It must feel good to get a signed iPhone from the CEO of Apple himself.
Months and months of speculation has finally been put to rest as the new iPhones, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, have finally been officially launched on China Mobile. The world’s largest mobile carrier held a launch event yesterday which was attended by Apple CEO Tim Cook and China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua. An unannounced number of customers who had pre-ordered devices were present at the event, where both Cook and Guohua presented ten lucky customers with iPhones that they had personally signed.
The deal between these two companies was first expected to be finalized earlier in 2013, though it was then rumored that due to various issues the deal couldn’t go ahead. It was finally confirmed late last month that Apple and China Mobile had finally reached an agreement, and that the iPhones will be officially be made available through the carrier to its more than 750 million subscribers. Analysts expect Apple to sell as many as 20 million iPhone units on China Mobile alone throughout this year. To meet with launch demand, rumor has it that China Mobile has received a shipment of 1.4 million iPhone 5S units.
Media outlets were also present at the China Mobile launch event, where Tim Cook was asked about the possibility of an iPhone with a larger screen. He gave an unsurprising reply, saying that the company does not talk about future products, but assured that Apple has “great things” it is working on.