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Shipments of New iPhone Models Begin Arriving in the U.S. Ahead of Next Week's Media Event

With Apple having issued invitations for its September 10 media event where it is expected to introduce its next-generation iPhone 5S and 5C models, MacRumors has learned from a reliable source that the company has already begun shipments of at least some of the new hardware into the United States.

As is not unheard of for the company, Apple is already beginning to stockpile units in the United States for quick distribution to carrier partners, other third-party retail partners, and its own channels. With the new iPhone hardware expected to be introduced at next Tuesday's media event, Apple's pattern with previous releases suggests that the new models would launch in the U.S. and other first wave countries about a week and a half later, with Friday, September 20 being the most likely date.

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Packaged iPhone 5C units

C Technology, which has been posting a number of photos of alleged iPhone 5C units, packaging, and manuals, has also claimed on its Sina Weibo account (via @MobilesPie) that 1.2 million iPhone 5C units were shipped to the United States yesterday.

With the packaged iPhone 5C units showing up in a number of photographs over the past few days, it seems reasonable to believe that the device may indeed be ready for shipment ahead of next week's media event. Little to no specific evidence of iPhone 5S units being ready for shipment has been seen, and it is unclear whether that device is included in the U.S. shipments we are hearing about.

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14 months ago
Where are all the "No way Apple would ever release that plastic garbage!" people now?? :rolleyes:
Rating: 32 Votes
14 months ago
wow. nothing left up the imagination anymore. i was looking forward to some surprises at the keynote. i still check this site 200 times a day though :rolleyes:
Rating: 28 Votes
14 months ago

I'm glad to hear units are arriving already and all...

But that 5C packaging is hopefully fake, it all looks like cheap Chinese ripoff packaging.


It looks like the current iPod packaging.

Rating: 26 Votes
14 months ago

Please, god, let there be 32gig models.


Not going to happen. 16GB for the 5C, 5S starts at 32GB. That will help differentiate the two models.
Rating: 20 Votes
14 months ago
In the keynote:

"... and you can get yours today"

/applause/
Rating: 16 Votes
14 months ago
It's evident that with Tim's doubling down on security, we are almost at the point where we will be able to track the shipment of the 5C units from all the way from Foxconn.
Rating: 8 Votes
14 months ago
This means they are already loaded with iOS7 GM.

Wonder when they started flashing it. This time last week? 1.2million devices flashed with firmware could be quite a bit of man/machine hour.

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I'm glad to hear units are arriving already and all...

But that 5C packaging is hopefully fake, it all looks like cheap Chinese ripoff packaging.


Looks like typical Apple iPod packaging.
Rating: 8 Votes
14 months ago

It's already confirmed by ctechcn that the 5C has 16/32/64GB devices, do more research before saying not going to happen.


Until Apple official announces the product, everything (including ctechcn) is speculation and rumors.
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago
Am I the only one who likes this design? Because ive seen a lot of hate on this phone.. >_>
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago

What does the "C" stand for - cheap?


Wow you're the very first person to come up with that! C is for congrats and a cookie.
Rating: 6 Votes

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