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iPhone 5S and 5C Expected to Launch in Japan on September 20

CNET summarizes a report [Google translation] from prominent Japanese business newspaper Nikkei claiming that both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will launch in Japan on Friday, September 20, ten days after the devices are expected to be unveiled at an Apple media event.
SoftBank and KDDI will handle sales of the iPhone 5S and 5C, according to Japan's largest business daily. NTT Docomo is not expected to sell the new iPhones, Nikkei added. [...]

In addition to the conventional black and white models, a new "champagne gold" will be offered, the newspaper said. This reinforces widely-reported rumors about that color option for the iPhone 5S.

The 5S is expected to come with an upgraded processor and camera as well as fingerprint reader integrated into the home button, according to the report.
September 20 has been widely speculated to be the date for the first wave of launches for Apple's new iPhone models, based on past history. Apple typically launches its new iPhones in the United States and several other markets roughly a week and half after they are introduced, and with a September 10 media event all but confirmed, September 20 is viewed by many as the most likely launch date.

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Prototype iPhone 5S (left) vs. iPhone 5 (right)

Last year, Apple introduced the iPhone 5 at a media event on September 12, with the first round of launches taking place on September 21 in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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14 months ago

The only thing Apple did not do was to increase the size to 5 inches.


Me, too. No more iphones until they grow up and join the 21st C.


I cry a little inside when I don't hear rumors of a bigger screen this close to the reveal.


Really with these size queens, jeez :p
Rating: 16 Votes
14 months ago

I cry a little inside when I don't hear rumors of a bigger screen this close to the reveal.

Android here I come...


Au revoir
Rating: 16 Votes
14 months ago

I'm still really up in the air about what I'm going to do with my upgrade. If the iPhone 5S doesn't wow me, I might be ditching the iPhone.

Had iPhones since 2007, but the last few releases have been really disappointing.


Um, the last few includes the 4, which was and still is a marvelous piece of technology.
Rating: 13 Votes
14 months ago

I cry a little inside when I don't hear rumors of a bigger screen this close to the reveal.

Android here I come...


It should've been obvious with leaks of the 5S from a few months ago.

Well goodbye, then.
Rating: 11 Votes
14 months ago

I cry a little inside when I don't hear rumors of a bigger screen this close to the reveal.

Android here I come...


People are still whining about screen size?

If you want a laptop, get a laptop. Phones are supposed to be small.

The screen size is fine.
Rating: 10 Votes
14 months ago
I cry a little inside when I don't hear rumors of a bigger screen this close to the reveal.

Android here I come...
Rating: 9 Votes
14 months ago
I'm still really up in the air about what I'm going to do with my upgrade. If the iPhone 5S doesn't wow me, I might be ditching the iPhone.

Had iPhones since 2007, but the last few releases have been really disappointing.
Rating: 9 Votes
14 months ago

So far, the earliest MR join date has been 2006, yet most posters seem to be Apple experts.


Because it's impossible for anyone to know anything about Apple before joining MacRumors.
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago

I'm still really up in the air about what I'm going to do with my upgrade. If the iPhone 5S doesn't wow me, I might be ditching the iPhone.

Had iPhones since 2007, but the last few releases have been really disappointing.


The last few releases, 3GS->4 (retina display, better camera, front camera, glass body, huge), 4->4S (single to dual core, 2x as fast, big update to camera, huge), 4S->5 (again 2x as fast, 16:9 screen, new design with thinner aluminium body)

The only thing Apple did not do was to increase the size to 5 inches.
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago

I'm guessing the colored models will be very popular. They will be good enough and be cheap (for an iPhone)
Why will anyone buy the flagship iPhone?


Some people just want the best phone. The clincher could be:

-- Slightly better internals with latest processor
-- Improved camera
-- Fingerprint unlocking
-- Availability of alluring champagne color
-- The only phone with 128GB option

Any single one of the above five features, could be enough to sway some people towards the flagship 5S.

But for millions, the 5C will be a very attractive option. If at a minimum 16GB, count me in.
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