An earlier report from WSJ mentioned that Apple is shipping the low-cost iPhone 5C to China for China Mobile, citing its sources. Now, Mingchi Kuo of KGI Securities mentions that China Mobile will introduce iPhone to its customers by the end of the year. It has been revealed that the world’s largest carrier has to roll out its TDD-LTE network completely, which could delay the launch of the iPhone until November.
A number of rumors suggested that this might be the first time Apple will release iPhone at the same time as US. It is also reported that Apple will introduce the FDD-LTE compatible iPhones first, while TDD-LTE compatible models for China Mobile could be delayed to November. The analyst also expect that Apple will introduce FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE models at the press event on September 10.
“As China Mobile hopes to use iPhone 5S as the flagship model for promoting its TDD-LTE network, it would come as no surprise if the TDD-LTE version of iPhone 5S launches before iPhone 5C,” Kuo said.
Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on Tuesday at a press event in Cupertino. The iPhone 5C is expected to be a low-cost version of iPhone 5 with plastic body and would be available in many colors. On the other hand, iPhone 5S is the refreshed model with hardware improvements – possibly A7 processor, fingerprint scanner and better camera – along with the same design as the current iPhone 5.
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