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If you were worried that all this business with low-cost iPhones and questionable "champagne"-colored black plates had disrupted Apple's schedule, then the Wall Street Journal has some good news for you. According to the WSJ's sources, we'll see both a "low-end" and a "high-end" variant during the expected press event on September 10.
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The low-end and high-end variants are almost surely the so-called iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S respectively. Apart from the 5C's affordable plastic shell and multiple color options, neither model makes a massive departure from existing Apple designs, although the 5S will ship with some nifty features such as a double flash and improved specs. The camera may also feature some welcome complementary improvements, such as the ability to capture slow-mo video with little loss of quality.
There's little reason to doubt the timing, as it seems well in line with Apple's penchant for releasing new iPhone models around this time of year. If past announcements serve as any indication, we should start seeing the new phones on shelves around two weeks after the announcement. That's also good news for those of us who don't plan on upgrading to the new devices right away as we'll finally be able to try out Jony Ive's take on iOS for ourselves.
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