“Apple sent invites for an event in California on Sept. 10, presumably to announce the iPhone 5S,” Chris Ciaccia reports for TheStreet. Now, it’s sent out an invite for the day after, in China. The event in China is scheduled to take place at Beijing’s World Trade Center, and it’s important since this is the first time Apple has ever held an event specifically for the Chinese media. Presumably, the event is to announce either the low-cost iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 5C, a deal with China Mobile, or perhaps both. My bet is on the latter, as Apple has increasingly made China a focus.”
MacDailyNews Take: September 11th in the “World Trade Center?” Ballsy scheduling, Apple!
“It’s interesting to note that the event at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., takes place on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. EDT, whereas the event in China takes place Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. local time, leaving not much time between events,” Ciaccia reports. “A deal with China Mobile (presuming that’s what the announcement is about) would be a huge boon not only for the world’s largest carrier, but Apple as well. When discussing first-half results of 2013, China Mobile said it had 740 million customers at the end of the first half of 2013, up 8.4% from a year earlier. At the end of June, it had 137.9 million 3G users, which is the segment Apple is targeting.”
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MacDailyNews Note: For reference, Verizon Wireless in the U.S. has 94.3 million postpaid cellphone customers.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]