China Mobile to Play Critical Role in 6th Generation iPhone
China Mobile could play a bigger role in the global adoption rate of the 6th generation iPhone than any other entity outside of Apple itself.
According to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, Apple's next-generation iPhone will support China Mobile's proprietary 3G network. And that's the sort of development that could be a significant game-changer for the mobile landscape and finally make the iPhone a force in China that the company believes it can be.
"One other key feature we are picking up on the new iPhone is that it will likely be a 'true world phone' meaning the ability to work with the world’s various 3G and 4G wireless networks," Wu told investors Thursday.
Based on sources in the supply chain and other pockets of information to which the analyst is privy, Wu thinks October will be the soonest we see the next iPhone. But when the device does come, it will make a huge splash on the world's stage, Wu says.
"We believe the combination of technology support and enhanced features in the iOS 6 refresh tailored for Greater China including the ability for Siri to understand and speak in Mandarin and Cantonese, easier Chinese character input, and integration with popular internet services including Baidu, Sina Weibo, Youku, and Tudou, make iPhone an even more attractive platform and bring it closer to a partnership with China Mobile," the analyst asserts.