Just about everyone who cares at all about smartphones knows that Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is just weeks away from being announced during a huge press conference on September 9th. Even still, Apple generally likes to be the first company to announce its new devices and make them official before its carrier partners and distributors start sharing their plans for new iPhones.
At least one wireless carrier didn’t get that memo, however, as China Telecom has apparently just confirmed the iPhone 6 publicly and shared a few details about the device.
Apple’s various carrier and retail partners tend to walk on eggshells in an effort to keep Apple happy, but one carrier seemingly decided it was tired of waiting. Sina Mobile News this week reported that China Telecom has confirmed the upcoming launch of Apple’s iPhone 6 in a post on the popular Chinese social network Weibo.
In the post, the carrier not only confirmed the upcoming launch of the iPhone 6, but also some key details about the device. According to the post, Apple’s next-generation iPhone will include a wide array of radios compatible with many wireless networks including TDD-LTE, FDD-LTE, WCDMA, CDMA2000, GSM, and CDMA1X.
China Telecom noted that the version of the iPhone 6 it will sell will be unlocked so that it will work on multiple carrier networks in China.
Months of leaks and rumors may have desensitized us to iPhone 6 mentions, but a post like this from one of Apple’s carrier partners is a huge deal considering no Apple partners are authorized to discuss unannounced Apple wares publicly.
Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is expected to feature a completely overhauled design and a larger 4.7-inch display, and it will likely be released on September 19th.
An image of China Telecom’s Weibo post follows below.