China Mobile signed a long-awaited deal with Apple to offer iPhones on its network, an arrangement that would give the U.S. technology giant a big boost in the world’s largest mobile market.
The deal has been in the works for more several months, beginning with Tim Cook’s public visit to the nation almost a year ago. The deal will bring the Apple’s cellular lineup to China’s largest carrier.
The news comes as an added bonus to Carl Icahn’s shareholder filing which aims to deliver more of Apple’s $100 billion stockpile to investors.
An increasing number of photos have surfaced over the past several weeks of the purported low-cost, plastic iPhone. The shell is essentially identical to the iPhone 5, but comes in plastic, includes touch-sensitive buttons, and comes in a variety of neon colors. While the neon colors appear to be very unlike Apple, they match iOS 7’s color scheme.
The linked photos appear on a Japanese website, while these and these appear on a French website. MacRumors produced high-resolution 3D mockups of the device. With photo leaks of the same devices popping up in two separate parts of the globe, this story is gaining considerable traction, much more so than any Apple rumor in recent years, save for the Gizmodo iPhone 4 leak.
The potential deal with Time Warner Cable shows Apple working within the existing pay-TV business model, rather than directly offering live TV programming. Media companies that own television shows and movies have been reluctant to sell content directly to online services because it could harm sales from cable and satellite operators.
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