updated 06:38 am EDT, Mon October 14, 2013
Launch delayed due to China Mobile TD-LTE build-out
China Mobile will be receiving the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c early next month, if a photograph of a promotional poster is genuine. The launch on the largest Chinese carrier will apparently take place on November 11th, with the iPhone to be made available as one of the first devices to use its 100Mbps TD-LTE mobile network.
The reason for the delay on China Mobile compared to the rest of the world lies with its TD-LTE network. The carrier is still waiting for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to give the all-clear to the 4G network, reports Unwired View. The rest of the China Mobile network uses TD-SCDMA, a technology that no other carrier uses and the iPhone does not support, though the LTE network being constructed is thought to be the same as other 4G networks around the world.
The poster also ties into a recent job listing from Apple, requesting an engineering manager familiar with the TD-SCDMA 3G standard. This hints that Apple may end up making a version of newer iPhones that use the standard, due to the expected patchy nature of the new TD-LTE network.