The much-discussed deal between tech giants Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) could be the single largest near-term-growth driver for Apple.

The deal has been reportedly in the works for some time now, but to no avail. But a widely expected move from China Mobile next month has Apple observers once again thinking a deal could be coming soon.

Apple, meet China Mobile
According to reports, there have been multiple issues that have kept a deal between Apple and China Mobile from materializing.

For one, China Mobile reportedly wanted some kind of revenue-sharing agreement with Apple from app-store sales, an accommodation Apple has never made with any of its telecom partners.

Network standards have also kept Apple and China Mobile from linking up as well. Although Apple has been granted a license to operate on China Mobile by the Chinese government, the company's rollout of its 4G network still isn't fully complete. All that could change next month though.

In the video below, Motley Fool contributor Andrew Tonner looks at the possible news and what it could mean for Apple investors.