One iPhone thief has proven that even criminals can be thoughtful. A Chinese thief scrupulously wrote out eleven pages of contact details from a stolen iPhone and sent them to the owner.
The odd situation took place in China. According to the publication, the thief is believed to have taken the Apple device from Zou Bin when they shared a taxi. Zou’s iPhone contained nearly 1,000 contact numbers with no backup copy. After the man had found the miss, he wrote a text message to the thief asking him to return the handset if he knew what was good for him.
Zou Bin said to the thief: “I know you are the man who sat beside me. I can assure you that I will find you. Look through the contact numbers in my mobile and you will know what trade I am in,” he added. “Send me back the phone to the address below if you are sensible.”
According to the report, the man works in the “pub industry, which in China is widely held to have links with gangs.”
Days after sending his message, instead of the device, Zou received a package with the iPhone’s SIM card and an 11-page handwritten document with all Zou’s contact numbers. All the 1,000 contacts were listed in the document.
The owner of the iPhone seemed pleased the approach the thief took.
“It would take a while to write from one to one thousand, let alone names and a whole string of digits. I suppose (the thief’s) hand is swelling,” Zou was quoted as saying.
Internet users also gave the thief plaudits for his care, dubbing him “the conscience of the (theft) industry”.
As reported by the Chinese news media, who analyzed launched pre-orders for the new iPhone, the gold iPhone 5S models were quickly bought up after online pre-orders began Tuesday morning.
The company’s first gold-color device was sold out immediately in Hong Kong and mainland China.
New Delhi report showed, that the demand was so strong that the company’s reservation page went down once. Yellow smartphone, previously referred to as “champagne”, after the presentation received the name “gold”, but this does not make it less attractive.
The current race for the gold iPhone 5S is called “the golden hysteria”, which is spreading throughout China with stunning speed. In forums around China people started buying the gold model and right after it became available, the champagne gold model was sold out. The number of gold phones available to pre-order wasn’t revealed.
Residents of Celestial Empire tried to explain this phenomenon. The matter is, that in recent years, the most striking and distinctive feature, that distinguishes a rich layer of people in China, has been gold. It was also favoured by emperors living in a luxury and wealth. No wonder, that the European market is flooded with pseudo gold jewelry, interior design items, accessories and gadgets.
As reported, “There are also rumours on some mainland Chinese technology websites about the possibility of a new gold-color iPad.”
No matter how much was said by critics about the iPhone 5S, consumers worldwide are getting a huge thumbs up.
Apple seems to focus on the Chinese market, with advertising more than 200 new positions on LinkedIn, including an environmental program manager. According to the description published by The Wall Street Journal on Friday, the company needs personnel that will “ensure that Apple’s products and processes meet and surpass regional and national environmental regulatory requirements.”
Some of job openings have appeared during the past three weeks, others were added during the last few days.
Apple is also seeking retail endeavors in China, and some positions related to its stores are also open. According to the Digitimes report, the company appears to need senior engineers in Taiwan.
Apple’s interest in China is not only connected with the spread of the company’s products in the territory of that country. Recently Tim Cook announced the desire to expand the geographical direction of Apple, first of all it concerns the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China. Open jobs in China is not only political, but also a marketing ploy.
Despite the fact, Apple is a key customer for that most Chinese manufacturers, its government is trying to protect the brands of the country from foreign competition. Thus, Apple has recently come under attack from state-run Chinese media. The company was accused of prepossession to Chinese customers over warranty policies. Moreover, the company has been accused in violating working conditions and met some pollution claims.
Many experts see such step of Tim Cook as a kind of public apology.
China is expected to become a key target for the iPhone 5C, which is supposed to be announced along with the 5S at Apple’s launch event on 10th September. By the way, Tim Cook recently met both China Telecom and China Mobile to discuss iPhone sales.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook apologized to Chinese customers for a bad warranty policy.
“Some (our customers in China) said that the Apple’s attitude (for them) is arrogant and that for us it does not matter what our customers think about our products (in China),” – said Cook. “We offer our sincere apologies due to the inconvenience that our Chinese consumers experienced. ”
In recent weeks, Apple has been criticized in the Chinese state media, including China Central Television broadcast (CCTV) for an unfair warranty policy. As you remember, those issues came mostly from a TV segment, which claimed Apple provided Chinese customers with repaired parts instead of new replacements.
On Monday, Apple posted Cook’s apology letter on its webpage, clarifying improvements in its warranty policy and new offered services. So, Apple offers Chinese consumers to replace iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, if their devices require a thorough overhaul and a one-year warranty will begin from the date of replacement.
Remind, that iPhone 5 was originally sold with such terms of service. Besides, Apple will simplify the description of the warranty service on its website and train technical support specialists its norms.
Such gesture from Apple’s chief stresses importance of China for business of the company. The figures of the Chinese market in recent years are the most successful in the financial statements of the company. For the quarter ended December 29, 2012, total revenue of Apple in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan rose by 60% to $ 7.3 billion.
China Central Television hailed its criticism on Apple, accusing it in unfair treatment with Chinese consumers. As it became clear, the company was accused in violating the warranty terms. There are some suspicious, that the flow of such negative responses to Apple came after the report of China Central Television, which is controlled by the Chinese government.
The main claims were addressed to the Apple guarantee policy, the matter is that the warranty period in China is only one year, when in the U.S. it is about two years.
