Apple Asks Foxconn to Ship High and Low-End iPhones in Early September

Apple has asked Foxconn to begin shipping new high-end and low-end iPhones in early September, claims The Wall Street Journal. The report echoes previous rumors that Apple will release a new iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone 5C that comes with a plastic back available in numerous colors.

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Rendering of low-cost iPhone

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.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S and 5C at a media event on September 10th, alongside the final unveiling of the iOS 7 operating system.

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sulpfiction Avatar
141 months ago
And give us a tracking #.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ryth Avatar
141 months ago


What does that mean "shipping in early September"? Anyone know?
That means that they've asked Foxconn to start shipping the palettes of iPhone 5S and 5C to Apple warehouses and distributors for a launch sometime in September after the announcement. Basically they are deploying the massive quantities of the iPhone to where they need to be for launch, whether that is warehouses for Apple, Verizon, Spring, AT&T, T-Mobile, or other worldwide carriers/distributor warehouses. These phones have been assembled for probably a few weeks and have been packaged/boxed and put on palettes. I'd love to see Foxconn's warehouse and their stock of this stuff and then the massive truck rollout to the airports and shipping companies.



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This might be a stupid question, but why can't someone just talk to a worker on the assembly line and get new information on the iPhone?
Go ahead and walk into Foxconn if you can. It's a fortress city. And no employee there is going to risk their job. It's actually good pay and benefits for that nation.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Defender2010 Avatar
141 months ago
This might be a stupid question, but why can't someone just talk to a worker on the assembly line and get new information on the iPhone?

Since we love this one!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CrAkD Avatar
141 months ago
Mark my words iPhone 5c is going to sell like freaking wild fire. Every kid is going to want a colored iPhone.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thelead Avatar
141 months ago
Time for me to retire my sg2 and get my first iPhone. I am so over android and their "updates".
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djra8 Avatar
141 months ago
maybe apple should ask their suppliers about the freaking macbook pro.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)