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Topic: Japan

KDDI to break up Softbank iPhone exclusivity in Japan in 2012

09/22/2011, 01:09 am

Japanese carrier KDDI will break up rival Softbank's exclusive hold on Apple's iPhone in the country early next year, when it will reportedly begin selling the iPhone 5.


Apple's legal effort to bar Samsung tablets, smartphones extends to Japan

09/08/2011, 08:09 am

Apple's legal challenges against Samsung, which have succeeded in barring sales of its Galaxy Tab and Galaxy smartphones in some countries, have extended to Japan with another lawsuit.


Continuing supply struggles from Japan force Apple to diversify

05/19/2011, 09:05 am

Apple has been forced to turn to alternative suppliers after at least one component maker in Japan has been unable to meet demand following the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.


Apple's iPad 2 launch in Asia draws long lines

04/29/2011, 03:04 am

The rollout of Apple's iPad 2 in Asia drew thousands of interested customers looking to be among the first to officially purchase the touchscreen tablet in their countries.


Apple to sell iPad 2 in Japan, Hong Kong, 10 other countries this week [u]

04/27/2011, 08:04 am

Apple on Wednesday officially announced that the iPad 2 will debut in Japan, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and UAE this week [updated].


Disaster in Japan hasn't greatly affected Apple's supplies, COO says

04/20/2011, 06:04 pm

Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan did not have a material impact on the supply or availability of components for Apple's iPad 2 or other products last quarter, and he also does not expect the situation to affect the company in the near future.


Supply issues persist for Apple weeks after disaster in Japan

04/20/2011, 11:04 am

More than a month after a deadly earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, the longterm effects on Apple's supply chain are becoming clearer, with report characterizing them as "significantly damaged."


Apple reportedly absorbing increased costs from supply disruption in Japan

03/31/2011, 01:03 am

A new report out of the Far East alleges that Apple has agreed to absorb increased costs for upstream Japanese components in order to prevent shipping delays of the iPad 2.


Founder of Japan's Softbank to offer free iPhones, pay bills of orphans

03/30/2011, 06:03 pm

Softbank founder and chief executive Masayoshi Son has rushed to help feed and shelter dislocated victims of the Japanese quake, pledging to replace iPhones and cover the mobile bills of the disaster's orphans.


Japan disaster causes shortage of lithium ion batteries for Apple

03/28/2011, 01:03 pm

The earthquake and tsunami disaster has caused a Japanese chemical maker to shut down, resulting in constraints in the supply of lithium ion batteries for Apple's portable devices.


Japan disaster hasn't 'meaningfully impacted' Apple's iPad 2 supply

03/25/2011, 08:03 am

Despite initial concerns that the earthquake in Japan might result in a shortage of components for devices like Apple's iPad 2, a new report says the impact so far has only been "modest" at worst.


Apple may agree to component price hikes to secure touch panel supply

03/23/2011, 08:03 am

Apple could agree to pay more for touch panel components from overseas suppliers to secure supply in the face of the Japan earthquake, according to a new report.


Apple delays launch of iPad 2 in Japan in wake of earthquake disaster

03/15/2011, 01:03 pm

Though Japan was originally scheduled to be one of a number of countries where the iPad 2 will launch next week, Apple announced on Wednesday that it has delayed the launch while the country works to recover from the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster.


Japan Apple Stores serve as rallying point after massive quake

03/14/2011, 10:03 pm

Crowds have flocked to the Apple Stores in Japan in order to stay connected after last week's devastating earthquake, according to e-mails reportedly from an Apple retail store manager in Japan.


Japanese publishers censure Apple over App Store copyright violations

12/14/2010, 12:12 am

A consortium of Japanese publishers rebuked Apple on Tuesday for approving App Store apps that violate the copyrights of several famous Japanese authors.


Softbank to offer fully subsidized iPad in Japan with 25-month contract

11/30/2010, 02:11 am

Japanese carrier Softbank will begin offering the 16GB iPad 3G for free when customers sign up for a 25 month, $56 a month contract, a new report claims.


iPhone 4 Retina Display matched by upcoming Sharp smartphone

10/04/2010, 08:10 pm

Sharp has challenged Apple's smartphone display reign by announcing an Android smartphone with the same resolution and dimensions as the iPhone 4's Retina Display.


Apple must publicize iPod nano fix in Japan, iPhone 4 to access DoCoMo

08/06/2010, 09:08 am

Apple has been ordered to inform customers in Japan how to receive a replacement battery for iPod nanos that can catch fire, while a wireless provider has taken steps to allow unlocked iPhone 4 devices on the DoCoMo network.


Inside Apple's iOS 4: new feature parity with Snow Leopard

06/18/2010, 12:06 am

Apple's iOS 4 features the biggest foundational leap for developers since the company first opened up iPhone OS 2.0 to development, now catching up to the core features of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.


iPad 3G is SIM-locked to Softbank Mobile network in Japan

05/10/2010, 09:05 am

Despite Apple's claims that the iPad would ship unlocked, allowing owners of the 3G model to access any compatible wireless data network they might choose, the device is locked to carrier Softbank Mobile in Japan.