Their dissatisfaction was also expressed with regards to the return of defective devices. The fact is that, when consumers in other countries in exchange for defective phones receive completely new devices, Chinese buyers get rebuilt equipments.
On Saturday, at its Chinese website Apple clarified its warranty policy, stating that by exchange of defective devices, all components are replaced with new ones, only the original back case is the same. The report also said that Apple has a 90-day warranty on repairs, while Chinese law provides for a period of 30 days.
What is the reason for such a negative reaction to the Apple? Why is the Chinese government putting pressure on the company? It turns out, that the prerequisites for such an attitude are enough. One of them, for example, constant Apple hints at the bad conditions of human labor in Chinese enterprises, which put the government in a bad light.
Well, time will show, what is the real purpose of such Chinese actions!
Tim Cook is on his second visit to China as Apple CEO this week, and during an interview with local reporters on Thursday, he confirmed that the cellular version of the iPad mini will be arriving in the nation in late January. The Wi-Fi only model arriving in China on December 7, just over a month after it launched in the United States.
The cellular iPad mini was awarded its Chinese network licenses back December, so we had a feeling its launch would be fairly close. Once those licenses are gained, Apple likes to get devices on sale pretty quickly. The iPhone 5 went on sale in China on December 14, just over two week after it gained regulatory approval.
Cook acknowledged that Apple devices take longer to arrive in China because of the time it takes for them to be approved. However, he also noted that the company is making an effort to decrease those wait times, The Next Web reports. Apple could apply for approval in advance of a device’s unveiling, of course, but it would almost certainly lead to leaked information. Read more →
Apple prepares the release of a 7-inch gadget, the so called iPad Mini, rumors claiming that it will be released this fall, probably in November. The Chinese site Apple Pro (Google translation) unveiled some photos showing the leaked back metal case of the rumored iPad Mini.
The pictures provided do not possess a whole for the rear facing-camera and it’s not likely for Apple to ditch the camera. Other rumors wonder around that the future iPad will come with 8-megapixel camera and iPhone 5C with 12-megapixel. Not to mention the iPad Mini Cases prototypes highlighted by Think iOS have also designed the rear camera among the thin design, 7-inch screen and 19 pin connector.
Due to the fact that the site has not provided genuine leaked pictures from Apple until now, we can’t guarantee for the reliability of the pictures.
Each Apple product comes to life when its box is opened and we recall such memories each time the distinctive scent of a newly unwrapped device reaches our senses.
Melbourne artists Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer and Simon McGlinn sniffed the solution that can bring to us the joy of opening a newly purchased Apple device without buying one. The three artists are members of the Greatest Hits group and with the help of Air Aroma they created Apple’s spirit in a bottle: the MacBook Pro fragrance.
The MacBook Pro fragrance is characterized by the smell of a new aluminum laptop combined with the smell of the paper box, of ink and of plastic. In order to create the accurate scent that will offer the best effects, Air Aroma sent a new unboxed Apple laptop to its fragrance lab in France, where professional perfume makers sourced various aroma samples. Multiple blends were tested in the Air Aroma laboratory until the one that was replicating the smell of the MacBook Pro coming straight from China factories was selected.
The Apple essence will be stored within the Air Aroma Aroslim diffuser and it will be diffused only at the ‘De facto Standard’ artistic exhibition of the group at West Space. Unfortunately for Apple fans, the fragrance is not meant for commercial purposes.
9to5 Mac provided a video from inside the Foxconn Company. Rob Schmitz, the reporter that made the video highlights the assembly process of an iPad gadget and goes further in the assembly line at the company’s plant in Shangai.
As described in the video, workers are kids between 18-25 years old, the majority of them being migrant ones. When first staring, employees receive $14 a day, switching positions every few days.
Rumors about the bad working conditions in Apple’s manufacturing factories from China are in the air especially since the iPhone 4S launch, when the demanding for the smartphone became overwhelming. Once with Apple’s successful holiday quarter both the selling and the manufacturing ceased no more.
Activist group SumOfUs calls in question the fact that this week, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) might reveal in a report the working conditions and techniques at Foxconn facilities in China. SumOfUs detailed what FLA aims with this report:
“The purpose of this memo is to place that forthcoming report in context, based on the history of Apple’s statements and pledges concerning these issues, the information already publicly known about labor practices in Apple’s supply chain, and the analysis of truly independent labor rights groups as to what steps Apple and Foxconn should actually be taking to address labor rights abuses.”
Due to the already reported rights violations of workers, such as lingering overtime and dangerous working conditions, and to the fact that Apple admitted the existence of some of the claims, FLA has no choice but to note that abuses of rights do occur at Foxconn.
Thus, “a critical report from the FLA will not, in and of itself, constitute proof that a new day is dawning in Apple’s supply chain. It will only be proof that the FLA and Apple are smart enough to understand that no one, at this point, is going to be fooled by a whitewash,” said SumOfUs.
All in all, the issues at Foxconn are already popular and one cannot say why exactly a FLA audit needs to mention them one more time. Either way, FLA will also bring into notice Apple and Foxconn’s promises for a better work environment and also their responsibilities. Back in 2006, the same situation occurred to Apple but the problems fount their answers; it remains uncertain whether or not Apple will show decency to its workers instead of abuses also on 2012.