Android-to-iPhone 6 defections highest in China
A survey by Cowen & Co of 1,000 iPhone owners in China found that 30 per cent of iPhone 6/6+ owners said they had replaced an Android phone. This is more than double the Android-to-iPhone 6/6+ migration cited by survey respondents in Japan (about 14 per cent) and more than three times the migration cited by respondents in the UK (9 per cent) and the US (8 per cent).
Apple’s Greater China sales were up 70 per cent year-on-year in Q4.
Hon Hai again mulls investing in Sharp
Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision reportedly is again considering investing in ailing Japanese electronics maker Sharp. The size of the investment depends on whether Hon Hai will join the firm’s management, Jiji Press reported.
Back in 2012, Hon Hai planned to invest about JPY67 billion, but backed out after Sharp’s share price fell. Samsung and Qualcomm later invested in the Japanese firm, which is expected to post a loss of more than JPY200 billion for the fiscal year ending 31 March. It recently announced it would lay off 6,000 staff, or 12 per cent of its workforce.
Display issues force cut in Apple Watch production
Apple has reportedly been forced to cut production of the Apple Watch by 50 per cent because of production issues with the display, the Economic Daily News reported.
The report suggests monthly production will be half of its original target of 2.5 million to three million units because of low yields for the AMOLED panels from LG Display, which is using plastic substrates for the first time.
Huawei claims first 3.5GHz TDD LTE-A device
Chinese telecoms equipment and handset vendor Huawei has introduced what it claims is the first 3.5GHz TDD LTE-Advanced device.
The device, which was showcased at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the beginning of the month, supports two-carrier aggregation with total a downlink speed of over 220Mb/s.
Huawei said the value of 3.5GHz band is becoming increasingly recognised by operators as mobile data traffic soars and they look to LTE-A deployments.
Japan’s three major mobile operators were awarded 40MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum each for TDD LTE-A deployments.