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Credible rumors about the iPhone 6 have flowed so freely as of late that there's already a good chance that we know most of what we'll see at Apple's media event next month. Even so, Apple is livid that a Thai official publicly stated the country's approval of the distribution of two new iPhone 6 models yesterday, and the company has sent its own representatives to reprimand the country.
The officials reportedly met with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to discuss its disclosure of models A1586 and A1524, reputed to be the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models we've heard so much about. NBTC secretary Takorn Tantasith even tweeted the approval, although he said nothing about the specs and designs of the models. This was allegedly the first time, however, that the NBTC announced the specific product numbers.
A MacRumors reader translated Tantasith's response as listed in Thailand's Thai Rath newspaper, in which the official claimed that nothing disclosed was a trade secret. He also reportedly claimed that Apple would be in its rights to penalize the country, but he also stood by his decision to announce the approval.
“Mr. Takorn said that representatives from Apple South Asia from the Singapore HQ arrived to 'have a chat' with him and clarified that the 2 phone models may not use the name 'iPhone 6' to market and the company want to make sure that the NBTC understands this fact," the article said. "Apple also reassured the NBTC that this 'leak' has no effect in Apple’s plan to launch and sell the iPhone in Thailand."
Some rumors, indeed, have claimed that the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone could be called the "iPhone Air." Apple is expected the unveil at least the smaller 4.7-inch model at its press event on September 9, although we'll have to wait until the event itself to see if the 5.5-inch model is announced at the same time or at a separate event a few months later. Or, you know, at all.
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