Apple CEO Tim Cook gives China Mobile's chairman a gold Apple iPhone 5s

Apple CEO Tim Cook gives China Mobile's chairman a gold Apple iPhone 5s
With the long awaited launch of the Apple iPhone on China Mobile just days away, the Chairman of the world's largest carrier said that he was going to switch to using Apple's iconic smartphone. As it turns out, Xi Guohua was presented with a gold Apple iPhone 5s by none other than Apple CEO Tim Cook. The Apple chieftain is in China for the launch and sat down for an interview with Mr. Xi for CNBC.

Cook called the launch "a watershed day for Apple," and expressed Apple's respect for China Mobile, dating back to the first discussion between the firms. Apple was unable to make the iPhone available for China Mobile customers for years, thanks to the carrier's proprietary TD-SCDMA 3G pipeline. Apple was unwilling to make an iPhone compatible with just China Mobile's network. Other manufacturers, like Nokia, had to produce special versions of their handsets in order to have them available for China Mobile customers. For example, back in 2012, the Finnish handset manufacturer arranged to have a special version of its then flagship Nokia Lumia 920 available for customers of the world's largest carrier. The Nokia Lumia 920T was configured to be compatible with the TD-SCDMA 3G network.

Once China Mobile starting planning its 4G LTE build out, both the operator and Apple agreed to have the iPhone support China Mobile's LTE signal, which bring us to Friday's launch of the phone. Considering that Cook told CNBC that Apple had record iPhone sales in China last quarter, we could see another record this quarter as customers of the world's largest carrier start buying the phone. Analysts expect the availability of the Apple iPhone on China Mobile to result in sales of 10 million to 30 million units of the phone.

CNBC is reporting that thus far, China Mobile has received 1.2 million pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c. The Apple iPhone 5s is priced at 5288 yuan ($874 USD) for the 16GB model and 6888 yuan ($1139 USD) for the 64GB version. The 16GB Apple iPhone 5c costs 4,488 ($742 USD).

You can view the CNBC interview with Cook and Mr. Xi by clicking on the video below.



source: CNBC

Related phones

iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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35 Comments

1. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

This should hardly be a news .....the phone should have been made up of more costly metal......

3. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

uuuuuh those are scarce...

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good job Cook, you gave him about the best phone on the market. Classy move my man

15. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

best phone on the market thats weird the galaxy s4 and note 3 wasnt mentioned in the post

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I know iPhone 5s was though, hence best. Stop trolling sonnnnn

26. Sauce unregistered

Happy I switched from my Note to my 5s :)

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I actually have both, but nothing will replace my 5s sauce. It's my daily drive, go to device. Apple is on it with iOS 7...+1

8. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Publicity stunt.good going apple

10. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What are the subsidized prices for the iPhone on China Mobile?

11. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

don't ask

16. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

999usd whatever that is in chinas money ha ha ha

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Talk about gouge prices, China won't forget this. I guess this is N/A's chance to do ship some junk back to them.

24. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

I love my iP5s... And my Note3

32. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

just buy lumia 1520, and you will rule the world, hahaha

30. JMartin22

Posts: 2326; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I hope the Chinese telecommunications CEO threw that phone in the trash when that pompous rich CEO turned his back lol

33. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

how about sell it to me, with 10% price

31. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

boss "cook" i want it too, the gold iphone 5s,

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