Apple is on the verge of being China’s number one smartphone maker

Chinese interest in Apple is at a boiling point. Photo: Apple
Chinese interest in Apple is at a boiling point. Photo: Apple

Apple is closing in on becoming the number one smartphone company in China, according to new figures released by Strategy Analytics.

Although Apple ripoff Xiaomi remains in the number one position — thanks to its strategy of selling low-cost devices — analysts note that the company’s momentum is starting to slow down, while Apple’s just keeps on building!

Samsung, by comparison, fell to an embarrassing fourth place after Huawei.

China overtakes U.S. for iOS app downloads

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App Annie
China is now beating the United States on iOS downloads. Photo: App Annie

 

Tim Cook has been staunchly outspoken in his belief that it’s only a matter of time before China overtakes the U.S. as Apple’s biggest customer.

According to a new report from app analytics company App Annie, that benchmark has now been passed when it comes to app downloads — with China leading the way in the first quarter of 2015.

But which country is winning in the all-important revenue generating category?

Users in China are going to have to wait for Apple Pay

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Is 2015 really the year of Apple Pay?
Tim Cook's going to have to keep on waiting for Apple Pay to show up in China. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Tim Cook has described making Apple Pay available in China “top of the list” in terms of his priorities. Sadly, it seems he’s going to have to wait a bit longer until that dream becomes a reality.

That’s because, despite beginning conversations with China’s eight major banks last year, Apple’s discussions have apparently not gone well — as Chinese banks have been reticent about letting the Cupertino company eat into their existing profits.

China’s newest Apple Store will open just in time for Apple Watch

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Why visit the Apple Store when you can get stuff deliver same day?
Apple's existing Westlake Store in Hangzhou, China. Photo: Foster + Partners
Photo: Apple

April 24 isn’t just about the Apple Watch. If you live in China, it’s also the day on which the second brick-and-mortar Apple Store opens in Hangzhou — following hot on the heels of the recently-opened gorgeous West Lake store in the city’s Shangcheng District.

The new store is located in the city’s Jianggan District, in a MixC mall that is also home to a number of high-end brand stores and upmarket eateries.