Is This When Apple’s New iPhones Will Hit Japan?

JapanJapan’s largest business daily is reporting that Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) upcoming iPhone models will be available for purchase in the country in less than a month’s time. According to a report from Nikkei via CNET, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be launched in Japan on September 20, ten days after the devices are expected to be unveiled in the U.S. on September 10.

The Nikkei report also reiterates a previously reported rumor that the iPhone 5S will be available in a “champagne gold” color in addition to the typical black and white color options. According to the Japanese newspaper, Apple’s latest flagship smartphone will also feature a fingerprint sensor built into the home button as well as an improved processor.

Although this latest report does not specify what colors the iPhone 5C will be available in, previous unconfirmed leaks have suggested that the budget iPhone will be available in red, green, blue, white, and yellow. Some Apple commentators have speculated that the “C” designation may stand for “color.”

NTT DoCoMo (NYSE:DCM), Japan’s largest wireless carrier with over 60 million subscribers is still not expected to carry the iPhone. However, the new iPhones will be available from SoftBank and KDDI, Japan’s two other major mobile device dealers.

Despite the lack of support from Japan’s largest carrier, the iPhone secured a 42 percent share of the Japanese smartphone market in the last three months, of 2012 according to Reuters. Here’s how Apple has traded so far this week.


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