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China Telecom advertises intent to sell iPhone 6 supporting all networks with curious set of renders

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If you thought things were messy with U.S. networks, Verizon and Sprint using CMDA and AT&T and T-Mobile using GSM, things are even worse in China – with WCDMA, CDMA2000, CDMA1X, GSM, TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE all in use by different carriers in different combinations.

The iPhone 6 may be about to make life a whole lot easier, though, with Sina (via ZDNet) reporting that the model sold by China Telecom at least will support all of the wireless networks in use in the country, based on a Weibo post by the carrier. Admittedly the image used in the Weibo above looks a little different than the general consensus we’ve seen before – they were created by Tomas Moyano and Nicolàs Aichino, and China Telecom likely downloaded them from Bēhance.

That aside, the message they are sending might be more interesting…

This suggests that Apple may be making a single version of each iPhone model for the Chinese market, simplifying its inventory and also enabling China Telecom – the poor man’s carrier in China – to offer LTE data for the first time. The company has been losing subscribers ever since the iPhone launched on China Mobile.

It should be noted that China Telecom has since deleted the Weibo post on which the Sina report was based, so there’s no way to tell whether it was untrue or simply made public before it should have been.

China Telecom made the news recently when Apple confirmed that it has started using the company’s data centers for iCloud storage for Chinese customers.

More of the renders below:

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iPhone-6


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China Telecom advertises intent to sell iPhone 6 supporting all networks with curious set of renders

china-telecom

If you thought things were messy with U.S. networks, Verizon and Sprint using CMDA and AT&T and T-Mobile using GSM, things are even worse in China – with WCDMA, CDMA2000, CDMA1X, GSM, TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE all in use by different carriers in different combinations.

The iPhone 6 may be about to make life a whole lot easier, though, with Sina (via ZDNet) reporting that the model sold by China Telecom at least will support all of the wireless networks in use in the country, based on a Weibo post by the carrier. Admittedly the image used in the Weibo above looks a little different than the general consensus we’ve seen before – they were created by Tomas Moyano and Nicolàs Aichino, and China Telecom likely downloaded them from Bēhance.

That aside, the message they are sending might be more interesting…

This suggests that Apple may be making a single version of each iPhone model for the Chinese market, simplifying its inventory and also enabling China Telecom – the poor man’s carrier in China – to offer LTE data for the first time. The company has been losing subscribers ever since the iPhone launched on China Mobile.

It should be noted that China Telecom has since deleted the Weibo post on which the Sina report was based, so there’s no way to tell whether it was untrue or simply made public before it should have been.

China Telecom made the news recently when Apple confirmed that it has started using the company’s data centers for iCloud storage for Chinese customers.

More of the renders below:

weibo-iphone-6-1

iPhone-6


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Xiaomi, the Chinese company behind the Mi Pad, announces iOS-like Android skin

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Not content with a blatant copy of the iPad mini and a smartphone called the Mi Phone, Xiaomi’s latest Android overlay – MIUI 6 – bears more than a passing resemblance to iOS 7. The flat icons, the icon screens scrolling above the fixed app tray at the bottom, the calendar, calculator, compass … 

Xiaomi global VP and former Google exec Hugo Barra has said previously that suggestions that the company copies Apple’s designs are “sweeping sensationalist statements” and that similarities are coincidental.

“If you have two similarly skilled designers, it makes sense that they would reach the same conclusion,” he argues. “It doesn’t matter if somebody else has reached the same conclusion.”

Seems Xiaomi’s software designers, like their tablet designers, reached very similar conclusions here.

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Design protection is very limited in China, making it tough for Apple to take legal action, and it’s also possible that Apple doesn’t want to rock the boat in a sensitive market. How long Apple’s tolerance will last, however, as Xiaomi expands internationally is something that will be interesting to see.

Via TechCrunch


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Apple starts using China Telecom’s data centers to store iCloud data for China users, rather than US locations

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Update: Apple confirmed the use of China Telecom servers in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

But the company said Friday in a statement to The Wall Street Journal that all data stored is encrypted, meaning China Telecom won’t have access to its content.

“Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously. We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China,” it said.

Apple has begun using Chinese data centers to store iCloud data for local Apple customers, the first time Apple has used mainland China for iCloud account and information storage. On a municipal government website, Fuzhuo City Telecom said that ‘Apple China has completed the iCloud data dump into China Telecom’s cloud services’. The post has since been taken down from the government site, however.

By moving the site closer to the country itself, reliability, performance and uptime should be maximised for Chinese Apple users. The statement also notes that uptime availability should be at the 99.99% level. The site will end up taking responsibility for hundreds of petabytes of user data.

Apple’s use of localized cloud resources to supplement its own facilities is an interesting strategy and may be part of its larger effort to run its own CDN’s, which rely on proximity for low-ping situations. In the United States, for example, Apple has negotiated deals with Comcast for direct interconnect between its servers and the Comcast network.

There is speculation that a potential consequence that moving data into China will make it easier for government to spy on users’ private data, due to the change in regional laws. We have reached out to Apple for comment on this matter.


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