Mobile carrier China Mobile said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has expressed interest in developing an iPhone based on the Chinese carrier's network standard.
There have been talks over a possible iPhone tie-up with the carrier, which is developing its next-generation 4G standard known as TD-LTE mobile network technology, according to Reuters.
China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou was cited by China Daily as saying that the TD-LTE is being tested in seven cities and will go into commercial use "when the technology is mature, reports AFP.
Softbank, a Japan-based technology firm is planning to deploy the first commercial TD-LTE network in Japan by the end 2011, the newspaper quoted Jianzhou.
Meanwhile, in an another major event in San Francisco on Wednesday, the US, Apple CEO left his medical leave and came to unveil the much awaited iPad2, which is a refined second-generation tablet PC that squeezes more power into a thinner shell.
With two cameras and a same battery life as the original iPad, the new tablet is faster and thinner than its predecessor. It weighs just a bit less -- 1.3 pounds, compared with the original 1.5 pounds.
The iPad 2 will go on sale March 11 in the US and work on AT&T and Verizon Wireless.