One Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) partner is jumping ahead of the game by taking pre-orders for the unannounced iPhone 6. China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL) (HKG:0941) is already accepting pre-orders via an online registration system.
Carrier preps for Apple iPhone 6 launch
The pre-order page also indicates the iPhone 6 will come in two sizes including a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch version. The mobile service is only taking orders from customers in Beijing. As of Tuesday evening, it was said over 30,000 orders were placed. It is rumored Apple will officially unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9th. It isn’t known if that will include the larger phablet style phone or not. Previous rumors indicated the tech giant may delay the larger version because of supply issues.
It isn’t too clear when Apple will launch the iPhone 6 in China, however a source close to the matter reported the device could be available in the market by mid-September. China Mobile is one of the largest and most significant phone carriers in the world with nearly 800 million subscribers. This service is the key to helping Apple take a significant part of the market. It also helps that China Mobile released 4G LTE earlier this year and now has a subscriber base totaling at 20 million.
Mobile payments system could be highlight for iPhone 6
Other notable Apple related rumors report Apple may sign deals with finance giants including Visa, American Express, and MasterCard to simplify the mobile payments program. According to a recent report from Bank Innovation, Apple is currently talking to big-name retailer Nordstrom about a possible partnership involving a mobile payments system.
Nordstrom also reportedly upgraded its point-of-sale (POS) terminals for mobile systems, more specifically for iOS 8 and the upcoming iPhone 6. This report comes from one Nordstrom employee who wishes to be anonymous. This report could be a real possibility, especially if Apple wants to dominate the mobile payments market as rumored.