The reporter Rob Schmitz gain exclusive access to the Foxconn iPad factory in China, and is only the second journalist to do so. “On the heels of his report about Mike Daisey’s largely fabricated This American Life story, our China correspondent, Rob Schmitz is back with a new exclusive. Rob recently gained access to the Foxconn factory floor in Shenzhen, China, making him the first public media reporter (and only the second journalist) Apple has ever allowed into its Chinese supplier. Hear his exclusive reports on your local public radio station (week of April 9, 2012) or online anytime at marketplace.org.” Take a look after the break where you can find a 3:30 minute “audio” interview about Rob’s tour in the China Foxconn factory. » Journalist Rob Schmitz Gets A Foxconn Factory Tour
Accoring to M.I.C Gadget Apple has started putting posters of its upcoming China flagship store in a shopping center called Parkland Mall at Dalian, a rich Chinese city with a lot of investment coming from Korea and Japan. However, due to competition in shopping centres, another shopping center called Dalian Department Store is jealous of Parkland Mall for having an Apple Store. “The video below shows the security guards from the Dalian Department Store destroying the barricades after negotiations were unsuccessful.” » Worlds Biggest Apple Store Coming To Dalian, China
Earlier Apple already announced that the winner of its 25 billion app countdown contest was Fu Chunli (see above), a resident of Qingdao, China who downloaded “Disney Where’s My Water? Free” and won a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. M.I.C. Gadget reported that she had only been an iPhone user for a month at the time of milestone and had been unaware of the contest until she was contacted by Apple.
Fu Chunli was not a big fan of Apple, and had only purchased her iPhone for about one month, still learning how to use the App Store. She didn’t know anything about the competition until she was contacted by Apple. When she received a call from staff at Apple (China), she thought it was a hoax. She was still confused when a friend told her that she received a prize from Apple, but did not believe her luck until she saw an email from Apple Inc.
We already told you that the App Store Reaches 25 Billion Downloads, and now we know who won the $10,000 gift card. Today Apple announced Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China was the winner. To take home the prize, Fu downloaded Disneys water-based physics-puzzler “Where is My Water? Free.” Apples Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddie Cue said the following: » The 25th Billion App Downloaded by Chunli Fu of Qingdao China
Bootlegged Apple products have been spreading like wildfire throughout China. But that does not mean every iPhone is a fake. Increasingly, iPhones are being smuggled in to Mainland China. And the smugglers are getting pretty creative. » iPhone Smuggling in China [video]
iSmashPhone reported that Apple is facing a potential 240 million yuan ($38 million) fine from governmental authorities over alleged trademark infringement involving the “iPad” name.
According to Shenzhen-based Proview Technology, it is over an intellectual property rights violation. Proview Technology claims the rights to the name iPad, as does Apple. The case was filed in 2011, and is now pending hearing by the Pudong district court in Shanghai later this month.
The China Telecom subsidiary Beijing Telecom released a press release (via China Daily) and said the nations third-largest mobile operator, revealed it may launch the code division multiple access (CDMA) version of Apple Incs iPhone 4S in the Chinese mainland as early as February. Prices has not been released yet, so we can not give any information about iPhone 4S contracts. » Beijing Telecom May Start Selling iPhone 4S In A Month