Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is currently on tour in China, and has even posed with fans at a local Apple store in the Xidan district of Beijing. According to The Next Web, this marks the first time that an Apple CEO has visited China, since Steve Jobs never actually stepped foot in the world’s most populous country as chief executive…
The exact purpose of this trip is unknown, but speculation has suggested that it might relate to discussions with Apple’s newest iPhone partner in China Telecom. Cook might also be in talks with its other official carrier in the country, China Unicom, and perhaps even China Mobile. If Apple was able to establish an iPhone deal with China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier with over 655 million subscribers, it would have a tremendous impact on the Cupertino-based company.
China is playing an increasingly important role for Apple, edging the United States in iOS device activations for the first time ever last month and continuing to emerge as a dominant — and largely untapped — smartphone market. Based on the sheer number of people that live in China, the revenue potential is enormous for Apple if they can play their cards right.
[via The Next Web]