Apple is reportedly close to signing a deal to offer its iPhone 4 handset in mainland China.
The country's Caixin state newspaper cited sources at China Unicom in reporting that a deal will bring the handset to China sometime next month.
The launch will open the iPhone 4 to the largest mobile customer base in the world. Apple currently sells the iPhone 3GS models through China Unicom.
The Chinese operator has also reportedly secured a deal with Apple to offer the 3G-equipped iPad, although no timetable for a release was given.
The rumoured launch date is near Apple's self-imposed deadline for a fix to the iPhone 4's antenna hardware issues. The company is offering free 'bumper' cases until 30 September, when it has promised to provide a long-term fix.
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