The price of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares slid nearly two percent Wednesday morning due, most likely, to two disappointing developments in China. For the last month rumors have been swirling that China Mobile would announce the availability of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on its network, which it did not do; and Jabil Circuit, a parts provider for Apple, issued earnings guidance that fell far short of expectations.
Investors and enthusiasts alike were expecting China Mobile, the world's largest wireless carrier, to announce that it would begin selling Apple's iPhones on December 18th, despite the fact that neither Apple nor China Mobile ever officially confirmed today as the launch date. The speculation was bolstered by China Mobile's December 18th launch date of its 4G network, which it did in fact carry out. Despite the lack of an announcement, analysts do not appear alarmed. In a note to