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Tim Cook talks China's influence on product design in new interview

China plays an increasingly important part in Apple's business decisions, including in some product design elements, according to a new interview with Tim Cook.

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EE lights up 4G LTE roaming in China

UK mobile operator EE has become the first British network to offer 4G LTE roaming coverage in mainland China.

The carrier's list of 4G roaming countries has not yet been updated to reflect the change, however we've been seeing solid LTE coverage through China Unicom on our EE SIMs in the Beijing area in recent days. Unicom operates FDD-LTE — the flavor of 4G used by most Western networks — on Band 3, which also happens to be EE's main LTE band at home. Its main rivals, China Mobile and China Telecom, only use TDD-LTE frequencies — these are incompatible with most European phones besides the iPhone 6. So naturally, the Unicom pair-up makes most sense for a Euro network like EE.

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Tim Cook 'very bullish' on bringing Apple Pay to China, talks with Alibaba and UnionPay underway

Tim Cook, who is currently in China to promote Apple's environmental initiatives in the country, shared details on plans to launch Apple Pay in the region.

Apple is currently negotiating with banks like UnionPay in the country as well as Alibaba, the largest e-commerce portal in China.

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IDC says China smartphone market growth contracted for the first time in six years

Smartphone growth in China has contracted for the first time in six years, according to latest figures from market research firm IDC.

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iPhone 6, 6 Plus drive sales of iOS devices in China to an all-time high

iOS devices saw record sales in China in early 2015, particularly the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple captured 27.6% of the Chinese smartphone market, thanks primarily to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

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iPhone trade-in program reported to launch in China, Foxconn to buy and resell used devices

The program in China will reportedly involve Apple selling traded-in iPhones directly to Foxconn, who will then refurbish and resell the devices via its own channels.

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Chinese government removes Apple and other U.S. vendors from state purchases list

The Chinese government has removed Apple along with other prominent U.S. technology vendors from its state purchase lists in favor of local vendors. According to Reuters, the change comes on the heels of cybersecurity concerns, with Chinese government officials reported to be wary of surveillance from Western government agencies.

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Apple reportedly struggling to bring Apple Pay to China

Apple has reportedly run into a few roadblocks in its efforts to bring Apple Pay to China. The company has been in negotiations to bring the payment system over, but they are apparently facing delays due to resistance from regulators and UnionPay, China's credit and debit card system operator.

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The keys to Apple's to success in China: People, stores, and partnerships

Apple's been making great strides in China, and CEO Tim Cook today elaborated on how. China's been long regarded as a market that should have been challenging for Apple, but the explosive growth seen by Apple in the last quarter was fueled in part by the anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but also by massive growth in China.

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Apple crowned China's most desirable brand, releases video for Chinese New Year

Apple is a growing brand in China, having enjoyed recent success with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now, China-based luxury publishing group Hurun Research has released a report, concluding that Apple – as a brand – is more attractive to Chinese consumers, taking top spots for best luxurious gifts. According to the report:

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