iPhone 5S, 5C will reportedly land in Japan on Sept. 20

iPhone 5S with gold option coming to Japan about 10 days after the expected U.S. rollout, Japan's Nikkei reports.

Purported image of 'champagne gold' iPhone 5S.
Purported image of 'champagne gold' iPhone 5S. Macboutic

New iPhones will arrive in Japan on September 20 with a gold iPhone 5S option in tow, Japan's Nikkei reported Wednesday.

SoftBank and KDDI will handle sales of the iPhone 5S and 5C starting on the 20th, according to Japan's largest business daily. NTT Docomo is not expected to sell the new iPhones, Nikkei added.

The U.S. announcement is expected on September 10, the report noted.

In addition to the conventional black and white models, a new "champagne gold" will be offered, the newspaper said. This reinforces widely-reported rumors about that color option for the iPhone 5S.

The 5S is expected to come with an upgraded processor and camera as well as fingerprint reader integrated into the home button, according to the report. Again, echoing recent reports.

In a note to investors Monday night, Citi Research's Kevin Chang commented on build plans for the upcoming Apple phones.

Citi anticipates a "modest mix shift" to the iPhone 5S "and away from iPhone 5C," in Apple's fiscal quarter ending in December.

Rendering of the expected iPhone 5S champagne gold model.
Rendering of the expected iPhone 5S champagne gold model. iMore
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Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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