Many in China have been waiting in hopeful expectation for this moment. Almost like clockwork, Apple appears to be finally listening to criticism by providing the last of what it needs in the Chinese market: compatibility. It is said that the new iPhone, expected to launch in October, will provide support for China’s TD-SCDMA 3G network.
After announcing iOS 6 Mandarin and Cantonese support for Siri two weeks ago, as well as integration with Baidu, Sina Weibo, Youku and Tudou, Apple is reportedly planning to add China Mobile 3G support to its new iPhone device this year.
What does this mean? For one thing it would mean that China Mobile and Apple will now be able to take advantage of China’s 166.9 million 3G subscribers, who are desperately demanding Apple products. Additionally, it would open up more competition in the market, as budget smartphones begin to flood in.
At the moment, China Unicom and China Telecom are adding new 3G subscribers every month at a rapid clip, while China Mobile is lagging behind despite its higher mobile market share. These developments will significantly change the game.
Source: Sina Tech