Consultant: Apple’s on a roll in China

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“For a long time, Apple has had a small presence in China. Windows has long been the dominant platform, and the number of Apple computers is relatively small since most Chinese considered it to be expensive and the number of applications available limited,” Paul Denlinger blogs for Forbes. “This has now changed.”

“It started with the launch of the iPhone… For more than two years, China’s two leading mobile operators, China Mobile and China Unicom, jockeyed for negotiating position with Apple to become the official iPhone distributor in China. This was unusual: China Mobile is the largest mobile telecom operator in the world (more than 522 million subscribers as of March 2010), and it was not used to NOT having its way in business negotiations with any company,” Denlinger writes. “Except for Apple. With Steve Jobs, they met their match.”

“Apple opened its first Apple Store in Beijing only in 2008. It has plans to open 25 more stores in China in the next two years. And now, it has just introduced the iPad, which will attract yet another batch of Chinese Apple fans,” Denlinger writes. “In China, Apple’s on a roll.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

20 Comments

  1. I’m having trouble with my iPad version of your app. It’s not bringing up the stories when I click them. It used to work fine. Don’t know if it was a recent update or if the iPad just needs tonbe rebooted. Will try that and get back to ya.

  2. Congrats to Jobs and Apple. On a related note: Just listened to Fresh Air and a cyber security man was interviewed. In a snippet of the talk he mentioned how the Chinese government requested that Microsoft show them (the Chinese government) all the details of their software. Microsoft did. So the Chinese government now knows all the inherit weakness with Windows.

    When Apple and Jobs grow Apple in the Chinese market, I hope and want Apple and Jobs to tell the Chinese government to stuff it if and when Apple is requested by the Chinese government to show its software to them.

  3. @mfuse & @dsect

    Yes, the issue you are experiencing with the iPad MDN app only happens in landscape mode, and the portrait mode is just fine. I hope MDN is listening to this and will get it fixed soon. I love my new iPad 3G and like the MDN app, this just needs to be remedied. FYI, if you hit the refresh button while in landscape mode, the list will refresh and you can select an article.

  4. Apple Fan, would that “cyber security man” be Richard Clarke? I’m currently reading his new book “Cyber War” which makes the same claim. He also posits that they have the Cisco code, not to mention all the other stuff pilfered through cyber penetration or otherwise. Apropos, Clarke also has some interesting stuff about Microsoft’s resistance to efforts from the government and banking sectors to strengthen security.

    AF continues, “When Apple and Jobs grow Apple in the Chinese market, I hope and want Apple and Jobs to tell the Chinese government to stuff it if and when Apple is requested by the Chinese government to show its software to them.”

    China already has access to the public “Darwin” code. And didn’t Apple already cave when China insisted that wireless be disabled on their iPhones?

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