Apple’s Tim Cook Is In China Working On Bringing An LTE iPhone To 600M People

Apple’s Tim Cook Is In China Working On Bringing An LTE iPhone To 600M People

Apple COO Tim Cook happened to pop on by China Mobile’s headquarters earlier today. You know, just happened to be in the neighborhood, thought he’d see what was going on. No biggie.

Except China Mobile isn’t currently partnered with Apple. Oh, and they just happen to be the world’s largest mobile phone carrier, providing for over six hundred million customers. Biggie indeed.

According to M.I.C. Gadget:

This morning, around 10, Apple COO Tim Cook is spotted in the lobby of China Mobile’s HQ, accompanied by 7-8 people. Probably Cook is talking with executives from China Mobile to discuss bilateral cooperation for the iPhone. Both China and America flags are seen in the lobby, and Cook seems to be happy.

China Mobile uses a homegrown TD-SCDMA standard that would require Apple to build custom hardware, which is why the iPhone hasn’t hit the network before now.

However, it’s been reported that Apple and China Mobile might have worked out a deal to make sure that whenever an LTE equipped iPhone hits, it’ll work on China Mobile’s TD-LTE 4G network.

If so, an appearance by Tim Cook in China Mobile’s headquarters might confirm two things. One: the iPhone will soon be coming to six hundred million new subscribers in China. And two? That iPhone will be 4G.

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  • Guest

    Are we going to have to……yup we’re gonna have to have a talk again….

    This photo that you are talking about has been reported on in numerous occasions today and everyone said something that you, once again, kept out.. Nobody knows if this is truly the COO of Apple and because you can’t see his face, this topic and photo should be kept in the “speculation” folder.

    Do you think before you type?

  • Jake Grothelsburg

    Not to mention Tim cook is a proud member of the gay community, and also having a peference for asian men (go read the story on gizmodo or here hehe) him being in china would of course make him happy. 

    No hate involved, i myself am a proud gay man. haha

  • Guest

    Above comment is completely true, people! there are other articles surfacing out there that Tim Cook was NOT in China. Don’t let this article mislead you!

  • Guest

    Commenter’s mother? lol

  • Genyus

    Classy.

  • iHate_Is_Back

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    WTF????

  • BIG ITALIAN SAUSAGE

    Gheymos just can’t open their pieholes without using the word “Gay” 67 times every 2 minutes. The more “normal” they try to appear the more freakish they become. What’s next? DEMAND your “right” to have sex with/”marry” farm animals? lol.

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