WSJ: two new iPhones due in early-September

By , Aug 19, 2013

iPhone 5C introduction (Martin Hajek 001)

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has apparently asked Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. – better known in the Western world under its Foxconn moniker – to start shipping new iPhones early next month. It’s going to be a crowded September: next month is IFA 2013 so expect gadget makers to flock to Berlin, Germany to talk new products.

And earlier in the morning, Bloomberg reminded us that Sony will be releasing a new Erisccon handset in September. Plus, we know from before that Samsung is gearing up to unveil a third-generation Note phablet and a rumored Galaxy Gear smarwatch at its own media event on September 4

The WSJ story asserts that “Apple has asked supplier Hon Hai to begin shipping a new high-end and low-end iPhone in early September.”

The high-end version should be called the iPhone 5S and a rumored low-end version is apparently named the iPhone 5C and comes with a rear plastic case in multiple colors.

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.

Stating the obvious, WSJ’s people familiar with the matter claim the shipping plans suggest that both new iPhones “could be launched as soon as next month, ” but cautioned that it isn’t clear whether the company would launch “both iPhones the same day or initially opt to showcase just one device”.

gold iPhone Shop Le Monde

The AllThingsD blog (owned by WSJ’s parent News Corp.) confirmed this morning that the iPhone 5S will be offered in a gold tone being described as “elegant” and “champagne, not ingot”. In our little non-scientific poll, roughly a third respondents said they’d buy their iPhone 5S with a gold colorway.

Earlier in the day, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimated that 5.2 million iPhone 5S and nearly 8.5 million budget iPhone units will be shipped during the third calendar quarter. But by the fourth quarter, the analyst forecasts 28 million iPhone 5S shipments and 18.7 million low-cost ones.

He expects the iPhone 5C to retail between $400 and $500 versus the $600-$700 price range for the unlocked iPhone 5S. The 5C, he said, will phase out the current iPhone 5.

Analysts have been saying for some time that a lower-cost iPhone – a device priced more aggressively than the unlocked $450 iPhone 4S and sold off-contract and unsubsidized – is very much needed at this point in the game, particularly in emerging countries such as China and India.

WSJ somehow thinks this points to “a strategy shift” as Apple attempts to “regain its momentum in the smartphone market” because the company “hasn’t previously announced different iPhone models around the same time”.

iPhone 5C (pink, front, Martin Hajek 001)

It’s seemingly unbeknown to the credulous paper that Apple’s never announced two new iPhone models simultaneously. Authors are also ignoring the fact that last year’s iPhone 5 was announced on September 14, becoming available a week later.

Apple is expected to share some iPhone-related news at a media event reportedly scheduled for September 10 so I’m not sure how a September iPhone announcement / release marks “a strategy shift” for anyone but WSJ’s click-hungry editors.

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  • Hideous

    My eyes vomit water whenever they see iOS 7.

    • Maxim∑

      So you never used iOS 7 in real life

      • Gorgonphone

        i have and its a devastatingly bad fail

      • Tristan

        I’d like to see you do better. Ready…set…Go!

      • Fool ^

        Kill yourself for such a stupid reply.

      • Gorgonphone

        yeah he is very 5rd grade…lol its sad

      • Guest

        5rd grade. Yep.

      • Gorgonphone

        that was funny i was thinking 3rd but then decided jit was more like 5th lol they got mixed up hah

      • Tristan

        “Kill yourself for such a stupid comment.” Real sad that you don’t know that that it’s actually 5th grade. I see you must still be in 3rd grade then.

      • Gorgonphone

        “Kill yourself for such a stupid comment.” lol i wish i could kill the IOS7 UI…

      • Cooknivesuck

        i love the way we formed a huge IDB voltron with john as the head and stamped out that infidel… i hope all other non conformists take that as their warning ..hahha you will be bullied and eliminated if you disagree

      • Guest

        Everybody can have their own opinions and not everyone’s opinion has to be the same as yours. I’m not a fan of iOS 7 either.

