Apple CEO Tim Cook plays hide-and-seek in China
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, is currently visiting China. He has so far been to Apple’s Beijing store, where he has even allowed some customers to take photos with him. Aside from that, he has met with the Beijing Mayor, and probably some other Chinese officials. Reports from outside the mainland claim that these meetings have something to do with Apple’s plan to invest in China, though in what exactly remains to be seen.
Officials from China Unicom and China Telecom, Apple’s current two partners in selling the iPhone in China, were expecting to meet with Tim Cook. However, the CEO’s whereabouts in China have become secret this morning, Sina reports.
There were also some rumors that Tim Cook would meet with China Mobile officials as well, however employees at all three major Chinese carriers say that they haven’t seen Tim Cook in their offices so far. They speculate that meetings might take place at another location, but nothing’s sure so far.
This sudden secrecy is quite strange. However, it now seems pretty clear that previous rumors suggesting Cook’s visit in China had everything to do with negotiating with the aforementioned carriers for sales of the upcoming iPhone were just that – rumors. It may in fact be way too early to negotiate about the next iPhone at the moment.
So then, if Tim Cook isn’t in China to meet with his company’s biggest partners over there, what exactly is he doing? The aforementioned investment plan seems like it’s the No.1 thing on his agenda, whatever it may turn out to be.
Apple unsurprisingly refused to disclose Cook’s itinerary and the purpose of his visit in China.