Taiwan Today: Pre-orders for new iPhones kick off in Taiwan

A photo shows the new iPhones in San Jose, California, U.S.A on September 12, 2018. Apple Inc. announced the launch of the new iPhones including XS Max and XS. XS Max and XS are mounted organic EL display.( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

Pre-orders for new iPhones kick off in Taiwan

Apple Inc. will begin Friday taking pre-orders for two of its three new iPhone models in Taiwan, which has been listed by the U.S. high-tech giant among its first-wave markets for the new devices, according to Apple’s (Taiwan) official website.

On Wednesday, Apple debuted three new iPhones — the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, the largest iPhone so far, which will be sold at a starting price of NT$39,900 (US$1,300), the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, which will start at NT$35.900, and the 6.1-inch iPhone XR, with a starting price of NT$26,900.

Sales of the first two new models will start from Sept. 21, while those of the iPhone XR will be launched at a later date, the company said.

Taiwan unlikely to issue sea warning for Typhoon Mangkhut

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Thursday there is little chance that it would issue a sea warning for Typhoon Mangkhut as the storm has veered further south than expected.

Due to a strengthening Pacific high pressure system, the typhoon has been tracking further south than expected and is forecast to pass closest to Taiwan Friday night into Saturday, the bureau said.

Reported China-Vatican deal will not affect ties

Taiwan is closely monitoring a reported deal between China and the Holy See that could be sealed soon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said.

The ministry is well aware of ongoing dialogue between the Vatican and Beijing and said it will continue to closely monitor developments, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said. Lee, however, declined to comment on whether the two sides have made a breakthrough on the matter.

According to media reports, the Vatican has made concessions to Beijing on the appointment of bishops in China — which would be a significant breakthrough between the two sides.

The latest news adds to a growing list of developments that taken together indicate that the Vatican and Beijing are closer than ever, with the former making many goodwill gestures to China, especially since Pope Francis assumed the papacy in March 2013.

NTU ranks 81st worldwide for graduate employability

Eight Taiwan universities have been listed in the 2019 Graduate Employability Rankings that were released Wednesday, with National Taiwan University (NTU) gaining the highest
place among the eight at 81st.

Rising from its ranking between 101st and 110th last year, NTU make it back into the top-100 among the 497 institutions in the world that were rated as best at producing employable graduates, according to the list released by the British QS education network.