China Mobile drops hint of long-awaited Apple deal

Is a Apple-China Mobile finally in the works?

After years of wrangling, Apple may finally have struck an iPhone distribution deal with China Mobile, reported Tuesday.

The site posted a screen grab from a subsidiary of China Mobile, saying it had begun accepting preorders for the iPhone 5s and 5c—Apple's latest models. According to Fortune, it is the clearest indication yet that China Mobile and Apple had struck an accord after years of speculation and false-starts.

When the iPhone maker announced its new complement of smartphones, it was widely speculated that China Mobile's 740 million subscribers would be included in a deal. Yet nothing was announced.

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