China blocks LTE on Apple Watch Series 3

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New customers cannot sign up due to security concerns.
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Apple fans in China who coughed up more cash for an Apple Watch with LTE almost certainly regret that decision today. The government has reportedly blocked the feature after brief availability with one carrier due to security concerns.

Qualcomm demands iPhone ban in China

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Qualcomm wants China to stop making iPhones.
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Apple’s bitter legal feud with Qualcomm is being taken to an all-new level over in China.

The San Diego-based chip company has filed a lawsuit with a Beijing intellectual property court demanding all sales and production of the iPhone to be banned.

Apple and other tech giants battle Chinese intellectual property theft

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Apple has faced challenges growing its brand in China.
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Chinese companies copying Silicon Valley tech giants, and thereby infringing on intellectual property rights, is something that has been an issue for years.

It seems that U.S. tech companies are striking back, however, with a trade group that represents companies including Apple, Google, and IBM speaking out against Chinese regulators at an International Trade Commission hearing this week.

OnePlus is dominating Apple in key emerging markets

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iPhone's high price tag puts it out of reach.
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Smartphone sales are exploding in emerging markets like China and India. Apple has been trying to take advantage of that for years, and it insists it is succeeding. But in reality, other manufacturers are dominating the premium smartphone segment.

According to the latest data, OnePlus handsets accounted for 57 percent of all premium handsets sold in India during the second quarter of 2017.

‘Poisoning’ mobile game blinds Chinese woman

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The game has been described as "electronic heroin."
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A Chinese woman has gone blind in one eye after playing a hugely addictive mobile game. The 21-year-old suffered retinal artery occlusion caused by severe eye strain after playing the online battle game for up to eight hours without taking a break.

Another iPhone 8 Plus swollen battery incident reported in China

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Around 7 reports of iPhone 8 Plus handsets with swollen batteries have now been reported.
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Another iPhone 8 Plus handset with an allegedly swollen battery has been discovered in China, following multiple reports of similar instances.

Chinese state media is reporting that an iPhone buyer named Liu received a newly purchased iPhone 8 Plus in the mail, which arrived cracked open on October 5. The iPhone reportedly had no signs of scorching or an explosion, and Liu says he did not charge the handset.

Apple investigating iPhone 8 Plus which burst open while charging

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Issue could be related to a possible battery fault.
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Apple has confirmed that it is investigating reports of two iPhone 8 Plus handsets which reportedly burst open — one while being charged, and the other while out for delivery to its buyer.

Apple told the U.K.’s Independent newspaper that it was “looking into” these incidents, but declined further comment.

High price of iPhone X could hurt it in China

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The iPhone X isn't going to be a guaranteed smash hit in China.
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The iPhone X is all but guaranteed to carry Apple’s biggest ever iPhone price tag, and that could severely damage its chances of success in China, a new report claims.

With the rumored $1,000 asking price being roughly twice the average Chinese monthly salary, it is likely that the price will see the iPhone’s Chinese market share continue its decline.

Here’s how you mod a headphone jack into iPhone 7

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The best but most difficult iPhone mod to date.
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Apple won’t be bringing the headphone jack back to iPhone, so if it’s a feature you’re not prepared to lose anytime soon, you’re stuck with the iPhone 6s. Or are you?

One man, who recently built his own iPhone from scratch using components sourced in a Chinese tech market, has figured out a way to install a headphone jack in the iPhone 7. It’s the ultimate mod for music lovers.

China will get a new Apple store in time for iPhone 8

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Apple's newest Apple store location.
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Apple has announced that it will open its latest China Apple store just in time for this year’s iPhone 8 release.

The new store will be located in Ningbo, a sub-provincial city in northeast Zhejiang. The space that Apple has picked out is in Tianyi Square, a giant retail area covering a massive 350,000 square meters. Tianyi Square has won awards for its design, which makes it the perfect location for design-fixated Apple.