Even After The iPhone 5C Debuts, Apple Could Keep The 16GB iPhone 5 Around

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Right now, Apple sells three generations of iPhone. The iPhone 5 is the high-end phone, starting at $199 on contract. The iPhone 4S is the mid-tier device, and costs $99 on contract. Finally, there’s the iPhone 4, which is free on contract.

Come September 10th, though, Apple’s going to change things up with the colorful iPhone 5C, a device that Cupertino has designed from the ground up to be a modern budget iPhone (rather than just a hand-me-down iPhone a couple generations old). So the iPhone 5S will take the high-tier, and the iPhone 5C will take the lower-tier.

What about the mid-tier, though? Evidence suggests it’ll be the iPhone 5.

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According to an internal document from Candian carrier Telus, the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 models will no longer be available for sale starting on September 28th, 2013. However, Telus will continue to offer the 16GB iPhone 5.

That certainly makes sense. Apple will still need an iPhone for people who don’t want to spend more than $99 on-contract for an iPhone, but want something a little more classy and elegant than the plastic-backed iPhone 5C.

Our only question is the timing: the iPhone 5S and 5C are due according to rumor and best guestimation to be released on September 20th in the United States. The U.S. and Canada usually get new iPhones at the same time, and September 28th (the day the 32GB and 64GB iPhones are due to be discontinued) is a Saturday. Does that mean that Apple might push the launch of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to Friday, September 27th?

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  • iMobileRescue

    Definitely be the iPhone 5! It just fits. They need a cool, elegant, new-ish phone to have as an alternative, rather than just the 5C.

  • Paul Burt

    So, are all the tech blogs just ignoring past precedent? Seems a no-brainer that the 5 will drop to $99 on contract when the 5S is released.

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