Not out yet but iPhone 5 is hot

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The new iPhone 5, which hasn't been released yet and there are no details of a launch date either, has already become popular in the Chinese Internet community, Shanghai Daily learned Wednesday.

At least one online coupon website and more than 100 online shop owners on, China's biggest online auction website, have provided pre-order links online for the next generation of the iPhone.

Many Taobao sellers said they would start shipping the iPhone 5 between September 5 and September 7, which is around the time most industry insiders expect the smartphone to debut.

Most iPhone 5 for pre-order are being sold on Taobao from 4,000 yuan (US$625) to 7,000 yuan each.

Apple Inc, whose iPhone 4 and iPad tablets have wowed consumers around the world, declined to comment on the issue or the iPhone 5 release date.

Meituan, a Beijing-based Groupon-like website, announced that it will hold a lucky draw with the top prize being an iPhone 5. Users registering on the website or following the website on Sina Weibo will have the opportunity to win the iPhone 5, according to Meituan.

The new iPhone 5 may feature support for a 4G network, cloud computing and 8-megapixel camera, according to Meituan's website.

In July, Apple reported its China revenue grew six times in its fiscal third quarter ended on June 30 due to booming sales of iPhones and iPads.

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