Made in China: These apps are killing it on iPhone

Everywhere you look in China, young people are tapping away at apps.
Everywhere you look in China, young people are tapping away at apps.
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Made_in_china_bugMainland China is Apple’s second biggest market, and will one day be its first. The company is making a big push on the mainland, opening new stores and investing in home-grown companies. Why the interest? Because China is the new Japan — it’s where the future is happening. All this week we take a look at the cutting-edge apps that define mobile life on the mainland.

SHANGHAI CITY, China — Just like their U.S. counterparts, Chinese youth obsess over their smartphones. But while the phones they use look the same, the apps are quite different: China has its own must-have apps that keep users’ eyes glued to screens at all hours of the day.

Some Chinese apps seem quite similar to their Western counterparts, but others boast innovative and intriguing features. Apple’s clearly interested: While slowing growth in China put a dent in APPL stock, Cupertino recently made a strategic $1 billion investment in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing.

What other apps in China might grab Apple’s attention? Tim Cook could start his due diligence with this list of powerhouse Chinese iPhone apps. The country’s young people use these apps to listen to music, make purchases, get around town, interact with others and maintain their online identities.

These Chinese apps are impressive and convenient, and they are showing us the future of mobile: a world where everything is at our fingertips.

This week’s hottest deals on iPad Pro, Apple accessories, more

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These deals are hot, hot, hot!
These deals are hot, hot, hot!
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One of Apple’s hottest products — the powerful new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which Cult of Mac called the most important iPad since the original — is already selling at a discount.

We’ve got the scoop on that sale — plus sweet deals on other great gear, including refurbished MacBooks and spiffy Apple accessories — in this roundup of the best Apple deals you’ll find online this week.

Save over $200 on a refurbished iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

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Here’s another great deal on Apple gear, with $229 off a 16, 64, or 128 gigabyte iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. You can still buy the last-generation handset over at Apple, but only in the 16 or 64 gigabyte configurations, so if you’re looking for a high-capacity iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, this is your day.

These iPhone models are still fantastic, and this deal is kind of amazing, especially if you pay up front for your iPhones these days to save a bit of money in the long run.

Groupon bundles offer best deal yet on Apple Watch

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Get an Apple Watch Sport plus a bunch of free accessories.
Get an Apple Watch Sport plus a bunch of free accessories.
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Looking to pick up an Apple Watch but don’t want to spend extra on watch bands or a charging stand?

Groupon has your dream bundle, then, with a Sport edition of Apple’s famous wearable, along with third-party knockoffs of the Milanese Loop and leather strap and a charging stand all for the price of the actual Apple Watch.