The WSJ observes Apple (AAPL +0.8%) is stepping up its Chinese hiring. Open positions on LinkedIn include an environmental affairs program manager and a security specialist. The hiring activity comes amidst growing expectations a China Mobile deal is on the way. Apple has also been ramping its Taiwanese hiring.
On a podcast with fellow Apple uber-fan John Gruber, MG Siegler reports hearing "some sort of television product — not necessarily a television screen but something — could be coming as soon as this November." If the rumor pans out, a revamped Apple TV set-top, perhaps with Time Warner Cable integration and game controller support, is a good possibility.
In his latest report, KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo (previous) states the iPhone 5S' A7 CPU will deliver up to a 20% performance boost relative to the iPhone 5's A6, that the 5S' camera will have a bigger f/2.0 aperture (helps with low-light and sports shots), and that a 128GB model will be offered.