It appears that Vodafone Germany plans to discontinue the iPhone 5 32GB and iPhone 5 64GB thanks to a leaked screenshot from German site Flo’s Webblog. If the inventory screenshot is real, it looks like the white and black versions of both devices will be discontinued and the iPhone 4S will be discontinued completely.
An earlier leak from MobileSyrup pointed to the same thing happening at Canadian carrier Telus who also appears poised to discontinue both the 32GB and 64GB versions of the iPhone 5.
If these are accurate and it’s looking like they very well could be, it could mean that Apple’s new iPhone lineup is going to look something like this:
- iPhone 5S 16GB/32GB/64GB and perhaps a 128GB starting at $199.99.
- iPhone 5 16GB at $99.
- iPhone 5C as Apple’s $0 on-contract device, replacing the iPhone 4S.
The iPhone 5S is almost assuredly going to be Apple’s premium iPhone, replacing the iPhone 5 with a better camera, processor, and a fingerprint reader for added security. Rumors have suggested that the iPhone 5C will be a cheap plastic iPhone that will come in a host of colors, a 4-inch Retina Display, Lightning port and iOS 7 and will be aimed at cheaper devices.
So, it could be that the iPhone 5C takes the place of the iPhone 4S at Apple’s lowest price point, just like the iPhone 4 replaced the iPhone 3GS last year.
This of course remains unconfirmed and likely will remain that way all the way up until September 10th when Apple takes the stage in Cupertino and makes its new iPhone plans known.
Earlier this week, Apple finally sent out media invites for an event in the Bay Area wherein the company will likely show off the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, both of which are all but confirmed for arrival. The company is also expected to detail iOS 7 and its release date as well.
The devices are expected to be released on September 20th, just a few days after they launch. Rumors suggest that the iOS 7 release date could land on September 10th though that remains unconfirmed as well.