After months of speculation and rumors, reports surfaced on Thursday indicating that Apple will officially launch the iPhone 3G in China come October.

While the Wall Street Journal noted that talks between Apple and China Unicom are believed to be nearing conclusion, Reuters, in a story Thursday, states that a deal could be announced as soon as Friday.

China Unicom is set to hold a media briefing Friday to discuss its financial results for the first half of 2009. A China Unicom spokeswoman said the iPhone would undoubtedly be discussed, according to Retuers.

Apple's iPhone manufacturing partner Hon Hai is making the iconic handset for a Chinese company, an official at the Taiwanese firm said, declining to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media, the report states.

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