“There’s plenty of evidence that Apple is putting a lot of emphasis on China, and for good reason, too,” Evan Niu writes for The Motely Fool. “CEO Tim Cook recently called it the company’s ‘fastest growing major region by far,’ adding that Greater China contributed 12% of revenue in fiscal 2011, up from just 2% in fiscal 2009. That came out to more than $13 billion in sales for the year.”
“Apple has been working to integrate various popular Chinese Internet services into its different operating systems as a way to broaden its appeal within China,” Niu writes. “The Mac maker recently released a preview of its next major operating system, OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion, which included OS-level integration of popular services such as dominant search engine Baidu.”
Niu writes, “Supporting these services might not be limited to OS X, as CNET is reporting that Apple’s mobile iOS is also set to include Baidu integration as the default search engine. That would displace Google’ current default spot… While the iPhone’s Chinese market share still lags Samsung’s by a wide margin, it’s bound to grow as Apple continues to expand carrier partnerships. If Baidu gets some special treatment along with expanding iPhone market share, that could be a big hurdle for Big G.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David E.” for the heads up.]