Pretty much everyone already knows that the iPhone 6 is coming out next month, but one of Apple’s carrier partners in China just couldn’t hold onto the secret anymore, and announced to customers on Weibo that it will sell an unlocked iPhone 6.
The ad was quickly deleted, however, it did reveal that Apple plans to release a single version of the iPhone 6 that supports all the wireless networks in the China for the first time ever.
According to the deleted ad, the iPhone 6 sold by China Telecom will support dual 4G networks (both TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE), as well as WCDMA, CDMA2000, GSM, and CDMA1X. Apple currently has to sell three different iPhone 5s and 5c models in China to accommodate the different carriers and their various technologies.
The iPhone 6 is rumored to get a new modem from Qualcomm and antenna technology that will allow Apple to simplify its lineup to support the various Chinese carriers more efficiently. The move also gives China Telecom customers access to LTE for the first time, making the carrier more competitive with rivals China Unicom and China Mobile.
China Telecom decided to use a iPhone 6 concept from Behance in its ad, which looks similar to some of the finished cases we’ve seen, though it does lack the protruding camera lens and recessed volume buttons we’ve seen in the latest leaks.
The iPhone 6 with LTE improved modem is expected to launch next month and will also feature a bigger display, A8 processor, improved camera, sapphire glass, NFC and a new mobile payments system.
- Via ZDnet