Apple tells supplier to gear up for multiple iPhone launch

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Apple is gearing up to launch two different iterations of its iPhone in September, according to supply chain sources.

Chinese suppliers started mass producing components for two devices in June, with instructions that they would need to start shipping both in September, sources told the WSJ.

Apple is expected to host an event in San Francisco on 10 September to unveil the devices. This will mark the first time Cupertino has unveiled two versions of its iPhone at the same time.

The firm's latest mobile operating system iOS 7 has already been confirmed by IT Pro sources to be pushed out on 18 September. And based on its yearly routine, Apple is expected to start shipping handsets around this time.

The cheaper iPhone is tipped to feature a plastic case that is available in a range of colours. Touch technology specialist, Tactus claimed to have got images of the cheap iPhone ahead of its launch.

Meanwhile, iOS 7 has been found to include code supporting fingerprint recognition. This has fuelled speculation that the high-end iPhone could possibly have a fingerprint scanner built into the home button, potentially eliminating the need for passwords.

There are rumours that Apple is experimenting with different screen sizes, but reports suggest the forthcoming iPhones will retain the 4in form factor.

Khidr Suleman is the Technical Editor at IT Pro, a role he has fulfilled since March 2012. He is responsible for the reviews section on the site  - so get in touch if you have a product you think might be of interest to the business world. He also covers the hardware and operating systems beats. Prior to joining IT Pro, Khidr worked as a reporter at Incisive Media. He studied law at the University of Reading and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism and Online Writing at PMA Training.