For the second time in a year Apple CEO Tim Cook has travelled to China, and for the second time the purposes of his visit are shrouded in mystery, speculation, and, of course, tech-world chatter about world domination. Cook has so far met with Industry and Information Technology Minister Miao Wei, according to the official ministry site, which released the photo above. The two talked about "the development of the information and communication industry in China, the global mobile communication and intelligent terminal industry development and innovation trends and Apple exchanged views on development in China," reads the ministry's vague update. And other than that, Apple has refused to release further details of Cook's trip, a spokesperson told Bloomberg News. Of course, that hasn't stopped the speculation. Some theories:
Expanding Plans to Dominate in China
The Mission: Get more stores into Chinese cities; visit a retail location.
Likelihood: High. When Cook visited last March, he talked about "even greater investment and growth" in the country. Apple has accomplished that in the last 10 months, doubling the number of Chinese locations from six to twelve. The company has only fulfilled a tiny part of its huge potential, according to analysts who suggest Apple could potentially open 400-500 stores there.