Apple could launch its new iPhones shortly after their expected announcement at Apple’s September 10th event. According to Japan’s Nikkei, both the iPhone 5S and plastic iPhone 5C will launch in Japan on September 20th with Apple’s current partner carriers SoftBank and KDDI. A corroborating report by Greece’s Techmaniacs suggests a similar date for the launch in Greece.
It’s likely that Japan and Greece will be part of a larger global launch that will likely include both Canada and the U.S. as well as other countries.
A launch shortly after the announcement would not be without precedent. A number of recent iOS devices have launched just days after their respective announcements. For example, the Apple iPhone 5 was announced on September 12th, 2012 and went on sale in the first wave of countries on September 21st. Pre-orders began on September 14th.
The Nikkei report is the latest to suggest that Apple will launch a golden variant of the iPhone 5S with 128GB of internal storage. The iPhone 5S itself is expected to look much like the current iPhone 5 but should sport a faster processor, an improved camera with dual-LED flash and perhaps even a fingerprint scanner. The iPhone 5C is expected to launch with a plastic case available in a variety of colours. It could replace the iPhone 5 in Apple’s iPhone lineup with the iPhone 5S taking on the role of flagship device.
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