Is this the next-gen Apple iPhone for China Mobile?

Is this the next-gen Apple iPhone for China Mobile? has a picture on its web site that could be the next generation Apple iPhone for China Mobile. The handset runs an unannounced baseband software, version 06.10.01, which dovetails with the idea that the unit supports China Mobile's 3G TD-SCDMA network. Back in June, we reported that China Mobile would be offering the Apple iPhone 5 this September.

Recently, we passed along a story that Apple COO Tim Cook was meeting with officials from China Mobile about offering the device to the worlds largest mobile carrier. A picture claimed to show Cook and his contingent in the lobby of an office building where the meeting took place. Even though Apple's touchscreen phone is available in China only through the much smaller China Unicom, over 4 million users of the handset are using China Mobile's network to run their iPhone at 2G speed.

Unless a careless Apple employee manages to drop an Apple iPhone 5 on a bar floor again, this might be the best look we get at the next generation iPhone for a few weeks.

source: (Translated) via BGR

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1. Markman2012

Posts: 18; Member since: May 03, 2011

honestely do ppl really care what the colt of jobs is doing in another country i could care less what he does in this country let alone china >_< this post paid for by the android users for a crapple free world

3. earle.evans

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 07, 2010

hey-yo! markman's on fire!

19. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

u mean u gotta get on one knee and chug a cult 45 son.

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You cared enough to read it AND comment.

2. mubashar unregistered

why china?china is no one in duplicy in the world they are real copy cats in the whole world

4. DirtySanchez

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

I love it when retards post comments and they can't even use proper grammar or English. why china?china is no one in duplicy in the world they are real copy cats in the whole

20. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

china + cats = (insert punch line here)

33. cposey

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 30, 2011


43. Eric unregistered

I love how Dirty Sanchez's comment starts about using proper grammar and ends with poor grammar.

5. therygy

Posts: 94; Member since: May 24, 2010

Very dissapointed if this is the iPhone 5

11. ilia1986 unregistered

What exactly did you expect? A coffee making smartphone? We ALL know what the iPhone 5 will be like - because we ALL know what iOS 5 will be like - and yes - we are all disappointed - as normal iPhone users - aside from those idiots like Taco who are Apple fanatics to the bone - because iOS 5 didn't bring anything really significant. Especially if you've had a JBen device for the past year. Unless Steve pulls something out of his hat - like Springboard widgets - or something like that - we will continue to be disappointed. And a lot of us - me included - will just buy an Android phone eventually.

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You should just buy an android if widgets and live wall papers are important to you. There's millions of iPhone users world wide that are happy with their iPhones. iOS 5 brought nothing significant shows you're a true moron.

23. ilia1986 unregistered

Tell me one significant thing that iOS 5 brought. ONE. Go ahead. And why should I buy a competitor's device - for that matter - when I have the right to expect that the company I bought the device from - will make features that have been available in those same competitor's device for YEARS - like home-screen widgets, and live wallpapers? When I buy a car - and my friend buy's a car - and his car receives a free redesign after a year - sorta like pimp my car - shouldn't I get a free redesign as well for mine? It's not like when you buy an iPhone they tell you "look we don't like widgets or live wallpapers so you're gonna be stuck with 16 icons on each page lol".

25. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you cant ask for a redesign if you own diferent cars... sorry but the example you used is weak... you have to own the same kind of car for you example to work.. but then it wouldnt have nothing to do with the topic in hand...

26. ilia1986 unregistered

Yes I can - because that's how it usually works in the competitive world - one company always trying it's best to appeal more to the consumer - than another company - and vice versa. If it's not a free redesign, it's free maintenance or something like that - because otherwise - that customer who didn't get anything - whilst his friend got a free redesign - will never buy another product from that company again. And customers tend to remember bad experiences - much more than they tend to remember good ones.

28. stealthd unregistered

When has an Android update brought ANYTHING significant? The only thing Android updates have done is kill bugs and make it faster; nothing but incremental updates attempting to make Android as smooth of an experience as an iPhone. Android phones have done nothing new or significant in the past two years so why would you lodge these complaints against the iPhone when they speak even louder for Android? Oh yeah because you're a troll.

