China goes wild during Tim Cook’s week-long Apple Store tour

Tim Cook and Apple might be moving into San Francisco.
Tim Cook and Apple might be moving into San Francisco.
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Tim Cook just finished a week-long tour of China, complete with stops at new Apple Stores across the country, as well as a visit to the elementary school at Communication University of China, and a meeting with China’s Vice Premier.

Cook created a Weibo account earlier this week to announce Apple’s new green initiatives in China, but the Apple CEO didn’t stop there. Rather than posting to Twitter, Cook stayed active on the Chinese microblogging all week, posting his interactions with customers and colleagues. In just five days, Tim has amassed over half a million Weibo followers (he’s got 1.3 million on Twitter) by keeping Chinese fans updated with seven posts during the trip.

Take a look at Tim’s awesome Weibo travelogue:

Stolen iPhone leads blogger to China, stardom and unlikely bromance


Brother Orange is huge in China. Photo: Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed
Brother Orange is huge in China. Photo: Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera had his iPhone stolen last February from his favorite bar in New York City. Like most of us, he was upset, but not overly so. Matt got a new phone and went about his life.

A year later, odd pictures of a Chinese man standing in front of an orange tree started appearing on his new iPhone, via iCloud.

Unlike most of us, Matt is a blogger on Buzzfeed. He wrote up a quick post on the site about the photos appearing on his iOS device, and got some attention for it. What happened next is nothing short of amazing.

You’ll be able to get your hands on iPhone 6 ‘between 16-19 September’


This happy chap could be you roughly 24 days from now.

September 9 seems all but officially confirmed as the date when Apple will unveil its eagerly-anticipated iPhone 6, but when can users expect to get their hands on Apple’s next generation handset?

According to a new report coming out of China — from PCinLife, the country’s top IT portal — Apple’s new flagship phone will be available in stores between the 16th and 19th of September. This tallies with another earlier rumor from May, in which a German retailer stated that the iPhone 6 would hit the market on September 19: suggesting that this date may be the global date.

Crystal Baller: Leaked iPhone 6 parts and other ridiculous Apple rumors


This week's top Apple rumors

Step up to the ball to see which these rumors are hot and which are not...

Is this the iPhone 6's backlight panel?

The Rumor: Images of an alleged backlight panel for the iPhone 6 leaked on Weibo yesterday with the user behind them claiming they're for a 4.7-inch device.

The Verdict: The panels don't offer new clues about design changes coming to the iPhone 6, but they do match the structure and design of the iPhone 5s/5c back light panels. Considering all the other recent leaks coming out of Weibo, it's very possible this the real deal.

Seoul, start your photocopiers

The Rumor: Samsung is hard at work trying to copy Apple's Sapphire glass display on the unannounced iPhone 6.

The Verdict: This is an early nominee for least surprising rumor of the year ETNews cites industry sources with inside knowledge on Samsung's meetings with manufactures, but we could've called it as soon we saw the Gold S5 with a fingerprint scanner. Or their Smart Case. Or their Chromebox. Or... you get the point.

The Apple Store is getting a facelift?

The Rumor: Angela Ahrendts is only three weeks into her reign at Apple but rumors claim she's already outlined a plan that will completely revamp the end-to-end Apple Store experience.

The Verdict: The shift from computers to wearables is the perfect time for the ex-Burberry CEO to shake things up at Apple's glass and aluminum shrines, I just hope she gets rid of the annoying musical chairs-style support at the Genius Bar while she's at it.

The NFC rumors won't die

The Rumor: Chase Morgan analyst Craig Hettenbach says NFC is finally coming to the iPhone 6 because Apple needs a backbone for its rumored mobile payments service.

The Verdict: Craig obviously didn't read my inaugural Crystal Baller post or he'd know the "possible licensing deals" and "patent filings" he cited in his report as evidence are about as worthless at predicting Apple's future as consulting a flea market gypsy with a magical third nipple. It's all about the iBeacons.

Jimmy Iovine will be Apple's video man

The Rumor: Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson says the Apple-Beats deal is all about video, with Tim Cook  planning to tap Iovine to run Apple's content empire and secure deals for a new Apple TV.

The Verdict: Isaacson has pounding the "Jobs cracked the TV" drum for the past three years without a single wisp of an update coming from Cupertino.  Apple doesn't need Iovine for hardware, but with talks of negotiations with studios dragging back to 2012, Iovine's connections could be just what it needs to finally take off, if they don't cancel the deal entirely.

We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.