Apple's talks with potential Chinese carriers have snagged on disagreements about how to share revenue, according to Chinese news reports.
Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., reported last month that the sales of the popular iPhone helped to boost its latest quarterly earnings by 15% to $1.2 billion despite the U.S. economic slowdown.
An iPhone deal could help Unicom compete with giant China Mobile (CHL), which dominates the mobile market.
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