Update: January 7: Source > China Tech News In response to Taiwanese media reports that Hon Hai Precision had gained the acting rights of Apple’s iPhone in China, Edmund Ding, spokesperson for Hon Hai, denies the rumor and says the report came from nowhere and was merely a rumor.
On January 1, 2009, the Taiwan Commercial Times reported that Hon Hai had gained general acting rights for Apple’s products on the Chinese mainland and the company would start a large-scale construction of channel market in mainland China. Later, other reports which were also originated from Taiwan said that Hon Hai was testing Apple’s new 2.75G iPhone and this product would be launched in China in April 2009.
However, Hon Hai has published a report to clear the rumor and says the news was fully created by media speculation. The company further emphasizes that all the large events of the company will be published through official channels.
According to reports in the Hong Kong and Taiwanese media, Taiwan’s Yuanta Research Center has said that Hon Hai Precision Industry won mainland distribution rights for the iPhone, but not Apple computer products, and that the company is currently testing a new 2.75G iPhone due to be released in China in April this year.
Yuanta’s Chen Lifeng said that according to preliminary estimates, the iPhone may sell 5 to 10 mln units on the mainland during its first year of sales.
Hon Hai earlier denied that it had won general mainland distribution rights from Apple. Hon Hai spokesperson Edmund Ding today also denied the news that the company had acquired distribution rights for the iPhone in Mainland China.
Editor’s Note: It was recently rumored that Hon Hai had obtained general distribution rights for mainland China from Apple Computer. For more background, please see “Hon Hai to Distribute for Apple in Mainland“, MD 1/04/09 issue.