iPhone SE is a hit in China (but scalpers are worried)


Scalpers will give you a discount on the iPhone SE.
Scalpers will give you a discount on the iPhone SE.
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The iPhone SE may look tiny, but it’s already become a big hit in China.

Apple’s new iPhone doesn’t hit stores until March 31st, however, pre-orders for the iPhone SE have already topped 3.4 million in China according to early estimates that show the iPhone SE will be much better received than the iPhone 5c.

FBI was ‘stunned’ by Apple’s hardened encryption of iOS


So many new updates!
iOS 8 is when the FBI got really worried about Apple encryption.
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The FBI was reportedly “stunned” when it first got to see what Apple had planned for iPhone encryption, after it received early access to iOS 8 (where Apple introduced its new, stronger iPhone encryption) so that it could examine how its evidence-gathering techniques would have to change.

Chinese couple sold 18-day old daughter for iPhone


Sorry, baby. Daddy needs an upgrade.
Photo: Tatsuo Yamashita/Flickr CC

A young man in China was found guilty of selling his 18-day old daughter in exchange for enough money to buy himself a new motorcycle and iPhone.

The 19 year-old man identified as ‘A Duan’ by local Chinese media reportedly found a buyer for his newborn through the popular messaging app QQ and negotiated the entire deal without the consent of the child’s biological mother.

Apple Pay only makes half as much per transaction in China


Apple Pay is awesome, but where do they accept it?
Apple blinked first in negotiations.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple Pay may have finally launched in China, but it seems that Apple flinched first in its negotiations with Chinese banks over their adoption of the service.

At least, that’s according to a new report — citing “people with knowledge of the matter” — which claims that Apple will only earn about half of what it does in the U.S. for every Apple Pay transaction in China.