Apple is due to release a low-end iPhone 5C alongside its more premium top-end iPhone 5S in September, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
The WSJ confirmed that a number of unnamed sources "familiar with the matter" said Apple has placed an order with iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry to begin shipping both a new high-end and a low-end version of the smartphone, which will be ready for release in "early" September.
The top-end iPhone, which has been commonly referred to as the 5S, will reportedly feature a similar metal casing to the current iPhone 5, while the cheaper device, often referred to as the 5C, will have a plastic chassis. The Wall Street Journal said both phones will be same size as the iPhone 5 and they will both have the same 4in 1136x640 Retina display.
TechCrunch has since added to the rumours, claiming yet another unnamed source confirmed the iPhone 5S will also be available in a custom Champagne colour. The colour option is reportedly designed to appeal to buyers in emerging smartphone markets where users apparently prefer vibrantly coloured handsets over regular black and white ones.
None of the rumours about the forthcoming iPhone models are official, and Apple has a long-standing policy of refusing all requests for comment on its future products. At the time of publishing, Apple had not responded to V3's request for comment.
Apple is rumoured to be announcing its new iPhones on 10 September.
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