Apple on Friday began selling iPhones on China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier. China Mobile boasts an incredible 700 Million+ users, more than Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprit combined.
Apple CEO Tim Cook was present at an Apple Store to offer signed iPhones. Days prior, both Cook and a China Mobile Executive showed their enthusiasm about the upcoming deal. The deal is expected to generate approximately 17 Million new users for Apple.
I’m personally really excited about this deal. There’s a ton of potential for Apple.
Apple did, however, release the third beta of iOS 7.1 to developers today. The third beta brings some minor UI enhancements, but they certainly are nice ones. The iPhone app’s dialer has been redesigned and the screen (when accepting calls) has also been given a fresh new design. Even the power off slider is redesigned (let’s hope Apple keeps these around when it releases iOS 7.1).
Just mere minutes ago we were told that Apple has released an online store via Tmall. Apple’s Tmall site will feature Red Friday, a sales event later this week for Asian countries. Apple currently operates a Chinese online store. This new store is a new addition to the company’s Asian offerings.
There’s a lot of new toys at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Apple’s main competitor, Samsung, unveiled it’s “Smart Life” suite of products. Although Apple is not officially present at the conference, there are many signs of its presence. A new iPort allows the iPad Air to be charged wirelessly, Morphie has all new cases, and Otterbox too. We’ll bring you more coverage of CES later in the week.
Apple late yesterday signed a deal with China Mobile, the world’s largest cell phone carrier. The deal has been rumored for months. The carrier has about 760 million customers – more than AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile combined. China Mobile iPhone activations are expected to raise apple’s income by at least 5% in 2014.
As China Mobile begins to release 4G to its customers it will now be able to sell 4G enabled iPhones at its stores.
While the iPhone is popular in China, it is an expensive, premium phone. As a result, many lower-income individuals may not have the opportunity to purchase the phone.
As Apple ventures into new areas, one might ask, “where next?” Only time can tell…