We know that Tim Cook has already met with China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier, and now he’s back in China talking up the low-cost iPhone 5C, according to a new report. The meetings were first discussed by iFeng.com, a Chinese news outlet that said Cook is holding meetings with “high level” China Telecom employees, which might be the first carrier in China to offer the phone, though China Mobile is also on Cook’s itinerary.
Apple needs a renewed focus on China, particularly as local vendors and Samsung run away with its market share in the country. The iPhone 5C is expected to be the company’s more affordable budget handset, which could make it more attractive to consumers who otherwise can’t afford the more expensive iPhone 5S. China Mobile, meanwhile, hasn’t offered an iPhone yet.
The iPhone 5C is expected to break cover at the same time that Apple unveils the iPhone 5S. It will likely launch in other emerging markets, such as India, and will be offered in a variety of colors.