Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may launch the iPhone 5S and 5C in China two months after the launch of devices win the United States, claims a report from China’s First Financial Daily. Date for the release of the upcoming models in China is said to be November 28.
BrightWire News also gave the same date, citing the same analysts as First Financial Daily.
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Verification process still going on
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will launch the new gadgets in China after unveiling them in the United States because the next gen iPhone has not completed the verification process required by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The rumors about the China launch follow a Nikkei report that says Apple will launch its latest iPhone models in Japan on September 20, which is 10 days after the United States announcement.
The report also states that Qualcomm chips in the upcoming model will be compatible with China Mobile’s telecommunication network standard.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd (OTCMKTS:HNHPF) (TPE:2317), popularly known as Foxconn, may begin manufacturing a version of the iPhone 5C, in August, which will support the TDD-LTE used by China Mobile, claims a separate report.
At present the iPhone 5 is not supported on China’s TD-SCDMA standard.
Apple low end device, long waited
There have been speculations about a new low priced iPhone 5C to be launched this fall, covered in plastic skin, and available in multiple colors.
Katy Huberty of Morgan Stanley, and Steve Milunoich of UBS have forecast the price of the iPhone 5C to be around $399, based on estimates of revenue and earnings of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Analyst Ming-chi Kuo at KGI estimates that iPhone will be priced in a range between £230 ($360) and £320 ($499). Further, upcoming iPhone 5C will replace iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S will become the entry level iPhone which will in turn make it true budget iPhone. He says that, in the fourth quarter, the iPhone 5 series will come to an end andthe iPhone 5C phone will be a mid-range phone.
With Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) apparently launching two iPhones this fall, competitors like Sony Corporation (ADR)(NYSE:SNE) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) are also not far behind—the Korean electronics major is looking forward to launching a new large Galaxy Note Phablet.