30. ilia1986 unregistered

LOL?? Here are some of the things that Android has had - and iPhone DID not - and DOES not up to this very day! 1.5 - April 2009 - - Widgets. 1.6 - September 2009 - Voice Search to include bookmarks & history, contacts, the web, and more - Text to speech 2.0\1 - October 2009 - Scene mode, White balance, Color effect, Macro focus - in camera - Live Wallpapers 2.2 - may 2010 - Adobe Flash (need I say more?) 2.3 - December 2010 - Near Field Communication - Download Manager - gives the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email, or another application. Learn your homework, please, thankyou.

31. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Dude if you want an Android device just buy one and stop making a big scene. I and most are happy with iPhone. If feel like my phone is a high quality device, which is something I don't feel when I use Android. Yes Android does a lot but the way they do it and how it looks is usually crappy. An everything on iPhone just looks and feels better..... Even some Android users agree that if the apps aren't made by large developers like the people who created Angry Birds or Pandora, the app would look very crappy and simplistic. And what droves me crazy is the fact that many applications will not work on your model. How can people be okay with that? If you just take a stroll through the Android Market you'll read stuff like crashes, doesn't work, won't open, blank screen, etc. I'm not saying iOS is 100% perfect, but when I download or look for an app, that's the last thing I worry about. Now that's high quality and consistenty. And what's with the widgets crap. Widgets are a utility that there to help you and shouldn't make or break a decision to buy a phone. How about actual applications! I think that's more important than being able to turn off wifi and Bluetooth from the homescreen and moving backgrounds. And guess what, there are plenty of apps like Download Manager in the store that do the same. And since iOS 5 is so bad, there must be hundreds of new revolutionary features in Ice Cream Sandwich. Care to name any?

32. Dv unregistered

No one cares! Specs and ah ha features are background noise to the vast majority of consumers at this point with technology. Everything listed is irrelevant to which OS is better! Consistency and stability with an amazingly intuitive interface is what consumers are after. To add to that a phone that the battery last past noon! Android is great for the belt curve and their first smartphone, once the iPhone is available on all carriers state side and globally many of those first time androiders will gladly swap their defraged force closing half ass smartphone for the iPhone. After all it's what they really wanted in the first place but for a variety of reasons they took the bait that a delis that had a Facebook app and the web would be like the iPhone ! Dear Android folks, Don't you all love a random reboot for no apparent reason, Force close! Good day!

34. walkingon2001

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

I also think iphone is not innovative. And to E.N., I actually use Nokia N95, and think iphone is not up-to-date. It sucks in multi-tasking, it doesn't have a radio tuner or assist GPS. You update through itunes, you gotta be kidding me. I hate the term and conditions of itunes, it strips you away from all your privacy.

36. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The mulitasking works perfectly fine, if you mean turn by turn navigation then there are plenty of free navigation applications available in the app store, I don't know too much about radio tuners, and google is more of a threat to your privacy than Apple is since they're number one goal is collecting as much information from different users as possible.

37. BryceNull

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Seriously we are going to argue about the iPhone and Android devices. Both of them have their faults. The iPhone fanboys need to realize the iPhone freezes, restarts and force closes (it might not say it force closed but if you randomly get kicked out of an app it is a force close). And Android does freeze up, restarts and force close too. I do admit I like Android better but I do realize it has it problems. I like Apple and their iPhone too but it's not perfect either. So the Android and iPhone fanboys need to shut their pie holes, stop acting like their phone's OS is perfect, and get over themselves.

40. stealthd unregistered

That's it? 8 features in 2 years? Like I said, NOTHING significant.

6. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

There are good people in China, don't blame China as a whole. Blame the Chinese Government.

7. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

the government is not the best but it's improving slowly and as most government... we can all criticize them no matter what they do... i can only agree with you that there are good people in china

8. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Is it me, or does that look like the iPhone 4?

12. ilia1986 unregistered

I don't think so.. if you look carefully - the screen is slightly larger (taller). I'm betting on a 3.7" - but that's a matter of perception.

9. Seylan unregistered

From that pic, what are the visual differences compared to the Iphone 4? They look almost identical...

10. dv unregistered

I guess if you put a iPhone 4 up on a tech website in the U.S. and it has a Chinese menu displayed you can start speculation that it could perhaps be the iPhone 5! lol. I am a Apple user and in the mobile arena will always support what are labeled close platforms. (Apple,Rim,Nokia) Consistency and stability is paramount, but the hype and speculation around the next iphone is comical. Dear Android folks, Force Close!

15. 1701nino unregistered

Well,this is very important news!?! Because if the next generation iphone is released in world largest carrier China mobile that would be great for Apple.Can you even start to imagine how many iphones they would sell,how much revenue would apple had?

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