After months and months of speculation, Apple will finally unveil its fifth-generation iPhone later today, but when will you be able to get your hands on it? According to one report, the iPhone 4S will launch in ten days, on October 14, and will start at around $99 for a 16GB model.
9to5Mac says that these figures are based on international pricing — gleaned from “whispers they’ve heard” — and they’ve done the math to try and establish the U.S. subsidized equivalents. With the 16GB iPhone 4S starting at around $99, the 32GB model is expected to cost $199. That rumored 64GB is expected to replace the current 32GB iPhone 4 and will cost $299.
As for that ‘budget’ 8GB iPhone 4, that’ll be just $49 on contract; and its predecessor, the iPhone 3GS, will then be free.
You can expect to pick up your new device on Friday, October 14, according to the report — which is when it will launch in Apple retail stores from as early as 7 AM. A number of stores will reportedly be open until midnight to help meet the huge demand.
We’re now hearing that Apple is preparing their retail stores for an October 14th iPhone launch. This phone will of course be the iPhone 4S with an A5 processor, the breakthrough Assistant feature, an eight megapixel camera, Nuance speech-to-text, and 1GB of RAM. Apple Stores are also planning overnights for October 13th.
An October 14 launch date certainly seems very plausible, and it’s a date we’ve been predicting for some time. If you’d like something a little more concrete, however, be sure to follow our coverage of Apple’s ‘Let’s talk iPhone’ event later today.