Here’s another log to throw on the iPhone rumor bonfire: A report out of China claims the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be released in China approximately two months after their U.S. release.
China’s First Financial Daily is reporting that the release date is set for November 28. (Note that BrightWire News also is reporting this date, citing a telecommunications analyst, Yang Tao, who appears in the First Financial Daily report).
That would come about two months after the rumored global launch. The reason: the next-gen iPhone has not completed the verification process required by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the report said.
A recent report from Nikkei pegs the release date for Japan at September 20th, a mere 10 days after the expected U.S. announcement, and most likely the day the devices will be officially unleashed to the public in the U.S.
The Chinese report also claims that the Qualcomm chips used in the new iPhone will support China Mobile’s TDD-LTE network standard.
Recently, well-sourced analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, iMore editor in chief Rene Ritchie, 9to5Mac reporter Mark Gurman, and MG Seigler of TechCrunch have added additional weight to the idea of a gold iPhone, which is practically confirmed at this point.
The device is also expected to feature up to 128GB of storage, significant under-the-hood upgrades (including a new custom Apple A7 chip with 64-bit processing), dual-LED Flash, a larger battery, a vastly improved camera, and more. The device is expected to launch sometime this fall, with the most recent reports suggesting it will be unveiled at a September 10 media event.