      • Cooknivesuck

        false !!! ON IDB you need to either agree or stay silent.. and we have a special john here that is our own mall cop and he keeps us safe from dessagriers.. I will be helping him to identify and weed out any and all humans who dont live ive or IOS7

    • Martin 

      Try using it first. Right now when I see iOS 6 on my friends phones it’s seems … old. Really love the new features and animations.

      • Gorgonphone

        i used it and it looks like a 6 year old girls doodles in art class

      • Chindavon

        Because it has colors? Oh the shame!

      • Sokrates

        I totally agree. Even OS X starts to feel old!

    • Chindavon

      That’s cuz you drank some spoiled Fandroid milk.

      • Hideous

        I’ve never even owned an android device and this had nothing to do with android, try again fanboy. You can do better than that come on now. Stupid fanboy trying to accuse others of being a fanboy. Fail.

      • Gorgonphone

        dont listen to them the are disciples of cook ‘n ive…. they will accept anything at all from cook ‘n ive and call it great that why apple will go down..

      • Chindavon

        If you’re on this site, U R a fanboy.

      • Hideous

        WRONG TWICE. Please stop. You’re embarrassing yourself.

      • Singed

        You are way too easy to insult. You don’t even need to try.

      • Chindavon

        These are insults? Please. Go eat at the kids table.

    • felixtaf

      FYI, Eyes don’t vomit water…

    • Gorgonphone

      mine too that IOS7 ugly UI is the biggest fail for IOS so far

  • Burge

    I can live with iOS 7 I can live with a cheap iphone ..But for the love of god Apple do not release a gold/champagne coloured iphone..if you do this Steve jobs with turn in his grave and come back to haunt you..

    • Sokrates

      I’ve got full confidence in Jonathan Ive.

    • 3aloo1

      Steve jobs will become a zombie lol

    • Cooknivesuck

      i like the gold iphone cause ive designed it and you should to

      • Burge

        Just because it’s a apple iphone in gold doesn’t mean I should like it.. It looks tacky and I hope they don’t do it..

      • TheJohn

        well i like it

  • Johnathan Jennings

    iOS 7 is getting so close!!!

    • Cooknivesuck

      you have a great name… reminds me of the great john I’ve

  • Erik

    As for me I don’t care about iOS 7. I’ve never used stock iPhone. Even when I got my first idevice I jailbroke it without even turning it on lol. Apple has nothing on Cydia themes.

    • Gorgonphone

      very true… i cannot use IOS without a jailbreak at all

    • Singed

      True dat.

  • Gorgonphone

    oh wow really…?! cool

  • Fanboyofapple

    I’ve heard this all before. “There’s gonna be two iPhones this fall…”. Why would they make a budget one when there already is a budget one? Makes no sense.

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      Because the unlocked and off-contract $450 iPhone 4S is two years old now. Apple needs a four-inch smartphone that sells off-contract for a reasonable price because not everyone lives in the US and not everyone buys their phones subsidized with a two-year contract. So it makes sense to target that demographics with an affordable iPhone that runs this year’s hardware

      • Sokrates

        Like India, China, Brazil, Turkey. Those are huge markets. Apple should better hurry, as the peers are releasing low cost smartphones.

      • 3aloo1

        Well maybe they also add middle east because many people use it
        Edit: if i am wrong please don’t down vote.

  • Matt

    Typo in second paragraph: Ericsson

  • Rudy

    Idb please stop deleting comments !! i really hate what he says but he has the right to express himself and i don’t like to see deleted comments. Thank You

    • Cooknivesuck

      IDB is one of those forums where the mods are emotionally vested in the feelings of certain members.. so if you disagree you cant be vocal .. Its best to just agree or be silent. So no they wont stop

  • @dongiuj

    Just 2 new iPhones?! What about everyone else who wants one?

    • Cooknivesuck

      hahahahah