A Chinese carrier has seemingly rubber-stamped the names ‘iPhone 5C’ and ‘iPhone 5S’ for the next-gen Apple smartphones, as the hype around the handsets reaches fever-pitch ahead of Tuesday’s launch event.
The putative titles for the low-cost iPhone 5C and premium iPhone 5S, were apparently (inadvertently?) confirmed in an update on China Telecom’s customer-service Twitter-style micro-blogging site.
According to Tech in Asia, the post stated that China “has been chosen as [the] first country where the iPhone 5S/5C will be shipped!"
The loose-lipped boast follows months of leaks about Apple’s plans to christen its phones and speculation about what these tell us about their respective feature sets.
As with earlier iPhones, such as the iPhone 4S, the fact that the tech giant is using the name ‘iPhone 5S’ rather than 'iPhone 6' is seen as a sign that we’re in for an iterative update that differs little from the iPhone 5.
Conversely, the ‘C’ in ‘iPhone 5C’ is thought to stand for ‘colour’, a theory bolstered by reams of shots of brightly hued rear shells intended for the handset that have done the rounds on tech sites.
The iPhone 5C, which is shaping up to be first-ever pay as you go iPhone and features a cheaper plastic shell, is thought to be aimed principally at markets in the developing world, with take-up expected to be especially marked in China.
Both phones are set to tip up on September 10th and could feature fingerprint technology embedded in the home button to make things harder for would-be smartphone thieves.
Tech in Asia