New job opening at Apple hints at impending China Mobile iPhone launch
The iPhone has long been rumored to debut on China Mobile, a new job opening at Apple hints at the impending launch yet again.
Over the past few months it has been consistently rumored that the new Apple iPhones will be launched on China Mobile, but so far an announcement has not been made. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile carrier with more than 700 million subscribers. Its rivals, China Unicom and China Telecom already offer the iPhone, they have been doing so for quite some time now. Earlier this year China Mobile said that it is keen on selling the iPhone, but cited several commercial and technical issues that remain in its way.
Apple has posted a new job opening at its Beijing office for a Carrier Engineering Manager. The person will basically act as a liaison between the company and its carrier partners in greater China and Hong Kong. Apple requires the candidate to have experience working with TD-SCDMA and TD-LTE, the homegrown standards that China Mobile uses. Last month it was reported that Apple had finally received the regulatory approval required to put its iPhones on China Mobile’s network.
It is no longer a matter of if the new iPhones will be launched on China Mobile, its a matter of when the launch is actually going to take place now. Recently a screenshot of an iPhone 5S running on China Mobile was leaked online, hinting that carrier testing is well underway. Both Apple and the carrier are yet to announce the launch officially.