Tim Cook reiterated the importance of the Chinese market on the last day of his trip to China, saying that Apple wants everything they do to work in the country. This includes Apple Pay. While Apple is in the process of figuring out how the payment system will work in China, Cook said that they need to understand completely what needs to happen to actually get the payment system to work in the country, according to Xinhuanet:
Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the company plans to open up 25 retail stores in China within the next two years. According to an interview transcript published on Chinese web portal Sina, Apple is looking to expand on its 15 outlets currently located in the country. Cook also recently visited a Foxconn factory in China.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to talk security of user information. The meeting comes two days after an attack on the iCloud website in China was reported. Whether or not the attack was specifically on the table is unknown, but it is likely.
iCloud.com seems to have been added to a group of websites and services, including Yahoo and Gmail, under attack in China. A new report indicates that users attempting to log in to iCloud.com from an insecure browser that trusts China's Certification Authority are having their credentials captured. Users visiting through more secure browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox will be presented with a warning when they navigate to the site.
Earlier this month, Tencent revealed that pre-orders in China for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were in excess of 4 million, and today the publication has posted revised numbers which see total pre-orders at 20 million, five times more than what was initially quoted.
It was only yesterday when we reported that pre-orders for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plusreached 2 million in China, but today Chinese media outlets have refreshed reports with new figures. According to Tencent, reservations for the new smartphones have hit 4 million:
Chinese news sources have reported that retailers and local carriers have surpassed 2 million pre-orders in just 6 hours since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were made available at respective stores. Apple isn't going live with its own pre-order system until October 10 (launching the new smartphones on October 17), but that hasn't halted millions of excited fans reserving their chosen configurations at participating retailers.