New rumours that have come to light today suggest that once the iPhone 5 becomes official, it will very quickly make its way into China. In fact, a deal is already in place between Apple and China Unicom that will see the launch of the sixth generation iPhone on the Chinese mobile carrier before the year is out.
According to the story published by Sohu IT, it’s believed that negotiations between China Unicom’s Deputy Manager Li Gang, amongst others with Apple executives took place last month during their visit to the United States. It is interesting to see the new iPhone launching so quickly within China after it gets announced. With previous Apple devices, we’ve seen lengthy delays before the device is made available to Chinese Apple fans with products first launching both in the US and Europe. As we know, China’s population and their interest in Apple products has made the communist country an important market to serve and ensuring that devices launch within China in a quick and efficient manner will go a long ways towards curbing both the grey and black markets.
If China Unicom does in fact receive the new iPhone before the year is out, it is very likely that their competitor, China Telecom will also be able to sell the device around the same time. Apple’s preference as of late has been to not stagger product launches, but rather make them available through as many channels as possible.