Ordering iPhone 5 without specs

You can always count on China to produce a daily source of amusement and we couldn’t help but share with you this latest discovery. The iPhone 5 is obviously still very much an unofficial product, but that hasn’t stopped one store in China from already accepting pre-orders for the device!

We’re not joking either. Although it is likely that Apple will take to the stage at a special event during Fall this year, the iPhone 5 remains the subject of rumor and speculation. One store in China isn’t taking any chances though it seems, as eager shoppers in China can now pre-order the device, allbeit based on rumored specifications.

An image of the advertisement from the store has popped up on Chinese website Sohu, but unfortunately the details I’ve translated from Chinese doesn’t appear to offer the information we’re after. For example, there’s no pre-order price attached to the poster, or the actual name of the Chinese store that is taking pre-orders on the iPhone 5.

Also, there’s no details on where this store is located, ie. whether it is based in Shenzhen or further into mainland China, so pretty disappointing in all. Still though, can you believe the audacity that this store is going to in order to beat off competition from rival stores?

There’s also the very possibility that this store somehow knows that the iPhone 5 is definitely coming in October. Given the crazed nature of shoppers in the country, we can guarantee that a handful of consumers have already thrown their Chinese Yuan at the store in order to reserve their device on the waiting list.

What happens if we don’t see an iPhone in the Fall? Does the store have a professional way of refunding all of the customers in a civilized manner? We say civilized as the type of queues and even fighting we’ve seen in previous iPhone launches was anything but civilized, so the store is certainly taking a big risk in a way.

What do you make of this? Do you think we’ll see any US-based stores following suit, or is this crazy idea staying exclusive to shoppers in China we wonder. For those asking, the image above is taken from the poster in question, but actually uses the iPhone 4/4S, not some early model of the iPhone 5.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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actually it happened with the iphone 4s. a website was taking pre orders before it had even been announced and they called it the iphone 5. you had to pay £150 deposit as they had claimed that they had a load of units available then you pay the balance(despite not knowing the full price)once it has been released. this could have been a scam etc but it shows that the concept is not that stupid so i think that more and more stores/websites will take to this approach with apple products in the future which will only help apple’s pr



Harvie Loveland

but that is just a picture of the 4th gen ipod touch? labelled as iphone 5 above it

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