Apple beware: Chinese phones are taking over the world


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iPhone shipments fell last quarter.
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For the second quarter in a row, Chinese smartphone makers produced more phones than market leaders Apple and Samsung, according to a new Q3 shipment volume report from global market research firm Trendforce.

Apple saw its iPhone volume production fall 5.3 percent from the three months previous, while Samsung registered minor growth of 1.3 percent. Chinese smartphone makers on the other hand? A quarterly increase of 18 percent.

This doesn’t quite tell the whole story, though.

Apple will open a second R&D center in China next year


Apple is upping its focus on China.
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Apple has announced plans for its second R&D center in China, located in the country’s manufacturing hub Shenzhen. The 2017 opening will help Apple further grow its market in the world’s second largest economy as it challenges local competition.

“We are excited to be opening a new Research and Development center here next year so our engineering team can work even more closely and collaboratively with our manufacturing partners,” Apple spokesperson Josh Rosenstock said.

Apple joins board of ‘Chinese Uber’


Didi Chuxing is China's answer to Uber, but is much bigger. Apple just made a $1 billion 'strategic' investment in the company.
Apple's "strategic" investment is paying off.
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Apple has scored a seat on the board of Didi Chuxing, the Chinese Uber rival that Apple invested $1 billion in earlier this year.

Although Didi Chuxing denied it at the time, regulatory filings show that Apple took the board position in late June, one month after it made its generous investment — designed to aid Apple’s continued push into China and interest in shaking up the automotive industry.

Apple Pay is coming to Taiwan soon


Apple Pay is awesome, but where do they accept it?
Apple has a new Apple Pay market in its sights.
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Before it arrived in China earlier this year, Tim Cook called launching Apple Pay for the Chinese market “top of the list” in terms of Apple’s priorities.

Coming up to a year later, it now appears that Apple’s mobile payment service is also set to launch in Taiwan — at least according to a new report.