It's widely known that Apple is hosting an event on September 10 where
the company is expected to announce the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, but
the company has not revealed any details except for sending a colourful
invite. However, Chinese telecom carrier, China Telecom seems to have
jumped the gun, putting out a post on micro-blogging website Weibo
through its official account, advertising pre-orders for the iPhone 5S
and the iPhone 5C.
The post, which was
by the Wall Street Journal was quickly pulled, however, screenshots of
the post are still in circulation. The Weibo post said that China would
be one of the first markets to receive the new iPhones, and that
customers can pre-order it through a page set-up for the purpose. The
post linked to the pre-order page that featured pictures of the two new
The post did clarify that no details about the phone had
been made public but users will get the new iPhones when they start
shipping. The images of the phones on the page appear to be mock-ups of
the new iPhones as they don't match any of the recently leaked photos.
The iPhone 5C is made to look like the iPhone 5 with different coloured
back plate complete with white glass strips.
The pre-orders page
is still up but has now been turned into a landing page with a message
that says "Looking forward to..." and asks consumers to leave their
names and telephone number to get notified. The website does not mention
the iPhone, but as the WSJ report notes, the last part of the URL of
the page reads "iphone5s.asp."
While it's known that Apple is now
shifting its focus to China, especially with the low-cost variant of
the iPhone, the iPhone 5C, as it's said to be holding a satellite event
in Beijing, as per an earlier
it marks a major change in its strategy as the iPhone usually takes
months to go on sale in the Chinese market. This would be the first time
that China features in the first phase of the iPhone's release, if the
post is true.
Apple's been focusing on the Chinese market for
quite some time as the world looks to the orient for emerging smartphone
users, with little scope for growth left in the developed markets.
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