It came as no surprise that talk of the iPhone 5 would now start to increase, now that we know Apple will not be launching it just yet. We have heard so much over the past months, but reports that China Mobile could release the device in September has made us consider the potential iPhone 5 revenue in China, if such a deal were to go ahead.
China Mobile would find themselves in a prime position as being one of the first carriers to offer the new iPhone model, and it could be a deal made in heaven. News of this deal was leaked on Bianews.com, as reported by AppleInsider, but proof of this has since been deleted from the Chinese website.
There are still many issues to resolve before such a deal is to go ahead, and we do not know if it will be 3G or 4G ready? China Mobile is the largest carrier in the world with an estimated 611 million wireless subscribers; just imagine what this would do for Apple and their total Smartphone market share? OK, so we know that the iPhone is the best selling handset in the world, but when it comes down to iOS handsets, then Android is king.
If this deal were to go ahead, then there could certainly be a shift in power. However, there is another handset that could make it even easier for Apple to rule the smartphone market on both fronts, and that is with a Mini-iPhone launch in China. This could allow Apple to not only get in on the $70 billion revenue from the Chinese mobile industry with the iPhone 5, but also the Mini version as well.
This could be great news for Apple, as it would give them twice the opportunity to get their foot in the door with new devices in 2011. In 2010 Apple managed to earn $3 billion for the entire year in China, so far in 2011 they have generated about $5 billion. This tells us that China cannot get enough of the iPhone, so imagine what Apple would be able to generate if they launched two new handsets later this year.
This could end up being a bit of a shock for Android, as they thought that Apple had no way of mounting a fight against their mighty mobile OS. However, Apple has not got where they were without having an ace up its sleeve, and this China Mobile deal, along with Sprint and T-Mobile could really shake things up once again.