Apple iPhone 5 4G LTE To Launch In China Next Year?

Tim Cook, the second in line to Steve Jobs and Apple's Chief Operating Officer, was apparently spotted yesterday at China Mobile's headquarters, possibly to discuss the future of the iPhone in China.

The mobile phone operator is the biggest in China (and possibly in the world when it comes to customer count). Since the iPhone 4 is already "end-of-line" and Cook is not your usual salesperson, one can expect that talks were centered around the forthcoming uber-important iPhone 5 launch instead.

As mentioned by MICgadget, Wang Jianzhou the CEO of China Mobile, has already confirmed that the operator will begin commercial trials of 4G TD-LTE next year, although he stopped short of saying when the commercial deployment would take place.

Unlike the rest of the world. China uses its own version of CDMA, called TD-SCDMA. Cook's visit to China almost confirms that, like the N9, Apple will be a true global world phone supporting four GSM and five CDMA bands altogether.

This will also significantly boost the appeal of the iPhone 5 in the biggest mobile market in the world. This in turn might also send prices of the device at launch, rocketing, especially if, as we expect, demand will outstrip supply as it did last year.