China Mobile Chairman, Wang Jianzhou, was quoted yesterday saying that Apple will support next-gen TD-LTE.
These two years we have been discussing the issue. Right now the situation is moving forward. Apple has made it clear they will support TD-LTE.
China Mobile, has been negotiating with Apple for years, to develop a TD-SCDMA supported iPhone for their current 3G network, and TD-LTE for their future 4G network.
China Mobile hasn't signed a deal with Apple yet because Apple doesn't currently support TD-SCDMA, which China Mobile use for their 3G network, but with Apple's new CDMA phone for Verizon, Wang hopes that Apple will consider supporting TD-SCDMA.
We hope that when they develop the next-generation models, since Apple can create CDMA, they can also consider developing TD-SCDMA.
The iPhone is currently only available in China on China Unicom, which lacks the subscriber base that China Mobile has.
Given the size of the Chinese market and Apple's huge growth there over the last few quarters, anWill Apple support the LTE sooner than we think?