Chinese manufacturers a clone of iPhone 5 Apple threatened to sue if the unit of the U.S. company, which should be announced on September 12, resembles the model already launched by Goophone in China, reports the website Gizmodo in China. According to the portal, the design of the device would have been patented in the country.
The argument for the threat, according to the website, is simlpes: first launched, the Chinese say, so whatever comes after must be a copy.In recent months, images of alleged iPhone 5 parts have been published on the Internet. According tosources , the clone of the iPhone 5 would be inspired by the photos.
Called I5, the model released last week by the company Goophone, Hong Kong, has a 3.5 inch screen and comes with the Android operating system. According to the site TechCrunch the Goophone models already produced quite faithful to the originals, as a device similar to the iPhone 4S.
An event to be held in San Francisco, California (United States) on Oct. 12, to officially introduce the iPhone 5. It is expected that sales of the device beginning on September 21 in the United States.
According to rumors, the device could have a SIM card slot smaller than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Another possibility is the reduction pins battery from five to four, representing a higher load capacity. Rumors also realize that the Apple smartphone will feature the A5 chip.
Data from IDC indicate that Apple’s share of smartphones in the Chinese market fell by almost half in the second quarter to 10%. The reasons given by the company research are twofold: to wait for the new iPhone model and return by another manufacturer.
China, the second largest market for Apple, is expected to surpass the U.S. as the largest market for smartphones in 2012, IDC predicts, with demand fueled by generous subsidies that the three major mobile operators offer to purchase phones. The total number of smartphones sold in the second quarter was 44 million, which accounts for 51% of total shipments of 87 million phones in the Chinese market.