iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to Launch in China on November 28?

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    Apple is rumored to launch the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in China on November 28th for 5,599 yuan ($914.69) and 3,399 yuan ($555.23) respectively, according to a report from Chinese news outlet First Financial Daily [Google Translate] (via CNET). The report cites telecommunications analyst Yang Tao, and states that the phone would be released later in China than the rumored global launch because of the verification process by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology that all new devices must go through.

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    The report also states that the phone will support China's TD-SCDMA standard, which will theoretically make the phone compatible with the network of China Mobile, which is currently the world's largest carrier and has so far not offered the iPhone. Last week, a report stated that recent talks between China Mobile and Apple have been "progressing smoothly" and that the two sides are optimistic about reaching an agreement for the carrier to offer the phone.

    Earlier this week, prominent Japanese business newspaper Nikkei claimed that both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C would launch in Japan on September 20, which is also widely speculated to be the date for the first wave of launches for Apple's new iPhone models based on past history. Apple appears set to unveil its next-generation iPhones on September 10.

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    that late??
     
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    iPhone 5C for 555$? Doesn't seem to be cheap to me...:rolleyes: Apple needs to go much lower, something about 400$.
     
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    The 5C is priced well under the price of the Galaxy S4 in China with the 5S priced above it.

    Should sell well.
     
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    its always released in US, France, UK, Germany and Canada? first
     
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    China, s.Korea, Taiwan, and one other always release apple products two months later. Always.

    the prices are astonishing. Very very very few people in mainland China make that much in a month. The middle class aren't that well-off....
     
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    Apple doesn't make cheap products.
     
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    Well.. you also need to look at the high price of the 5S in china ($915). If you normalize the prices (keeping the same 5C to 5S price ratio) to the $650 expected US price the 5C would be about $395.
     
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    $555 for the cheap iphone?:eek: how's that cheap? just another way to steal money i guess:rolleyes:
     
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    Exactly. And that ratio makes a lot of sense.
     
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    Considering the Champagne and 5C are targeted at the Chinese markets, I was guessing Apple would've bent over backwards to introduce them at the earliest possible date. Last week of November seems too far!
     
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    Who is stealing? Did someone make you buy an iPhone, forcefully?
     
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    $555 is a lot of money for a "Cheap" phone, it's a rip off price. You don't have to take words literally it's the internet.
     
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    If Apple wants to sell a lot of these phones to the Chinese, they better make a RED* version available.

    Many Asians love the color red, as a cultural preference (but also a national/patriotic choice in China itself).



    * but a distinct color from the Product Red item, which is HIV/AIDS charity item.
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    no, but those who will buy this, it's like "stealing" money from them, $555 for a "cheap" iphone, really?
     
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    Can't trust this rumor. It probably a pure speculation. Nobody knows for sure when the new iPhones will be approved by the Chinese bureaucrats.
     
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    But it isn't even "like" stealing. They are getting a perceived value out of a product and in exchange are handing, willfully, monetary compensation for said product. It's a marketplace. It's not a cheap iPhone. It's a less expensive one.

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    Again, not a cheap iPhone. It's less expensive. Just like BMWs have higher models and lower models. The range is $140k to $30k. Cheap for some and expensive for others.
     
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    Bingo.

    Apple will never.... NEVER market or advertise any of its products as cheap. They may tout it as the "less expensive model" but they will never market it as cheap. That is totally going against their brand image.
     
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    Its not what Apple markets, in the end it is what the consumer perceives - and yes - the 5C will be perceived as the cheap iPhone. No matter what Apple says.
     
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    but tell me this, $555 for a lower mid-ranger, seriously?
     
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    It's lower than $914. So yes.
     
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    Many Asians love the color red, as a cultural preference (but also a national/patriotic choice in China itself.
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    Doesn't matter if they dont they will still buy it as having one gives them "face". Most will get Mummy, Daddy or the grandparents to buy it for them. Also in China They save alot more money than we do as they dont use credit cards much and family normally buys houses for the kids when they get married or before so they can get married. Much different to Western Culture.:D
     

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