“Both sides sounded keen (during recent talks),” Xi told a news conference after announcing the company’s first-half results.
“Good progress was made in preparing for the commercialization of TD-LTE,” Xi said, referring to 4G “long-term evolution” network technology that may support newer iPhone models.
Dow Jones’ Paul Mozur noted the remaining issues to be worked out:
#ChinaMobile Chairman says company still having commercial and technical issues with Apple that need to be resolved to sell iPhone— Paul Mozur (@paulmozur) August 15, 2013
Working out the hurdles and signing up the world’s largest telecom would obviously be a big win for Apple and CEO Tim Cook, who would probably love to announce the carrier relationship at the upcoming September 10th iPhone event in San Francisco.