Apple asks supplier to start shipping budget
Both the new and budget iPhones are likely to start being shipped early next month, sources close to the development informed The Wall Street Journal.
Apple Inc., according to sources, has asked assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (better known as Foxconn) to begin shipping the new phones in the aforementioned timeline. If what the sources told the website is true, then Apple would be launching two different iPhone models roughly around the same time – a first for the company.
Two iPhones coming this September?
Over the months, several rumours have surfaced hinting at several new aspects of the upcoming iPhone as well as the budget iPhone.
As for the upcoming iPhone, referred to as the iPhone 5S, rumours have been suggesting that it could come in different colours. Japanese website Macotakara had claimed to have pictures of the iPhone 5S with different-coloured back panels. The back panels seemed to have a very glossy style – uncharacteristic of Apple considering the matte finish that the iPhone 5 had. The website had also said that the phone will have a dual-LED flash.
The budget iPhone has been generating a lot of excitement too, especially since Apple products have for long been synonymous with the word “premium”. Earlier this month, MacRumors reported that according to one Chinese site the low-cost iPhone may sport the same 8MP sapphire crystal-coated camera as the iPhone 5. Chinese site IT168 also carried an image of a camera module and claimed that it. A recent report from China Labor Watch too shed some more light on the existence of a budget Apple iPhone. The PDF report from the labour group detailed upon the poor working conditions of workers at the Pegatron plant in Shanghai, as the company prepared to unveil a scaled-back, less expensive version of the iPhone.
If that wasn’t enough, a slim fit case reportedly managed to show up on Amazon. The image confirmed rumours that the smartphone will indeed sport elongated volume buttons on the side.
Rumours and speculations, tons of them, have always preceded major Apple announcements, and the upcoming iPhone is turning out to be no exception.[source:tech2]