Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C landing in UK on 20 September

Apple’s new range of iPhones is set to hit UK stores in September with courier firms reportedly readying themselves for a hectic few days when the devices are released.

Sources close to people involved in the courier industry, quoted by the Telegraph, report they have been asked to fulfil orders of new Apple products so they can go on sale on 20 September and a week later on 27 September.

There’s no indication as to how big each delivery will be with rumours suggesting the first batch will be the iPhone 5S before the iPhone 5C is shipped a week later. The news does mean that UK consumers will only have to wait a little over a week for the new devices, which will be launched at an Apple special event on 10 September in California.

Details on the two devices are still vague with the rumour mill surrounding each one only revealing a small list of details so far.

The iPhone 5S will be an updated version of the iPhone 5 with rumours that it will come with Apple’s A7 processor and an improved camera as well as support for iOS 7. It's also being speculated the device will have NFC technology and could come with a fingerprint sensor to give the owner an added layer of security. It could also be released in a new champagne colour-way.

Apple will release the iPhone 5C in a variety of different colours with the device designed to appeal to emerging markets so the firm can challenge Samsung’s strangle-hold on the mid-range smartphone market.

Specifications for the iPhone 5C are likely to be similar to the iPhone 5 with NFC reportedly on the list of items to be added.

Apple’s twin events in Cupertino and Beijing take place on 10 September and 11 September respectively and the world will be watching come next week.

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