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Apple is edging ever closer to reaching its target of operating 40 retail stores in China by the middle of 2016, by launching the 33rd store in the country later this month. A new announcement advises an Apple Store is being opened at 10am local time on Saturday, January 30, at a large MixC shopping mall located in Qingdao, Shandong province, and would become the first store opened by the company in the major east coast industrial center.
A fire at a Chinese factory used to manufacture iPhones has resulted in no injuries and has not affected production, according to a report. The Foxconn facility, located at Zhengzhou in Henan province, had to deal with a small fire on on the roof on Sunday night, though the manufacturer claims no employees were harmed by the incident and it was extinguished before it could affect any of the production lines underneath and nearby.
After a comparison of various flagship smartphones, performance benchmark company Antutu has found that the iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) is the best-performing device on the market, despite having much less RAM and a lower-clocked dual processor compared to many rivals' use of theoretically faster and/or multicore chips. This is the first year that Antutu was able to add Apple to its rankings, thanks to the completion of a cross-platform benchmark tool that works with iOS. The 6s handily beat both of Samsung's flagship phones, along with other rivals from Huawei, HTC, and Google itself.
In addition to the recently-reported opening of the 30th Apple retail store in the combined mainland China and Hong Kong regions, the company has now announced two more stores that will open this month. The Shenyang store previously reported on will open on Thursday, January 14 at 10AM local time, with the 31st being a second store for the city of Nanjing at the IST Mall in the Xuanwu District, which will debut on Saturday, January 16. A 32nd store will be the first to come to the city of Guangzhou at the Parc Central shopping area in the Tianhe District.
Hot on the heels of Saturday's opening of a 29th store in Shenyang, the company has now announced that it will open a 30th store on January 14. The new store, the first in the coastal city of Xiamen, will have normal operating hours of 10AM to 10PM local time, seven days a week. It will be located in the SM Lifestyle Center mall.
Countries that celebrate the lunar new year (which begins on February 8 this year) will see specially-designed editions of Apple's Watch Sport and Beats Solo2 headphones as part of the company's annual observation of the major shopping holiday. Buyers in mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia will be able to get the limited-edition items, which are also tied in with the Global Fund's PRODUCT (Red) campaign, meaning some proceeds will go to fight AIDS, HIV, and malaria in Africa and other countries.
Including Hong Kong in the total, Apple's 29th Apple Store in "greater China" is set to open on Saturday, January 9 with a second Shenyang store at the MixC mall there. The new store, which will open at 10AM, will feature normal store hours of 10AM to 9:30PM local time seven days a week. Apple has been building and opening stores in China rapidly for the past year, as part of a retail initiative in Apple's fastest-growing market that hopes to see 40 stores opened by the middle of this year.
A new follow-up to the Beatles: 1 collection, originally launched in 2000, has now appeared exclusively on the iTunes Store. The new 1+ collection consists entirely of promotional films and music videos for 50 of the Beatles' hit singles, often filmed for cinemas in Europe and other reasons after the band stopped touring. The $27 download collection includes videos for the 27 number-one hit singles for the band, along with 23 other films, including some alternate versions.
TSMC is planning to construct a new processor manufacturing facility in China, one that is estimated to be worth around $3 billion to construct. At the same time, rumors are circulating that Apple may end up having a considerable order from Apple in the near future, with a report suggesting Apple may simply hand complete control of its processor manufacturing over to TSMC, starting from the A10 processor expected to ship next year in a future iPhone.
Apple is reportedly close to securing a deal with a Chinese card payment processor, which will help it launch Apple Pay across China. It is claimed Apple has reached a preliminary agreement with UnionPay, allowing Apple Pay to function through more than 5 million NFC-equipped point-of-sale terminals in the country, simplifying the rollout of the service and giving Apple a considerable head start for its expected February launch.