Seeming to confirm all those rumours about the launch date for the next iPhones, The Wall Street Journal today reported that Apple has requested that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co start shipping both a new high-end and a new low-end iPhone early next month.
This would point to a new strategy for Apple, according to the Journal. This doesn’t mean when it comes to timing, though. Recently, the Cupertino California company has preferred the northern hemisphere autumn for unveiling new iPhone iterations – the iPhone 5 was released on 21 September 2012 and the 4S on 14 October 2011. The change in direction revolves around the number of new products. This would be the first time Apple has launched two phones at the same time.
AllThingsD reported a launch event has been set for 10 September and, if Apple remains true to form, that should mean we can expect one or both new phones to be actually available about 10 days later. It’s still not clear, however, whether Apple intends to unveil both the high end and low end phone on the exact same day.
The Wall Street Journal also noted that it looks like Samsung is hoping to steal some of Apple’s thunder by launching a new large-screen ‘Galaxy Note’ phablet, as well as a smart watch (dubbed ‘Galaxy Gear’) a week before the Apple event on 4 September.
by Macworld Australia staff