has decided against Apple in its ongoing dispute with Proview over the trademark rights to the "iPad" in that country, ruling that distributors should cease selling iPad in China. However, the impact of the decision is unclear as it just one of several lawsuits that Proview has filed against Apple seeking to extract $2 billion for these rights.


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Monday, February 20th, 2012. 22:32

iPad Issues in China



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Yesterday the iPad had been pulled from sale at online retailers Amazon China and Suning.com. The Wall Street Journal now reports that the iPad had been removed at Apple's request rather than as a result of actions associated with the trademark dispute, but Apple's reasons for the request were unknown. However, Apple may request that Amazon China remove the iPad from sale, simply due to Amazon China not being an officially authorized retailer.

The Cupertino, Calif., consumer electronics giant asked Amazon in China to stop selling iPads because it is not an authorized reseller, according to people familiar with the matter. Amazon has since removed iPads offered by other resellers on its Chinese website as well.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Thursday, February 16th, 2012. 16:14

Foxconn’s Working Conditions Are Far Better Than The Norm



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Reuters reports on Fair Labor Association’s initial impressions as it conducts its independent audit of working conditions at Foxconn's manufacturing facilities at Apple’s request.

According to the Auret van Heerden, the president of Fair Labor Association, Foxconn’s manufacturing facilities seems to be "first-class" compared to the garment factories which are typically monitored by the association. He also suggests that boredom and monotony connected with repetitive assembly tasks might be among the main threats to employees’ health at the facilities.


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Written by maxim

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012. 23:39