The meeting came two days before China Mobile was scheduled to begin selling iPhones to its 760 million subscribers.
In the U.S., investors have been placing bets on whether the China Mobile deal will enable Apple to win back the share it has been losing to Korean and Chinese manufacturers in the world's largest mobile phone market.
"As of this weekend we will be selling iPhones in more than 3,000 additional locations," Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal. "China Mobile already has a reach to many cities that Apple does not have a reach to."
The Journal quoted China Mobile CEO Xi Guo-hua saying that "millions" of Apple's iPhones already have been ordered by the carrier's customers.
That's not what CNBC's Eunice Yoon heard. In the story accompanying her video report, she wrote that between Dec. 25 and Jan. 13 China Mobile had received 1.2 million pre-orders, or 60,000 per day.
In a separate report Tuesday, the Journal reported, citing "a person familiar with the matter," that Foxconn had shipped 1.4 million iPhones to China Mobile.
iPhones are also being assembled for Apple by Pegatron, a Taiwanese manufacturer.
In a December survey of Apple analysts, estimates for how many iPhones Chine Mobile would sell in 2014 ranged from 5 million to 39 million.
Apple shares, which closed at $546.49 Tuesday, up $10.66 (2%), added another $10 overnight.
A rare look at a key Apple executive who usually stays well out of the limelight.
FORTUNE -- I can't swear that Peter Oppenheimer's nine and a half minutes before the cameras in the attached YouTube video is the first televised press conference of his 17-year career at Apple (AAPL), but I've never seen him do another.
Apple's chief financial officer -- the man in charge of the company's umpteen billions -- is usually MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 18, 2013 7:05 AM ET
The company was quick to post the "Antennagate" press conference. It's about that link ...
[UPDATE: The problem I describe below was fixed shortly after this was posted, which may explain why so many readers suggested in their comments that I'd finally lost my marbles.]
I'm as sick of writing about the iPhone 4's antenna as you probably are of reading about it. But since nobody else seems to have taken note MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 18, 2010 9:55 AM ET
A sampling of opinions -- the good, the bad and the ugly
Given how much attention Apple (AAPL) was getting before Steve Jobs' "Antennagate" press conference Friday -- CNBC greeted it with a countdown clock and eight simultaneous talking heads -- it's not surprising that his performance got widely reviewed. We counted 131 headlines on Techmeme Saturday morning, not including the 52 links to live blogs of the event.
Reactions were predictably MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 17, 2010 6:52 AM ET
Several scenarios have been proposed. This is the one that sounds best to us.
Apple (AAPL) has finally acknowledged that its new iPhone has a serious public relations problem, and the company has responded by scheduling -- with extraordinarily short notice -- a Friday press conference on its campus in Cupertino, Calif.
The plan is to get what it considers the key media outlets and opinion makers in technology in the same MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 15, 2010 6:59 AM ET
Invites reporters on short notice to Cupertino for an extraordinary press conference
After three weeks of mixed reviews, user complaints, short-tempered e-mails, class-action lawsuits, falling share prices and ribbing from late-night comedians, Apple (AAPL) seems to have woken up to the fact that it has a problem.
On Wednesday afternoon its PR staff began contacting reporters to invite them to a special event Friday at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 14, 2010 10:57 PM ET
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