- June 22nd, 2012
- Robert Zak
China is a behemoth when it comes to smartphone usage, and one of the most significant markets in the world where the big manufacturers and OS developers are attempting to establish a foothold.
Despite this, Apple‘s iPhone (the most popular smartphone in the world, as if you didn’t know) has not yet made it big in China due to its incompatibility with China Mobile‘s 3G networks.
According to reports, this all set to change with Apple’s next-generation iPhone, which will support the country’s 3G networks, making it a ‘true world phone.’
It seems that Apple too is anticipating this development, with iOS 6 featuring enhanced support for Chinese-language users of their handsets. Included in this is Chinese language support for Siri, easier input of Chinese characters and integration with such popular Chinese internet services as Baidu, Youku and Tudou.
Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee, who has close ties with iPhone parts suppliers in China, said that he believes the iPhone 5 (if that will indeed be its name) will come out in October. Commenting on the Chinese-language support in iOS 6, Wu said
“We believe these new features will likely help drive a significant upgrade and new user cycle more powerful than what we saw with the iPhone 4 and 4S.”
[Source: Apple Insider]