Not only does it look like Apple (s aapl) is set to unveil two new iPhones in September, but it will be shipping them then as well. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple has asked assembler Hon Hai Precision Co. (better known as Foxconn) to start shipping its two new iPhone models early next month.
Apple has typically made its phones available within a week or so of their announcement, so this news is not particularly surprising. What is interesting is that this further confirms Apple will announce two different phones at its event next month — the iPhone 5S, as well as the rumored budget spinoff, the iPhone 5C.
According to the WSJ, Apple’s suppliers began working on components for two different phones in June — one with a metal casing similar to the iPhone 5, and another, lower-cost version. We’ve seen plenty of leaks purporting to be of the iPhone 5C, so this just fans the flames.
Another rumor seeming to quickly gain credence is that of a gold color option for the iPhone 5S. AllThingsD today is reporting that its sources have confirmed the phone will definitely be available in gold.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C at an event on September 10. It did not respond to WSJ’s request for comment.