On May 19th, MMi reported that China Mobile had reached a definitive agreement with Apple that obligates the iPhone maker to - at some undefined point in the relatively near future - support the Chinese carrier's fourth-generation TD-LTE data network. Although the parties were believed to have "reached consensus," no other details provided with regard to Apple's plans for implementation of the fourth-generation technology.
Today, however, we may have uncovered further reason to believe that a major announcement is forthcoming regarding a partnership between Apple and China Mobile - one that could introduce the iPhone to the carrier's 600 million subscribers. On Wednesday, First Financial Daily in China reported - along with inconclusive photographic evidence - that Apple COO Tim Cook had a high-level meeting with executives at China Mobile today.
A Chinese reporter from First Financial Daily (one of the most prosperous financial papers in China) managed to take a picture of Tim Cook walking in the lobby of China Mobile’s HQ, and there are 7-8 people walking along with Cook. And Cook seemed to be happy.
In recent months, Apple and its executives have been particularly hush-hush about any and all potential dealings with China Mobile.