Is This the Chinese Release Date for the Next iPhones?
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) upcoming iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models will land in China on November 28, according to a recent report from the China-based First Financial Daily via CNET. This launch date is over two months after the new iPhones will debut in the U.S. if the insider sources cited by AllThingsD are correct.
According to CNET, the First Financial Daily report suggests that China’s delayed iPhone launch may be due to a bureaucratic hold-up as the device still needs to be approved by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The Chinese news daily also states that the new iPhone models will support China’s TD-SCDMA network.
Although the report claims that the new iPhones will be compatible with China Mobile’s (NYSE:CHL) network, it doesn’t confirm that a deal between Apple and China Mobile has yet been reached. However, First Financial Daily notes that China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua recently stated that negotiations with Apple are progressing very well and “the two sides are expected to achieve cooperation in the future.”