While we know that Apple is likely going to announce the iPhone 5 on September 12th, there are still plenty of details about the device that remain a mystery. One of those details is the device’s pricing though it may have been confirmed today through a leak.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple will be announcing a new generation iPhone at an event in San Francisco next week and the device, which might be called iPhone 5, will have a codename of N42.
Apple apparently selected the N42 prototype over another prototype, the N41, which was a device that featured NFC capabilities. Near-Field Communication is a feature that comes on many Android devices and allows users to use their phone as a mobile wallet.
The codename N42 has popped up at a U.S. retail chain and it appears that the codename has some pricing attached to it.
If the evidence is credible, and at this point there is no reason to believe that it isn’t, Apple will be launching six versions of the iPhone 5 at the event on September 12th.
They include white and black versions of three iPhone 5 options. A 16GB model, a 32GB variant and a 64GB iPhone 5. The pricing, apparently, will match the pricing of the iPhone 4S.
That means that a 16GB iPhone 5 will be $199.99, a 32GB iPhone 5 will cost $299.99 and a 64GB iPhone 5 will remain at $399.99.
This should not come as too much of a surprise as Apple has kept its pricing of its iPhone intact for a number of years.
We have heard that Apple might be dropping the iPhone 4S down to an 8GB model only, presumably at a $99 price point, while it could be making the iPhone 4 free, effectively killing off the iPhone 3GS.
Apple is scheduled to announce the iPhone 5 on September 12th and the device is supposedly going to be a vast departure from the iPhone 4S and iPhone’s of the past.
iPhone 5 Rumors
The new iPhone is apparently going to be coming with a new design that is slimmer and taller and features a 4-inch display and a metal back. It also supposedly has a headphone jack on the bottom of the device along with a new smaller dock connector.
Other rumors include 4G LTE data, a new HD front-facing camera, and an improve processor.
We have heard from our own sources that the iPhone 5 will indeed launch on September 21st, a date that comes just a few days after the device’s official launch.