It hasn’t even been a year since the original iPhone 5 hit stores, but walk by any Apple store today and you’ll find winding lines filled with customers ready to sign phone contracts and shell out a significant amount of cash for the latest version. Today, both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C became available, first online at 12:01 a.m. PT and then in stores at 8:00 a.m. local time.
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Apple has confirmed that it is holding an event on Sept. 10, sending out media invites for what is widely expected to bring the launch of at least one new iPhone model.
The event will be held on the Apple campus, starting at 1 p.m., ET, and will present a key moment for Apple to fight back growing concern that it is losing its innovative touch, nearly two years after the death of its iconic co-founder and chief executive, Steve Jobs.
The company’s smartphone is just about due for its annual refresh, but analysts are expecting that the firm may have at least one extra surprise up its sleeve in the form of a cheaper iPhone aimed at more price-conscious consumers.
Put this in the rumor hopper: A report out China claims that the iPhone 5S and 5C will be released in China about two months after the release in the US.
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 “expert,” Yang Tao, who appears in the First Financial Daily report).