Apple has asked Foxconn to begin shipping both new high-end and low-end iPhones in early September, claims The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the plans. The report corroborates with earlier claims that Apple will unveil a new iPhone 5S and a low-cost iPhone 5C for emerging markets in various colors.
Apple Inc. has asked assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. to begin shipping both a new high-end and low-end iPhone in early September, people familiar with the matter said.
Apple’s suppliers in Asia started mass-producing components in June for both a standard iPhone featuring a metal casing and a lower-cost version, people who work at those companies said.
Based on past rumors, the iPhone 5S will supposedly have a same size screen and the same body design, an upgraded 12 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, an A7 SoC, and a fingerprint sensor placed underneath a home button for added security. New color option “Gold” will be made available in addition to White and Black.
The iPhone 5C, on the other hand will be a medley of iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 5G and iPhone 5. In fact, Apple has taken the design elements from all three devices and mashed them to create a new product – “iPhone 5C”.
The low-cost iPhone is reportedly manufactured by using the high-quality polycarbonate plastic and is claimed to be slightly thicker than the current iPhone 5. This low-cost iPhone is expected to arrive in various color options such as green, blue, yellow, and red.
The next-generation iPhones’ would be coming at a time when there’s more competition in the market. Both Samsung and Sony have positioned their event on September 4th, where they are expected to announce high-end smartphones such as Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia i1 Honami.
Apple is expected to launch both the iPhone 5S and 5C at a media event on September 10th.