Apple's Tim Cook Spotted at China Mobile's Headquarters?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    M.I.C gadget notes that a reporter from Chinese newspaper First Financial Daily reported seeing Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook in the lobby of China Mobile's headquarters earlier today. According to the reporter, who was also able to snap a photo of Cook although it only shows him from the rear:
    China Mobile is far and away the world's largest mobile phone carrier with over 600 million customers, making it a major potential partner for Apple. The carrier has long been interested in offering the iPhone, but Apple has so far been unwilling to build customized hardware capable of running on China Mobile's homegrown TD-SCDMA network standard.


    Reports last month indicated that Apple and China Mobile had reached or were nearing an agreement that would see a future iPhone developed for the carrier's TD-LTE 4G network. Reports have indicated that the same chips could be used for both LTE and TD-LTE, meaning that Apple could conceivably release a future iPhone capable of running on either standard. Complicating the issue, however, is a lack of full LTE coverage looking out over the next several years, and the consequent difficulties of providing fallback 3G compatibility for different standards.

    If Cook is indeed in China talking to executives at China Mobile, it seems likely that significant discussions are underway. While any negotiations of this size would likely take place at the senior executive level, Cook's role as Chief Operating Officer currently in charge of Apple's day-to-day operations in the absence of Steve Jobs would suggest that his direct involvement signals negotiations of the highest importance.

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  2. zin macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
    If that really is Tim, then that suit really doesn't suit him (provided I'm looking at the right person in the photograph...).
  3. soco macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Yardley, PA
  4. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    He probably feels that there's some value to showing a modicum of etiquette and respect in terms of business attire when he is overseas and being hosted in a country whose business people typically wear suits.

    Note that Steve has been known to show up in attire other than his trademark black mock turtleneck, jeans, and sneakers for situations that call for something else (he wore a tux to the Academy Awards, for example).

    Throwing a navy blazer over a pair of khakis is a minimal nod to standard protocol.

    Not a big deal.
  5. justinfreid macrumors 6502


    Nov 24, 2009
    NEW Jersey / USA
    I agree with your wardrobe analysis here and I'm inclined to believe that looks like the back of Mr. Cook's head and thusly that we'll see a China Mobile compatible iPhone sooner than later.
  6. gerhardb macrumors newbie


    Jan 18, 2010
  7. igazza macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
  8. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2011
    Gallifrey, 5124
  9. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    I imagine he does go visit China once in a while, if for no other reason than to visit Foxconn factories. If he's going to spend all day on an airplane, he's going to take the opportunity to visit other big players too. So, this says pretty much nothing about how far along Apple's plans are with China Mobile. But it is kind of a fun news item in a voyeuristic sort of way.
  10. Constable Odo macrumors 6502

    Constable Odo

    Mar 28, 2008
    Woohoo! Bring it on. Apple/Foxconn better build more Brazilian-based factories just to barely keep up with demand.
  11. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    My guess is that when Tim Cook travels, he has very specific reasons, agendas, and meeting topics.

    Based on his working style, it is unlikely that he would just drop in on big players, just to say "hi" or to justify his time in the air.

    He is in that building to talk about something specific.
  12. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Whether it has a high importance or not, it could also suggest that Apple has cultural sensitivity and sent the COO to show appropriate respect for China Mobile executives at the same level. In which case this could be an introduction to talks, not the completion of a deal.
  13. CousinCocaine, Jun 22, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011

    CousinCocaine macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2010
    This ain't no iPhone4 camera

    They indeed need iPhone4's in China. Then at least the photo's are better than this one!
  14. Thunderhawks macrumors 601

    Feb 17, 2009
    And they are making more every day.

    as for :

    "it seems likely that significant discussions are underway."

    Duh, he is not going there for Chinese food.
  15. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    Of course he's going to have specific agendas. And of course Apple is talking to China Mobile about something specific. But yes, he does have to 'justify' his time in the air. When you spend 12 hours in the air each way, or whatever it is, you're going to cram in as much useful work as you can. He's not going to fly there every week and make special trips for each different business they're dealing with. Don't undervalue seeing people and places in person, as good as technology is getting, it's still the most useful.
  16. acslater017 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Finally, ER is coming to iTunes!! ;)
  17. Wurm5150 macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I would customize the **** out of anything for 600M potential customers.. I don't know why Apple would even hesitate..
  18. aristotle macrumors 68000


    Mar 13, 2007
    Margins. Apple is not interested in "making it up on volume". They leave the loss leaders and razor thin margins to the other guys.
  19. Macopotamus macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2010

    tim is on the far right with the white jacket and long black hair
  20. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    600M more potential customers (well, maybe top few percent of that)? Make it so.

    Lol mic gadget thinks US = America.
  21. hglk macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2009
    Utah, USA
    Look!! I found him too!!!!!!

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  22. SmileyBlast! macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Is Android already available with China Mobile? Apple needs to make this deal happen to stay competitive. Could mean huge new sales numbers from the App. Stores.
  23. gibstros macrumors newbie


    Sep 11, 2009
    Does the dude travel alone?

    What I don't get is where are his companions? The acting CEO of Apple travels alone and carries his own luggage? Maybe the guy next to him is an interpreter, but still, Cook has to carry his own luggage? I bet Steve doesn't carry his own luggage.
  24. ULFoaf macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2008
    The Bayou City, USA
  25. nwcs macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2009

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