China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier with over 700 million subscribers, finally started selling Apple’s iPhone earlier today.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was in China for the launch event, and apparently handed out autographed iPhones to China Mobile customers along with China Mobile’s Chairman Xi Guohua.
Bloomberg reports that people asked Tim Cook about the company’s plans to launch an iPhone with a bigger screen and use of flexible displays.
“We never talk about future things,” Cook said. “We have great things we are working on but we want to keep them secret. That way you will be so much happier when you see it.”
It has been widely rumored that Apple will launch iPhone 6 with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens to compete with Android based smartphones from rivals like Samsung that come with a larger screen.
Tim Cook has previously downplayed the need for Apple to launch an iPhone with a bigger screen as he felt it comes with a lot of tradeoffs. Here’s what he had to say at AllThingsD’s D11 conference few months back:
When you look at the size, but they also look at things like do the photos show the proper color? The white balance, the reflectivity, battery life. The longevity of the display. There are a bunch of things that are very important. What our customers want is for us to weigh those and come out with a decision. At this point we think the Retina Display is the best.
In a hypothetical world where those tradeoffs didn’t exist, you could see a bigger screen as a differentiator.
We can’t wait to see the “great things” Apple has in store for us. I really hope it includes iPhone with a bigger screen.