GADGET DESIGNER Apple reportedly has instructed its suppliers to start shipping two new iPhone models in "early September".
The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has asked Foxconn to start shipping both "a new high-end and low-end iPhone" at the beginning of next month, with their unveilings reportedly set for 10 September in San Francisco.
Sources who somehow have knowledge of Apple's plans added, "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."
It's still unclear when these two new iPhone models will start showing up on store shelves, but the newspaper said that they could go on sale as soon as next month. This would seem to make sense, as new iPhones usually go on sale around a week after launch.
The Wall Street Journal's anonymous sources don't reveal much more about the new iPhone models, but said that the new, high-end iPhone will have the same 4in 640x1136 display as the iPhone 5.
If yesterday's rumours are to be believed, we can also expect the next generation iPhone - likely to arrive as the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 - to launch in a 'champagne gold' flavour. Apple reportedly has decided to branch out into new colour variants in a bid to boost its popularity in emerging markets, with colourful handsets taking precedence over those in just black and white.
If speculation is accurate, we can also expect the new iPhone to have support for all of the UK's 4G networks, improved battery life, Apple's new iOS 7 operating system and possibly a 128GB storage model. You can check out our iPhone 6 rumour roundup here.
Apple declined to comment on the rumours. µ