Apple's Next China Challenge Comes From Local Smartphone Rivals

A Huawei Ascend Mate "phablet" Photograph by David Becker/Getty Images

Toward the end of last year, Apple scored two big breakthroughs in Asia. NTT Docomo, the No. 1 mobile operator in Japan, finally reached a deal with Apple in September to sell the iPhone in the world’s third-largest economy. And then China Mobile, the leading operator in the world’s second-largest economy, at last came to terms with Apple in December.

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