Much the same as before the iPhone 5s launch last month, Apple is taking reservations for the new iPad Air beginning October 30 in Hong Kong and China. According to listings on both Apple China and Apple Hong Kong, reservations will begin at 8am local time, for in-store pickup on launch day, November 1.
Apple isn't taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5s – at least not anywhere local to anyone at iMore – but today sees the process getting underway in China. And by all accounts, it seems to be going pretty well. As MacRumors points out, however limited supplies might be, multiple sell outs are being seen already:
We learned during yesterday's iPhone event at Apple HQ that for the first time the new iPhone would be landing in China on launch day. Apple has thrown a separate event in Beijing this morning to officially launch the iPhone 5s and 5c there, and according to the Wall Street Journal, regulators have signed off on a license to run the iPhone on China Mobile:
The iPhone 5s and 5C will be launching on September 20 across many countries worldwide, but possibly most important of all is a launch in China alongside everybody else. Japan and Singapore will also have the two devices.
All eyes are on Apple ahead of a special event scheduled for Tuesday morning at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. where the company is expected to unveil at least one, if not two, new iPhone models. And Apple is preparing to ship the still unannounced iPhone 5c to China's biggest mobile company, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Apple's smartphone marketshare in the burgeoning Chinese market is dropping precipitously, and to bolster its position the company needs to strike a deal with China's largest carrier, China Mobile. The only problem is that Apple needs China Mobile a lot more than China Mobile needs Apple, according to Bloomberg.
Remember all those trips Tim Cook made to China recently? Seems we'll be finding out why soon enough, as reports are surfacing from China that Apple has sent out a second invite to members of the press there, and will be hosting an event in Beijing on September 11. The invite is the same as the one for the main U.S. event, which leads us to believe whatever is announced in Cupertino the day before will be headed China's way.
As speculated just yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly held meetings with the head of the worlds largest carrier, China Mobile. China is a huge market for Apple despite declining sales, but as yet China Mobile customers do not have any direct route to the iPhone via the carrier. According to Reuters, this was definitely a matter on the table:
Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly made another visit to China, with iPhone the topic of conversation with the nations carriers. Cook's third known trip to China has reportedly taken him to see China Telecom, China Unicom, and perhaps even the worlds largest carrier, China Mobile. From iFeng.com (translated):
China Labor Watch alleges that Pegatron, a Chinese electronics manufacturer whose lengthy client list includes Apple, has been abusing its employees with poor working and living conditions. Predictably, the mainstream and tech media alike has linked these allegations to Apple. Now Apple has responded with a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal.