That Apple may venture into gaming with acquisition of Prime Sense, a 60 billion industry.
CHL intent was not to announce Apple out of courtesy for the global partners who have been with them for a while. Doing so will insult the veterans since Apple is a rookie. So. Apple will have a day in the sun by itself.
Buyback or no buyback, everyone including TC like to see a higher stock price. That is exactly what management is shooting for. When the opposite happens, then support t he price by buyback but not the other way around, ie. increase stock price by buyback. Market forces are so strong they always prevail and difficult to manipulate to one's advantage for a period of time IMHO.
Inspite of pricey products compared to others, how come Apple is the leading brand in the world? That means there are other factors that attracted people to the brand. If this is true, it can work with China Mobile.