Steve Jobs, according to online reports, wants a China-centric iPhone built so that Apple can tap into one of the biggest potential mobile markets in this part of the universe.
The new, but still unconfirmed, iPhone would have to be compatible with China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G standard. If Apple did this the fruit-inspired tech giant could potentially tap into one of the biggest mobile markets on Earth.
The news comes via Reuters who has China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou on record stating the following:
“Jobs – that’s Steve by the way – has said he’s very interested in developing an iPhone that will run on TD.”
You can get iPhone devices in China at present but only on China Unicom, which had a significantly smaller subscription base, according to Reuters.
Breaking into China Mobile’s network would be a big score for Apple – the mobile network has over 590 million subscribers.
China Mobile is also currently working on a 4G adoption scheme as well – something the iPhone 5, we hope, will have built into it.