The Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumor season will be coming to a close soon now that the Cupertino, CA company has confirmed that it will indeed be unveiling its new phones at a press event on Tuesday. For all the rumor-mongering that I’ve personally done, it seems a shame that I will be spending the bulk of my day in international airport terminals—under the extra scrutiny of being a relatively young man who lives in Latin America, my bags properly violated before long—so I’ll be none the wiser regarding Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) news.
China offering Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
Today’s tidbit from rumor season suggests, courtesy of Apple Insider, that both China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHA) (HKG:0728) and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU) (HKG:0762) will both begin offering the “iPhone 5S” and “iPhone5C” as soon as September 20. This is quite the step forward on the calender as many experts/insiders had thought that neither would be able to offer these new additions to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s product line any earlier than October. The quotation marks around the phone models to be unveiled is simply a testament to remaining uncertainty as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has still said nothing.
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Suggestions regarding the release date of the new iPhones on the aforementioned carriers comes from a report by Chinese website Sina Tech, and a translation that appeared today via Apple Insider.
China Mobile to offer iPhone late
The same report suggests that the world’s largest mobile carrier, China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL) (HKG:0941), with over 800 million subscribers, will not be offering the new models until late October. That could even go well into November as the TD-LTE 4G compatible versions of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s next-generation handsets will need to go through regulatory approval—something quicker in China compared to the States, but nonetheless a process.
To round up from the rumor mill today, the iPhone 5S is reportedly going to be offered in four colors: white, black, a “champagne” shade of Gold and potentially graphite. The plastic-backed iPhone 5C is expected to be offered in white, red, green, blue, and yellow though there have been a number of photos showing a hot pink back “in the wild.”
Thankfully, come Tuesday the speculation should come to an end, at least until someone mentions the iWatch.