Apple has yet to announce this years iPhone, we are expecting the device to launch around September or October of this year, 12 months on from the launch of the iPhone 4S.
The handset will be Apple’s sixth generation iPhone, and if Apple follows its previous iPhone naming scheme the device will be called the iPhone 5, and it would appear that some Chinese vendors have already started taking orders for a device which has yet to be announced.
According to Reuters a number of sellers on Taoboa, which is part of Alibaba are already taking orders for the iPhone 5, although they have no idea when it will be available.
Sellers on Taobao, a unit of Alibaba Group, are accepting orders for the iPhone 5, in some cases asking for a deposit of 1,000 yuan ($160) for the new phone. One seller, “Dahai99888”, who started accepting pre-orders this week, is asking for full payment upfront, at a cool 6,999 yuan ($1,100).
Taobao sellers that Reuters spoke with said they planned to buy the iPhone 5 in Hong Kong or the United States and then bring it to mainland China. Apple products are often available in Hong Kong before they are released on the mainland.
We are expecting Apple to announce something about the new iPhone 5 around the end of August or start of September, as soon as we get some more information we will let you guys know.
Apple has now announced the iPhone 5, have a look at our article on the difference between the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 to see all about the new iPhone 5.
Source Mac Rumors
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