China Telecom, the third-largest carrier in China, announced in a Weibo post that it will be selling the unlocked variant of the iPhone 6 in the country to better compete with rivals. The post was deleted later.
The unlocked version will reportedly work not only on China Telecom’s network, but on all other networks in the region. The Weibo post announcing this piece of news also included a promotional image of the iPhone 6, which was taken from a Behance concept that show rumored changed like rounded edges, relocated power button etc.
The ad suggest that the next-generation iPhone will unify the different technologies used (WCDMA, CDMA2000, CDMA1X, GSM, TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE) in one model, simplifying the lineup. Presently, Apple sells three different iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c variants in China to accommodate all the carriers in the region.
The unified lineup might be possible due to a new Qualcomm chip Apple’s rumored to use in the iPhone 6, that also has support for Advanced LTE.
Apple is expected to unveil iPhone 6 on September 9th, followed by the launch on September 19th. It is expected to feature an all-new ultra thin design with narrower bezels and rounded edges. It is also expected to include Apple’s new A8 chip, improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and an improved 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization.[Sina News via ZDNet]