by Joe White
August 24, 2013
Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets may not reach China until Nov. 28, according to a recent report from the Chinese-language publication First Financial Daily. As such, it would appear that Apple's next-generation iDevices could launch in the world's most populous nation between one and two months after the handsets' anticipated launch in the United States. The wait, First Financial Daily explains, is due to the fact that Apple has yet to gain approval from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, however the sources cited also note that Qualcomm chips mean both handsets will be compatible with China Mobile's network. China, of course, is an important market for Apple: just a few days ago, we told you how the launch of a low-cost handset in the country would be bad news for Samsung, who dominates the Chinese smartphone market with its less expensive models. As such, and due mainly to the price of Apple's iPhones, the Cupertino, Calif. company presently holds around five percent of the market in China. Apple's iPhone 5S is expected to be a midterm upgrade to its flagship iPhone handset, while the iPhone 5C is said to constitute a low-cost option that will feature plastic housing, less impressive internals, and possibly no support for Siri. Both handsets are expected to be announced at a special event on Sept. 10, 2013. We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Meet The First Real-World Racing Video Game In The Newly Updated Anki Drive App, Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With More Levels In A Brand New Episode Of Candy Crush Saga, and Rdio For iOS Updated With Station Tuning, Redesigned Collection And Filtered Search.