In the past Apple has staggered big product launches, with China having to wait months following a US debut.
But today, China Unicom employees have claimed that the iPhone 5 will launch on the network by the end of the year.
If these rumours of a 2012 Chinese release are true, the iPhone 5 could see the fastest rollout in Apple’s history.
Apple’s last smartphone launch was the iPhone 4S last October which debuted simultaneously in the US, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. Chinese Apple fans couldn’t get the handset until three months later in January.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 5 at a special event on September 12th and it has been hotly tipped that the handset will become available in the US from September 21st.
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