It shouldnt come as a big surprise, but Apple isnt exactly pleased with Thailands National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.
As we reported yesterday, that countrys version of the FCC announced approval of two unreleased iPhones, model numbers A1524 and A1586, for sale in the country. The secretary general of the commission even announced the news on Twitter specifically mentioning the iPhone 6.
And a new report from the Thai Rath said Apple has metwith the commission to discuss the issue. MacRumors posted a translation one of the more relevant passages of the story:
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. Apple in Singapore will also explain the situation to Apple in the US about this matter. Apple also reassured the NBTC that this leak has no effect in Apples plan to launch and sell the iPhone in Thailand.
That all but confirms those two models numbers belong to the next-generation iPhone instead of a simple hardware revamp of an existing device. Apple taking time to say that the phone may not be named iPhone 6 is also very interesting.
But we wont have much longer to speculate. Apple is apparently planning to announce the next-generation iPhone at a media event on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The company is expected to unveil a model with a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen.
The smaller handset will be available almost immediately, while the 5.5-inch version will hit the market a month later.