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Apple Increases Product Prices by Up to 25% in Japan

Apple on Friday raised prices for several products in Japan, with the base iPhone 13 seeing its price go up by 19% — reports Nikkei Asia. The base model iPhone 13 now starts at 117,800 yen ($870 USD) on the company's Japanese website, up 19,000 from 98,800 yen ($730) previously. Apple's new iPhone SE, which...

Japan Gives 2,000 iPhone 6s Models to Quarantined Coronavirus Cruise Ship

A Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, has been under quarantine for over 10 days, due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. In an effort to allow passengers and crew to communicate with The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Japanese government has issued nearly 2,000 iPhone 6s models to those stuck...

How Japan Embraced the iPhone and Brought the Emoji to the World

The original iPhone hit stores on June 29, 2007 - ten years ago today - and the world hasn't been the same since. Apart from the numerous inventions that the smartphone created, it brought to light one of its most ubiquitous features: the emoji. Where did emojis come from? They’re definitely a cultural phenomenon, as...

How to Learn Japanese on iPhone? Duolingo for iOS Now Makes it Possible

If you want to learn a new language on your iPhone, Duolingo makes it fun and easy to do so. The iOS app’s latest 5.1.0 update now brings support for users to learn Japanese, in what the developers are saying as “the most requested course in Duolingo’s five-year history!" The update will teach English speakers...

Apple Supplier Ibiden Commits to 100% Renewable Energy in Japan

Apple announced today in a press release that Ibiden, a Japanese component supplier, has pledged to power all its Apple manufacturing with 100 percent renewable energy. [caption id="attachment_201883" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Image courtesy of Apple[/caption] With the Japanese company planning to invest in more than 20 new renewable energy facilities, including one of the largest floating solar photovoltaic...

Apple To Use OLED Technology From Supplier In Japan [REPORT]

Rumors regarding Apple’s plans to integrate OLED display in their speculative 2017 iPhone device have been swirling about the internet for quite some time now. Fueling the fire, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that the company might actually be adopting the display technology for its next-generation iPhone from a single supplier named Canon Tokki Corp., from...

‘Super Nintendo World’ Theme Park Launching in Japan by 2020

Fans of classic video games might want to start stocking up on Power-Up Mushrooms and saving those extra pennies for a flight to Osaka, because Universal Studios Japan has just released their first piece of Super Nintendo World concept art, giving us a glimpse of what the new Mario-centric land will look like when it […]

Apple Contracts with Carriers Attract Attention of Japanese Regulators

Apple's contracts with wireless carriers have come to the attention of yet another watchdog: Japanese regulators are considering taking action against the iPhone maker over possible antitrust violations, reports Reuters. The Japanese smartphone market is currently dominated by Apple, the iPhone accounting for almost one in two smartphones sold, according to the latest market research...

Apple Developing iPhone for Japan with Transit Fare Integration

Apple is working on an iPhone specially designed for Japan that will allow owners to use their handset to pay for their mass transit ride instead of using physical cards, reports Bloomberg. To do that, Apple needs to embrace the Japan’s proprietary mobile tap-to-pay technology standard called FeliCa, which was developed by Sony. Since the...

Apple Introduces Carrier Billing in Japan For iPhone Users

According to a new report from CNBC, Apple has quietly switched on mobile carrier billing in Japan. The announcement means that iPhone users can buy apps and games from the App Store and charge them to their phone bill. Carrier billing is an important option for users who don't own a credit card or for...