Chinese Apple Reseller Poster Reveals iPhone 5 Available September 9th?

Update: iPod touch 2nd and 3rd generation models were previously available on September 9th as well, and the 4th generation on September 8th. Expect something to happen at this Fall’s Apple event.

More iPhone 5 rumours coming your way. This time around, an image sent to us appears to indicate the iPhone 5 could be launching on Friday, September 9th in China (last year, the iPhone 4 launched on Friday, July 30th in Canada) and possibly worldwide.

The image below was taken by an iPhoneinCanada.ca reader that returned from a trip to Dalian City, China, outside an authorized Apple reseller. It reads “accepting pre-orders”, whereas the poster facing the store says “available on September 9th”. Our reader Joseph explains why he didn’t snap a picture of the poster with the launch date:

There is another poster says “available on September 9th” but it was right in front of the shop so I did not dare to take the picture. This one says “accepting pre-orders” and it is outside an “Apple authorized” shop.

The authorized reseller in question is located in an underground shopping mall in front of Dalian train station. The above text of “iPhone 5” looks like amateur hour, but that is life in China when it comes to English-related signage. Furthermore, Joseph was unaware of the existing September launch rumours (facebook and twitter are blocked by the Great Firewall of China) and only sent this in when he caught up with rumours upon returning back home.

Recent iPhone 5 rumours have stated production to start in mid-August, along with the possibility of a another cheaper unlocked $349 iPhone 4S model.

Earlier Chinese rumours add to this possibly September launch. Recently, Apple executive Tim Cook was spotted in China, at the headquarters of China Mobile. He was there to apparently work out a deal with the largest wireless carrier in the world, currently sitting at over 600 million subscribers as of May.

Furthermore, a China Mobile employee leaked details the iPhone 5 would be launching in September on Weibo.com (China’s version of twitter), that consequently was deleted.

Employee Lui Yang noted:

The day is coming soon…The days of changing our phone numbers…are numbered…China Mobile is to make a final decision to introduce the iPhone 5 in September

Lui Yang is referring to China Mobile’s local 3G standard called TD-SCDMA, that is not compatible with existing iPhones. In order to use data plans, China Mobile users had to switch over to rival carrier China Unicom, changing their numbers in the process.

The Shanghai Daily quoted Yang, the marketing official for China Mobile as saying the following:

A new iPhone with China Mobile’s network will debut and the cooperation will be announced in September

The article also quoted the iPhone 5 would be offered on a 4G service, which coincides with China Mobile’s previous claims to support the iPhone when a LTE model becomes available.

It’s also worth noting Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities has been following Apple’s involvements with China Mobile closely. He mentioned late last week China Mobile could possibly receive the next iPhone 5 in September, and also reported Apple would release a smaller, cheaper iPhone to be sold without contract in China–corroborating the earlier story today of a cheaper iPhone ‘4S’.

After the leaked iPhone 4 debacle of last year, Apple this time around has hermetically sealed all leaks of its next generation iPhone plans. With the absence of an iPhone announcement at WWDC 2011, speculation has continued to run rampant of an imminent September launch. Could China have spilled the beans on the iPhone 5’s release date? Maybe. Right now, it appears that way from the evidence we’ve seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Enough rumours!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Enough rumours!!!!!

  • You love them.

  • Mibaksh

    I just love how everything makes it this year unlike last year when gizmodo was gizmodo.
    It gives the idea that everyone is clueless to an extent because of the high level of doubts.

  • Svezz

    All we want, is flash.

  • Pulp46

    Why was he afraid of taking a picture of the front of the store? Smell test…

  • Pulp46

    Why was he afraid of taking a picture of the front of the store? Smell test…

  • Pulp46

    Why was he afraid of taking a picture of the front of the store? Smell test…

  • Pulp46

    Why was he afraid of taking a picture of the front of the store? Smell test…

  • Pulp46

    Why was he afraid of taking a picture of the front of the store? Smell test…

  • Oshawapilot

    Get over it. Flash sucks, Apple is smart to continue to shun it on mobile devices.

  • The “iPhone” lettering is beyond amateur hour, but its interesting that Cook was just there.

    A later August/very early September event could lead to a Sept.9 release date

  • Funnynkle

    Look at the font on the poster ! This is fake fake fake.

  • Anonymous

    Look on the back of your iPhone 4 … There’s your flash!!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care if Flash sucks or not, all I know is that my web experience is restricted because of this.

    For example, I  wanted to watch the live streaming of the play-off game…. and I couldn’t.

    I wanted to access the FRAX free online calculator… and I
    couldn’t…..  the alternative is to purchase a $4.99 app!  Have to
    resort to my laptop!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care if Flash sucks or not, all I know is that my web experience is restricted because of this.

    For example, I  wanted to watch the live streaming of the play-off game…. and I couldn’t.

    I wanted to access the FRAX free online calculator… and I
    couldn’t…..  the alternative is to purchase a $4.99 app!  Have to
    resort to my laptop!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care if Flash sucks or not, all I know is that my web experience is restricted because of this.

    For example, I  wanted to watch the live streaming of the play-off game…. and I couldn’t.

    I wanted to access the FRAX free online calculator… and I
    couldn’t…..  the alternative is to purchase a $4.99 app!  Have to
    resort to my laptop!

  • Anonymous

    Lol only when their a little real

  • Anonymous

    Lol only when their a little real

  • Anonymous

    Flash is bad according to master Steve jobs, and you just have to work around the iPhone!

    Sent from my iPhone4GS

  • Anonymous

    Flash is bad according to master Steve jobs, and you just have to work around the iPhone!

    Sent from my iPhone4GS

  • Actually, the ironic thing is that the font is correct (Myriad), but someone used a lowercase “p” instead of an uppercase “P” and shifted it up to make it look uppercase. Really bizarre, as that would actually be more work than just typing an uppercase “P”. Also, the tracking/kerning is off.

  • Actually, the ironic thing is that the font is correct (Myriad), but someone used a lowercase “p” instead of an uppercase “P” and shifted it up to make it look uppercase. Really bizarre, as that would actually be more work than just typing an uppercase “P”. Also, the tracking/kerning is off.

  • Anonymous

    I took the picture on June 24th while I was shopping in the mall. I understand why you would make this kind of comment because you have no idea about it. Fake iPhone is all over the place and I don’t look like local people. If the poster is fake and they see me taking a picture of the poster, I might get myself into any unexpected trouble and I don’t want it as a tourist. Even this picture I had to take it very quickly and tried not to attrack any attention. That’s why the picture is a bit out of focus. Also again, it had been almost a month away from home and those outside information was/is blocked by the China’s great wall so I had no idea what had happened with iPhone 5 at the time of taking the picture. All I thought was interesting and I might be able to share it with people upon my return. Don’t forget that iPhone is produced in China. Foxcom employs thousands of people. Who knows maybe one of its employees did leak out the true info. Personally I hope it’s real because my wife is waiting for it and the contract ends in August.

  • Anonymous

    And our wedding anniversary is September 14th…. Hmmmm…. “Oh honey?”