2008 Apple Shareholder’s Meeting – March 4, 2008
One of the questions asked during today’s Apple Shareholder’s Meeting was about the status of iPhone launch in Asia and Apple’s negotiations with China Mobile. And how important China might be to Apple’s 10 million iPhones in 2008 goal.
Steve Jobs answered first – “We plan to, and expect to sell 10 million phones this year.”
Tim Cook added that iPhone would be in Asia in 2008, and would, at some point, be in India and China. Yet Tim Cook also emphasized that Apple was not announcing any specific launch plans today.
Steve Jobs then tapped Tim Cook on the shoulder and with a grin said “I think we are in China now.” Jobs may have been reminding Tim that Apple is already selling iPods and Macs in China … but most in the audience took it to mean the 400,000 unlocked iPhones already in China and they laughed.
Tim Cook said that the unlocked iPhones in China today show how much demand there is in China and India, and that the company wants to sell there, and will sell there.
Steve Jobs then addressed the China Mobile negotiations rumors. He reiterated that much ado (about nothing) has been made in the press about talks with China Mobile … and that “you should not believe everything you are reading.” Steve Jobs also repeated his comment (made during his Jan 15 interview with Jim Goldman) that “there has been only one (1) meeting with a single China Mobile representative.”
Rather than focus on China, Steve Jobs and Tim Cook were careful to state that iPhone would be “coming to Asia” this year. They were also clearly downplaying any notion of “hot and heavy” negotiations with China Mobile.
Tim Cook stated that “we are in talks with many carriers” and that iPhone would “be in China” but seemed to imply that this may not be the first nation in Asia to launch iPhone.
Based on my own research, I believe we will first hear about the Pacific Rim group of nations under the Singapore Telecommunications consortium. For more analysis and likely nations to be launched first see – link>