CtechCN.cm and spotted by 9to5Mac. The marks suggested that the phone can possibly arrive in China sooner than expected. It takes 4 to 8 months to get CC certified, so if Apple has gotten certification, it may be planning to sell 5S soon.
China Telecom has also hinted that they are going to offer the handset as Apple realizes the importance of the Chinese market for their profits. The CEO Tim Cook has also made several trips to the country and has frequently mentioned China in earnings call. More importantly, Apple also sent out invitations to a special event that is going to take place on September 11 in Beijing.
You see, according to Wikipedia, it usually takes between 4 and 8 months to get certified by The China Quality Certification Centre. So if Apple has already gone through that process, then perhaps it’s nearing an approval to sell the 5S in the country.
And a sooner-than-later iPhone launch in China wouldn’t be surprising. Don’t forget, China Telecom has all but confirmed it’s going to be carrying the handset on day 1 this year, as Tim Cook and company begin to realize the importance of the market.