There has been another development in our ongoing coverage regarding how the flooding in Thailand has been affecting the hard drive industry. With the waters receding and the supply chains starting to open back up, the prices on drives have started to level off. We were expecting them to return to pre-flood pricing somewhere around the middle of 2012.
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Happy Holidays from the crew here at OWC Radio. We’ve made our list, we even checked it twice. This month we explore who’s made the naughty list and who’s been nice this Christmas season before OWC Chris settles in for his long winter’s nap. So, grab a glass of egg nog and have a listen.
OWC Radio is a monthly, forum-based podcast focused on the events and happenings in the Mac community. This week’s hosts are: OWC Grant, OWC Chris S., and OWC Mike H.
Lately, when you hear about Apple filing a lawsuit, it usually involves them fighting with Samsung over the uncanny resemblance some of their tablets and phones have to the iPhone and iPad.
This latest suit, though, has made a bit of a left turn into the Twilight Zone. Apple has lost a trademark dispute in China—over the use of the “iPad” trademark.
Yes, you read that correctly.
A Chinese court has ruled that Proview Technology has owned the “iPad” name for use in China since about 2000. Apple thought it had secured the trademark from Proview’s Taiwan arm of the company, but a Chinese court says that the Shenzhen arm of the company is the proper owner of the name. That means the deal Apple made with Proview (Taiwan)–or, more accurately the UK company that bought the rights from them—didn’t mean anything and now Proview (Shenzhen) is seeking over one billion dollars in “compensation” from Apple.
We’ll have to see where this ends up, but all things considered, the irony is overpowering…
Early this morning (mid evening local time), Foxconn’s Chengdu manufacturing facility was rocked by a large explosion. At least two people have been killed and 16 injured in the blast which has been said to have originated in the “polishing plant” part of the iPad 2 production line.
One Chinese news source has described one of the walls as “shattered”; though the structural integrity of the facility has not officially been determined. Another site has several videos of the aftermath, including smoke pouring from the building.
Government officials and emergency personnel are working to determine the cause of the explosion, but sources are pointing to “ultra light dust” used in the polishing process. Police have supposedly ruled out foul play.
It has yet to be determined how this will affect iPad 2 availability, which has already been in short supply due to heavy demand.
If the iPhone 4 was not widely available, would you pay significantly more than the retail price for one from some guy on the street? How about if the guy selling the iPhones was the reason that they were so hard to come by?
That’s the dilemma some Chinese Apple customers had to face the other day, when Apple lifted its “two per customer” sales limit on the iPhone 4 in its Beijing flagship store. Rather than swarms of customers buying iPhones for themselves or for family, swarms of “scalpers” descended on the store, instead. By noon, the Apple store was forced to close down, due to dwindling supply
Like their ticket-based counterparts, these scalpers purchased large numbers of iPhones, then walked through the crowd, seeing if those waiting in line would like to purchase one of the phones from them—at a significantly higher price, of course.
Many Chinese citizens don’t wish to get into a two-year contract with a carrier when they buy an iPhone. The only way to get one without a contract is to purchase one at one of the four Apple stores in China (two in Beijing and two in Shanghai), who—thanks to the scalpers—now only have “limited stock” of the iPhone 4.
In response to this event, Apple has already taken measures to reduce the amount of iPhone scalping going on by limiting each customer to a single iPhone and requiring purchasers at all Apple stores to show their identity card while purchasing. Additionally, Apple employees will activate the phone in-store, making it impossible for the scalpers to sell their iPhones as new.