iPhone 5S, 5C Release Date Rumoured for November 28 in China

While we still await the confirmation of the rumoured September 10 Apple event — when the two new iPhones are due — here is another rumour: a Chinese report claims the highly anticipated handsets will reach the country two months after the official release.

The information comes from China’s First Financial Daily (via CNET), which is reporting that the iPhones will be launched on November 28 in China. If another rumour claiming that the handsets will be available in stores on September 20 is correct, this roughly makes two months after the global launch.

As the Chinese sources point out, the reason of the two-month delay is the verification process. The handsets have to go through an in-depth verification process, required by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

It remains to be seen whether Apple has managed to ink a deal with the largest carrier in the world, China Mobile. The negotiations with the carrier started a couple years ago, but there were network compatibility issues. However, the report also claims that the Qualcomm chips in the new iPhone will support China Mobile’s telecommunications network standard.