Ahead of the launch of the next-generation iPhone hardware from Apple, U.S. wireless carrier Verizon Wireless is now offering discounts on iPhone 4 cases and accessories at its retail stores. PhoneArena sources say that the carrier is now phasing out inventory of iPhone 4 accessories.
While it is largely believed that the next generation iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 4S, will be a modest upgrade and will retain the same or similar hardware design as the current generation iPhone 4, Verizon’s actions in discounting and discontinuing iPhone 4 accessories may hint that the next iPhone will have a different hardware design.
However, accessories may still not reach rock bottom pricing as Verizon Wireless may continue to offer an iPhone 4 with reduced storage capacity at an entry-level price point alongside the next generation iPhone when that device launches. This means that the carrier may still want to carry at least some accessories for the iPhone 4 in the future as Apple historically sells last year’s model as the entry-level phone model alongside the company’s flagship phone.