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Tim Cook Promises “Great Things” for 2014

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China Mobile has started offering the iPhone today to its 763 million subscribers. Tim Cook was there, along with the world’s largest carrier’s Chairman, Xi Guohua, at China Mobile’s headquarters store in Beijing, reports Bloomberg.

The Apple CEO handed out autographed iPhones to a handful of customers and highlighted the importance of the deal for the company.

Considering recent iPhone rumours, Tim Cook was asked whether the next-generation handset would launch with a bigger screen. Of course, he responded that Apple doesn’t talk about future projects, but promised “great things”, which he kept secret because “that way you will be much happier when you see it.”

The launch comes after nearly six years of negotiations. But this didn’t keep iPhone fans outside China Mobile’s network: according to data provided by the carrier, about 45 million iPhones are currently connected. Furthermore, since the iPhone 5s and 5c pre-orders went live, the carrier has racked up 1.3 million pre-orders.

Analysts, however, are concerned about consumer demand: according to data compiled by Bloomberg, 40% of Android phones sold last year had at least 5-inch screens.

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  • Haya Haya

    Are iPhones in China full spec’d? Has wifi and camera?

  • Al

    I think part of the problem here is that Tim Cook is over-selling Apple. As I recall, he promised a “lot” of great things in 2013 – implying new types of products with his phrasing. Yet nothing “new” was delivered (I don’t consider the iPad Air a “new” product – it’s just refined). Now he’s doing the same (perhaps not as grandiose) for 2014.

    This is kind-of worse than companies that do early product announcements. He’s allowing people’s imaginations to run wild, and those thoughts are turning into expectations (TV, watch, larger iPad, larger iPhone…). Unless Apple produces some significant things this year, Tim Cook is going to drive Apple down with his rampant hyped-up vapourware. When it comes to industry expectations, Apple would be better off if Tim kept his mouth shut.

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