iPhone 5 Pre-orders Start … in China
There is no iPhone 5 release date and Apple hasn’t so much as mentioned the next iPhone, but that isn’t stopping a Chinese retailer from offering the iPhone 5 for pre-order.
Kotaku spotted the early iPhone 5 pre-order sales on Chinese site Sohu, which includes a sign placed in the store with what looks like an iPod Touch blown up to massive levels and a smaller page with the old iPhone 5 teardrop design taped to the poster.
Apple just announced availability of the new iPad in China on July 20th, but so far we haven’t heard about an exclusive early launch of the iPhone 5 in China.
The iPhone is a major deal in China, and demand for a real iPhone 5 will likely be high when the official release date is announced. Until then, this entrepreneurial retailer is the only place taking iPhone 5 pre-orders. As Apple makes a major push into China, it may prove difficult for small retailers like this to offer up grey market iPhones.
iPhone 5 Release Date & Pre-Orders
Apple typically does not start pre-orders until after the iPhone is announced. Apple usually starts taking pre-orders for the iPhone a week ahead of the official release date. We currently expect an iPhone 5 release date in September or October, with a middle of October release looking most promising.
Users hoping to pre-order the iPhone 5 on day one can start saving $2 a day to pay cash for the iPhone. The iPhone 5 pre-orders will likely sell out within a few days, as pre-orders typically top 1 million in the first day. Based on the iPhone 4S launch, it wouldn’t be surprising to see iPhone 5 pre-orders start in early October.
iPhone 5 Rumors
The iPhone 5 rumors point to a thinner iPhone 5 with a taller 4-inch display and 4G LTE connectivity. The iPhone 5 might look like the TechnoBuffalo concept video below with a metal back.
Less solid rumors suggest that the iPhone 5 will have a quad-core processor and feature NFC connectivity for mobile payments and PassBook support.