Apple’s application to distribute two iPhone 6 models in Thailand has been approved by Takorn Tantasith, Secretary General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) in the country, reports Manager Online (via MacRumors). Tantasith also tweeted the approval, shown below (via Google Translate):
According to the report, Apple filed the import applications of August 5. On August 8, the Cupertino company received certification of equipment and a written approval notice for two iPhones with model numbers A1586 and A1524. Details on the iPhones referenced in the documents are not given although the approval of the devices has been announced publicly, in line with government regulations.
As MacRumors notes, an import application for iPhones in Thailand over a month before the device’s expected launch is unusual and would suggest that Thailand will be in the first wave of launches around the world. For the iPhone 5s last year, Thailand was in the second wave which took place in late October. Apple reportedly did not apply for approval in the country until September 16, 2013 for that device.
It is widely expected that Apple will unveil its next generation iPhone on September 9 with a launch being pegged for September 19. Apple is said to be planning to release two iPhones, with the 4.7-inch model debuting first and the 5.5-inch model launching later. Final quality testing is said to be underway ahead of mass production of the 4.7-inch model.