iPhone 5S, 5C release date from Chinese whispers

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Following on from our earlier report this week which confirmed a surprise China event for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S and 5C launches, it appears that the juicy gossip is continuing to emerge from the Far East. We now have a potential launch date to give you for when the Chinese market may receive both new products, and it is pleasantly surprising to say the least.

To recap briefly, Apple will hold a satellite stream to the Chinese audience on September 11 – just one day after wrapping up their main festivities at the Apple Campus in Cupertino.

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This now suggests that Apple will partner with likes of China Mobile or China Telecom for a massive partnership but more importantly, it also suggests that the Chinese market will finally receive new iPhone product launches in the same bracket as when Apple traditionally launches in their primary target markets.

We have heard some very interesting whispers this week, suggesting that the China launch for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C devices could actually be on September 20 – a date that we’re also assuming applies for a Hong Kong launch as well.

What we don’t know at the moment though is whether this date, surfaced from China social site Sina, is attached specifically to a China launch, or whether September 20 is when we will see a iPhone 5S release date in the US and UK too.

These could be an accurate glimpse of iPhone 5C packaging [courtesy of Martin Hajek]

These could be an accurate glimpse of iPhone 5C packaging [courtesy of Martin Hajek]

It’s worth pointing out that related information posted by China Telecom, citing details that the carrier would soon provide the iPhone 5S and 5C to China consumers has since been removed. With just days to go until the big event, Apple shouldn’t really be trying to hide the fact that two big products are on the way soon.

Back to the main point though, is September 20 the global release date for the iPhone 5S and 5C or just China? Hopefully we’ll find out some more details for you in the next few days.

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