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iPhone 5C is reportedly China Mobile-bound

All eyes are on Apple ahead of a special event scheduled for Tuesday morning at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. where the company is expected to unveil at least one, if not two, new iPhone models. And Apple is preparing to ship the still unannounced iPhone 5c to China's biggest mobile company, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Apple needs China Mobile more than China Mobile needs Apple

Apple's smartphone marketshare in the burgeoning Chinese market is dropping precipitously, and to bolster its position the company needs to strike a deal with China's largest carrier, China Mobile. The only problem is that Apple needs China Mobile a lot more than China Mobile needs Apple, according to Bloomberg.

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Apple hosting second iPhone launch event in China on September 11

Remember all those trips Tim Cook made to China recently? Seems we'll be finding out why soon enough, as reports are surfacing from China that Apple has sent out a second invite to members of the press there, and will be hosting an event in Beijing on September 11. The invite is the same as the one for the main U.S. event, which leads us to believe whatever is announced in Cupertino the day before will be headed China's way.

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Tim Cook and China Mobile meeting to discuss 'matters of cooperation'

As speculated just yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly held meetings with the head of the worlds largest carrier, China Mobile. China is a huge market for Apple despite declining sales, but as yet China Mobile customers do not have any direct route to the iPhone via the carrier. According to Reuters, this was definitely a matter on the table:

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Tim Cook reportedly visited China to talk iPhone with the carriers

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly made another visit to China, with iPhone the topic of conversation with the nations carriers. Cook's third known trip to China has reportedly taken him to see China Telecom, China Unicom, and perhaps even the worlds largest carrier, China Mobile. From iFeng.com (translated):

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Apple: We'll investigate Pegatron labor abuse allegations

China Labor Watch alleges that Pegatron, a Chinese electronics manufacturer whose lengthy client list includes Apple, has been abusing its employees with poor working and living conditions. Predictably, the mainstream and tech media alike has linked these allegations to Apple. Now Apple has responded with a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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iPad sales in China and Japan more than doubled since last year

In today's conference call after the Q2 2013 fiscal results, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealed that Apple products are selling like gangbusters in East Asia. In China and Japan both, iPad sales more than doubled this quarter from the quarter the year prior. In China specifically, iPad sales were up 138% from last year.

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Apple’s challenges in China, and what investors need to know

In the not-so-distant past, Tim Cook has been quoted as saying he expects China to emerge as the company’s largest source of revenue. Back in January, we discussed this growth in China, along with Asymco.com’s estimate that China would overtake US sales at Apple by 2016.

Has anything changed?

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Apple praised by Chinese media after apology over warranty policy

Following Tim Cook’s apology yesterday, the state-controlled media in China has begun to praise Apple after a constant barrage of negative stories over the past couple of weeks. Apple’s apology and policy change were inevitable, as the company was an underdog against the Chinese state media machine. At least according to Reuters:

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Chinese propaganda campaign could sap $13 billion in sales from Apple

The long-term results the three-week-old Chinese state-driven propaganda assaults on Apple haven't yet surfaced, but it's clear from CEO's Tim Cook's recent apology for alleged warranty inconsistencies. But looking at past examples of hostile media campaigns orchestrated by the Chinese government, Citigroup analyst Glen Yeung believes Apple could face lost sales up to $13 billion in China.

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