While Apple's shipments in the Japanese smartphone market dipped 10.5 percent year-over-year in the December quarter, the iPhone still enjoys overwhelming popularity there, according to new research data.
Nintendo's "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp" — once a highly-anticipated iOS and Android game — only recently surpassed $50 million in global player spending, making it the slowest of Nintendo's smartphone games to do so.
The Japanese government has opened an investigation into whether Apple engaged in anti-competitive behavior when it applied pressure to prevent publishers from working with Yahoo Japan's Games Plus platform.
Apple is pledging assistance to its Japanese customers affected by heavy rainfall in July, by announcing it will be providing repairs of iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other hardware directly damaged by the natural disaster at no charge.
Apple has come under fire from Japan's Fair Trade Commission for agreements it made with the country's carriers, concluding the company may have breached antitrust rules by forcing mobile networks to subsidize the cost of the iPhone to consumers, causing firms to charge higher monthly fees.
A months-old iPhone X bug is causing error messages and system failures when owners attempt to employ Apple Pay's NFC functionality at transit terminals in Japan, an especially troublesome situation for users of the popular Suica platform, prompting some to seek replacement hardware.
Over the past year, the weakening U.S. dollar has created an increasingly favorable currency exchange environment boosting the value of Apple's foreign revenues as stated in dollars. That will have a significant impact on the company's quarterly earnings reported tomorrow.
As hand wringing over the $999-and-up pricing of the iPhone X continues, analysts at Kantar Worldpanel see the premium-priced handset as a wise move for Apple, after tracking marketshare gains for iOS in a number of key markets across the globe.
In what could be Apple's largest single outside investment since its acquisition of Beats, the company is supposedly in discussions to put up around $3 billion toward Bain Capital's bid for Toshiba's memory chip business.
A new report claims Toshiba will sell its memory chip business to a consortium led by technology partner Western Digital, potentially ending a contentious months-long search for a buyer that included candidates Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn.