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Apple making gains in China even before China Mobile deal

Tim Cook has predicted that, eventually, China would become Apple's largest market. So far so good. According to a study by Counterpoint, which is referenced in this post by Marketwatch, Apple’s share of the smartphone market in China rose to 12% in October. This is up from only 3% in September, which is an incredible increase.

Based on the pace of growth of iPhone sales in China Counterpoint said:

This might allow Apple to even reach the No. 1 smartphone player in December or January in China.

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Which iPhone was the most ground-breaking?

Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. Those were the words spoken as Steve Jobs hit the stage and introduced the very first iPhone to the world after having spent two and a half years working on the device. Looking back at that keynote, I'm not so sure everyone at that time felt the same way about it but if they didn't then, the chances are good that they do now.

The iPhone as a product has arguably gone on to reshape not only the smartphone industry but the wireless industry as a whole and while the very first iPhone takes much of that credit for a lot of people, a recent thread in the iMore Forums asks which iPhone do you think broke the most ground for Apple? Was it really the very first iPhone that took it mainstream popularity or was it another iteration?

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iMore show 379 LIVE! 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 9pm GMT. Be here!

The iMore show is back! Join me, Peter, Richard, and Ally as we talk all about the week in Apple. Have a question you want answered? Join us live in the chatroom or leave a comment below!

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Do you regret getting a gold iPhone 5s?

Ahh, the gold iPhone 5s. We knew it was coming thanks to the many leaks ahead of its official announcement and while many folks had to have it from the get go, there was just as many folks out there who thought it was just a little too much. At launch, they ended up being only available in a pretty limited supply and a few folks went to some extremes to get their hands on one. 

Here we are now, a few months after release and Apple has since ramped up production on the devices and there is an increasing amount of them available making it easier for those who want one to get their hands on one.

But what about those of you out there who got one from the start? As asked in the iMore Forums, does anyone actually regret picking up a gold iPhone 5s? Looking back, would you have rather picked the space grey or silver options?​

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Weekly Photo Contest: Let it snow!

For a lot of us around the world, snow has started to come down and the holiday season is just around the corner. While cold weather isn't always fun and requires a lot of layers in order to keep warm, it can be beautiful. Your task this week is to get out there and capture it. Whether it's sledding with your children, looking out the window with your favorite animal friend, or any other kind of snow related activity.

The contest begins today and ends Tuesday, December 17th at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

It's also time to announce the winner of our last photo contest! And the winner is..

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TouchPad and NumPad apps find new home at BitBQ

TouchPad and NumPad, two of Edovia's best known iOS apps, have been acquired by BitBQ. Luc Vandal explains his reason for selling on the Edovia blog:

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The winner of the iMore app comment contest is...

Who won the $500 gift certificate in the iMore 3.0 app comment contest? Find out now!

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What is your favorite feature in iOS 7?

Although it might seem as though we've talked iOS 7 to death around here, there's still plenty of folks out there that are continuously discovering new features within Apple's latest and greatest. With over 200 new features, big and small, there's plenty to discover so that's entirely understandable. Previously, we asked what folks didn't like about iOS 7 but this time around we want to know what's you favorite feature in iOS?

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Apple honors Nelson Mandela

Apple's home page has been updated with a tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier this week. One of the greatest leaders of our era, Mandela went from political prisoner to head of state during the course of his lifetime. Through the sheer power of his will and heart, he saw his country out of the dark ages, and held it together when it could so very easily have collapsed into chaos and calamity. He challenged his people to be and do better.

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Is having an Apple TV enough to cancel cable or satellite TV?

Over the past few years now there has been an ongoing rumor that Apple may be looking into getting into the TV business and with that there's been the obvious rumors of dealings with content companies and cable providers. That said though, there has been an increasing amount of cord cutting happening as well these days wherein people are killing off their cable and satellite packages and just simply going with broadband-only connections and getting all of their content online.

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