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Apple Invites Chinese Media for Special iPhone Event on Sept. 11 in Beijing [u]

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Earlier today Apple invited members of the press to a special event slated for September 10 at its Cupertino Campus to announce its new iPhone offering(s).

Now, according to Sina Tech, Apple has sent out invites to members of the Chinese media the country’s own iPhone event. According to the invite image below, it looks exactly like what we saw earlier today:

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The invite seems to target Chinese media, as Beijing-based Reuters journalist Paul Carsten, in a response to Michael Kan, IDG News’ Beijing news correspondent, says he did not receive an invite. Apple appears to be focusing its efforts in China by giving the country its own special iPhone event, which will surely be seen as a kind gesture by the company to one of its most important markets.

Last month, China Mobile’s chairman said it was getting closer with Apple to reach an agreement, where the iPhone 5C could debut in the country as it would house a network compatible Qualcomm chip. Also, Apple CEO Tim Cook has traveled to Beijing a couple times this year already, which has led to speculation a deal is imminent with the world’s largest carrier and its 700 million subscribers:

Apple CEO Tim Cook met China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua in Beijing last month, his second China visit this year, prompting speculation that a deal could be edging closer.

The event invite says it will take place at 10AM on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at China World Trade Center Tower 3. The equivalent time in Cupertino would be 7PM on Tuesday, September 10.

Update: the invites, which read “”This day is destined to be a sparkling day,” have been confirmed by Computer World:

News of the event circulated across Chinese media sites on Wednesday, with the invitation sent to select domestic news organizations. One journalist at Chinese Internet media firm Sohu.com confirmed to IDG News Service that he had also received an invite from Apple.

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  • WatDah

    Typo at the end: Tuesday, September 10.

  • websnap

    I think it’s for the next day, as they can’t be in two places at once.

  • Martin

    No, WatDah is right. 10AM on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 in Beijing would be equivalent to 7PM on Tuesday, September 10 in California.

  • websnap

    I realize that, but it’s not a typo, it’s for the next morning in the next timezone. it’s still tomorrow there, it doesn’t matter what it is here.

  • Thanks, updated.

  • Martin

    The typo was in the sentence “The equivalent time in Cupertino would be 7PM on Tuesday, September 11.”. As you can now see, the article has been updated to reflect the correct date of Sept. 10 (in California).

  • websnap

    Ah, I see. Makes sense now.

  • shipspassing

    Interesting date and choice of venue. Sept. 11, at the World Trade Center Tower III hotel…

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