Apple is hosting an iPhone and iOS 7 event on Tuesday September 10th at the company’s headquarters in California where we will see Apple announce the two new iPhones models.
Two reliable sources from U.S. wireless carriers confirmed the new iPhone release date is set for September 20th, referring to multiple models widely known as the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
While the sources could not confirm the name, larger 128GB iPhone 5S rumor or pricing of the new iPhone models it is clear that these two major U.S. carriers are ready to sell new iPhones on September 20th.
These sources are connected with the wireless carriers in a position where they could know this information ahead of Apple’s public announcement tomorrow, and it is not chatter from a local carrier store.
The flagship new iPhone model will likely carry the iPhone 5S name. While the source could not confirm the features, the iPhone 5S is the favorite choice for the new iPhone.
The iPhone 5S will likely come with a familiar design from the iPhone 5, including a 4-inch Retina Display, but users could see a new Gold or champagne color option. The iPhone 5S may include a bump up to 128GB of storage and rumors suggest Apple is including a fingerprint reader in the home button for added security. The iPhone 5S camera may also see a bump up in specs and could come with a dual-LED flash that takes more natural looking photos.
The iPhone 5S release date will land on September 20th at Apple Stores, carrier locations and other retailers who will almost certainly open early to start selling the iPhone 5S as well as a cheaper iPhone.
Anonymous sources from two different carriers in the U.S. have also informed Gotta Be Mobile that Apple will be releasing “multiple models” on September 20th. The sources did not identify the devices by name, only that they would coming out on September 20th.
Apple is heavily rumored to be introducing the iPhone 5C alongside the iPhone 5S though release details for the iPhone 5C remain unclear. It could also be that this is referring to multiple iPhone 5S models though that seems unlikely.
A report from Bloomberg earlier today pointed to T-Mobile, at the very least, offering a lower cost iPhone at launch. Though it wasn’t mentioned by name, it likely was referring to the iPhone 5C.
The company’s new iPhone 5C is expected to replace at least one iPhone model in Apple’s lineup with rumors suggesting that it could replace both the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4. Rumors have also suggested that the iPhone 5 may stick around with a 16GB model offered as the middle of the road option for iPhone buyers.
Apple’s iPhone 5C is expected to unify Apple’s iPhone lineup as rumors suggest it will come with a 4-inch Retina Display with 16:9 aspect ratio, same as the iPhone 5 and a Lightning dock standard that arrived with the iPhone 5 and isn’t found on the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 4.
The device is also expected to have a cheap colored plastic back, as opposed to the aluminum found on the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S and it’s also said to have an 8MP camera and iOS 7 rounding out the main features. The device’s price is expected to be around $500 unsubsidized, far more expensive than Google’s Nexus 4, though it could come with an extremely cheap subsidized contract through various U.S. carriers.
Tomorrow’s iPhone event is also expected to produce an iOS 7 release date for owners of Apple’s older iPhones including the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4.
Rumors suggest that the iOS 7 release date could land as soon as tomorrow though historically, Apple has released its iOS updates between the iPhone launch date and the iPhone release date.
Apple is calling iOS 7 the biggest update to iOS since the introduction of the original iPhone as it will not only be bringing new features to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners, but it will be bringing a brand new look to iOS users as well
With the iPhone 5S release date and iPhone 5C release date confirmed by multiple sources at separate U.S. wireless carriers consumers should wait to buy a new iPhone until September 20th. Users who already purchased an iPhone 5, iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 should look at their carrier’s return policy.
Users who are upgrading from an old iPhone to the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C should lock in a trade in prices at Gazelle or another trade-in location to get the best value.
Additional reporting by Adam Mills.