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Topic: Japan

Foxconn recruiter says next-gen iPhone arriving in June - rumor

04/02/2012, 09:04 pm

A Japanese-language TV program has recorded a Foxconn recruiter in Taiyuan, China as saying that Apple will release its next-generation iPhone in June.


Users say Siri struggles in Japanese debut

03/12/2012, 10:03 pm

Apple added Japanese language support to Siri last week with the release of iOS 5.1, but some Japanese speakers are having trouble being understood by the voice assistant.


iPhone tops smartphone sales in Japan for the first time

03/09/2012, 04:03 pm

During the winter quarter, Apple's iPhone topped smartphone sales in Japan for the first time, with 26.6 percent market share.


Siri itself confirms Japanese support coming soon to Apple's iPhone 4S

02/14/2012, 10:02 pm

Apple's Siri virtual assistant for the iPhone 4S claims it can already speak Japanese, despite the fact that the language is not yet enabled in the feature's settings.


New Sony CEO looking to shift to Apple-like integration of hardware, software [u]

02/02/2012, 01:02 am

Kazuo Hirai, Sony's newly-announced President and CEO, has ambitious plans for the consumer electronics giant that entail strategies that are often strongly associated with Apple: centralized top-down decision-making on products and a focus on software and service combined with hardware.


Apple's restrictive pre-installed software policy halts NTT DoCoMo iPhone deal

11/15/2011, 07:11 pm

Apple's policy that prevents partners from pre-installing software on the iPhone has stalled a possible partnership with Japan's largest wireless operator NTT DoCoMo.


iPad sales cannibalizing Macs, but record sales offset problem

10/18/2011, 06:10 pm

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook admitted that iPad sales have likely eaten up some sales of Macs, but noted record new levels of Macs sold globally and added that a "materially larger number are buying iPads over [generic] PCs."


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.