The iPhone 5S release date could spell the end of several iPhone 5 models according to a leaked document from a Canadian carrier that shows higher capacity iPhone 5 models going of the sales floor in late September.
Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C event is scheduled for next Tuesday, when we expect to see the new iPhone models on stage and learn about plans for the flagship iPhone and a cheaper, colorful iPhone 5C.
Normally Apple drops the price of the previous two iPhone models when the new iPhone arrives, and we expect some movement this year, but with two new iPhones in play Apple could pull a surprise.
According to the leaked Telus document on MobileSyrup, the Canadian carrier plans to stop selling the white and black iPhone 5 in 32GB and 64GB sizes on September 28th.
That is one week after the rumored iPhone 5S release date, which would let the carrier sell the iPhone 5 models at a discount until stock ran out. With the iPhone 5 launch, the higher capacity iPhone 4S models sold for $50 off on Verizon and other carriers while supplies lasted.
This matches up with a report that Verizon’s stock of the iPhone 5 32GB and 64GB models was in short supply. The U.S. carrier could also be limiting stock ahead of a new iPhone.
This document doesn’t include any information about the iPhone 5 16GB model. Normally Apple would keep the lowest capacity iPhone on hand to sell at the reduced $99 price point, but there are rumors that the iPhone 5C will replace the iPhone 5.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a well connected analyst with ties to Apple’s supply chain claims the company will use the iPhone 5C in place of the iPhone 5 this fall. Another analyst claims the iPhone 5C will replace the iPhone 4S as Apple’s free on contract iPhone.
Given this leak does not include the 16GB iPhone 5 as a discontinued model it is possible that the iPhone 5 will live on as a $99 iPhone option on contract. It is also possible that this document is merely carrier speculation that the higher capacity iPhone 5 models will go away when the iPhone 5S release lands, and not inside information from Apple.
The iPhone 5S release is expected on September 20th in the U.S. and could come alongside an iPhone 5C. The video above runs through the latest iPhone 5S rumors, including design, screen size and possible features. The iPhone 5C is reportedly a colorful plastic iPhone that will come at a lower price.
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