Cook is upbeat about iPhone deal with the world’s largest mobile carrier.
Throughout 2013 it was consistently rumored that Apple and China Mobile were in talks, and that a possible deal could be announced within the year. Late last year when the two new iPhones were announced, it was believed that the deal will also be finalized around the same time, but that did not happen until December, when Apple finally confirmed that it had struck a deal to launch iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C on China Mobile, which boasts more than 750 million subscribers.
It certainly a huge opportunity for Apple, which gets access to a very large user base. Analysts expect Apple to move as many as 20 million iPhones on the carrier in 2014 alone. It goes without saying that the company is ecstatic and Apple CEO Tim Cook says he is “incredibly optimistic” about this deal and what the future holds for both companies. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Cook says that this deal is just the beginning, and that there are “lots more things” that Apple and China Mobile can do together in the days to come.
China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua claims that demand for the iPhone on the carrier is strong, with orders already crossing into the multi-millions. Last week Foxconn reportedly shipped more than 1.4 million iPhone 5S units to the carrier, in order to cope with demand following the much awaited launch, which is scheduled for Friday, January 17.