Carriers will start iPhone 5S pre-orders and iPhone 5C pre-orders next week, and plan to deliver them on an iPhone 5S release date soon after according to sources familiar with carrier plans.
No U.S. iPhone 5S pre-order plans have leaked, but a new report claims Chinese carriers are ready to take pre-orders. The news comes just days after one carrier slipped and started to take iPhone 5S pre-orders
Apple is hosting an iPhone 5S event on September 10th at the company’s headquarters in California and is also hosting a satellite event in Beijing, emphasizing the importance of the Chinese market and re-enforcing rumors that Apple plans a fast iPhone 5S release date in China, mirroring the U.S. iPhone 5S release date.
The latest news from Reuters which cites sources within Chinese carriers, calling attention to China Unicom and China Telecom. Apple reportedly wrapped up negotiations with China Mobile to carry the iPhone for the first time.
An un-named source at one of these carriers told Reuters, “There used to be a wait of a few months before Apple launches their latest products in China, but nowadays, China is too important a market for Apple and so it will be the first batch of markets to start selling the low and high-end iPhones next week.”
Apple did not confirm the new iPhone name on the event invitation, but speculation points to a flagship[ iPhone 5S and a cheaper option with multiple colors arriving with the iPhone 5C name. Photos of the designs and backs for both of these new iPhone models have leaked heavily in the last month.
The report claims that the current iPhone carriers in China plan to start iPhone 5S pre-orders later next week after the Apple event. These same carriers plan to deliver the iPhone 5S a week later. It’s possible that the carriers are speculating based on past Apple event to release timing, but with a rumored iPhone 5S release date just two weeks away, carriers may have some information from Apple.
While this report focuses on China, it lines up with what we expect form Apple in terms of the iPhone 5S release date and pre-order timing.
Apple’s iPhone event is set for September 10th, which means we should see iPhone 5S pre-orders on or around friday September 13th. If this plays out, the iPhone 5S release date will likely take place on September 20th across all U.S. carriers with sales in Apple Stores, carrier locations and retailers.
The iPhone 5S is expected to retain the same design and 4-inch display as the iPhone 5, but gain a new gold or champagne color option. The iPhone 5S will also likely gain a fingerprint reader that could secure the device and or individual apps. The iPhone 5C is reportedly a cheaper iPhone that uses a plastic back in multiple colors, but the same 4-inch Retina Display as the iPhone 5.