The iPhone 6 price was revealed today ahead of the iPhone 6 release date and ahead of pre-orders that are set to begin later on this week ahead of the new iPhone release.
At its launch event in Cupertino today, Apple executives took the stage and confirmed both the all new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, successors to last year’s iPhone 5s. As expected, the iPhone 6 specs and the all important iPhone 6 release date were both confirmed, setting the device up for a fall showdown with key competitors this fall ahead of the holidays.
Apple’s iPhone 6 release date is confirmed for September 19th, a date that had been rumored ahead of the iPhone 6 launch date. The iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus will both go on sale on that day which is similar to what Apple did with last year’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c release. Apple also confirmed iPhone 6 pre-orders including a specific date on which consumers can order the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ahead of their release date.
Those looking to buy the iPhone 6 early will be able to pick up the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus on September 12th, a week ahead of the iPhone 6 release date on September 19th. In addition to the pre-order, Apple confirmed the iPhone 6 price, a key iPhone 6 feature and one that consumers have been after for quite some time.
Apple’s new iPhone lineup consists of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c. The larger iPhone 6 Plus will serve as the company’s most expensive model while the iPhone 5c will stand as the company’s cheap iPhone. The iPhone 5c will replace the iPhone 4s which Apple discontinued with today’s announcement.
Here’s how Apple’s iPhone 6 price points stack up with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c:
- iPhone 6 16GB – $199
- iPhone 6 64GB – $299
- iPhone 6 128GB – $399
- iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – $299
- iPhone 6 Plus 64GB – $399
- iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – $499
- iPhone 5s – $99
- iPhone 5c 8GB – Free
This marks the first time that Apple has offered an 128GB iPhone and unfortunately, it comes at the expense of the 32GB model that Apple used to offer. Apple’s killed off the 32GB iPhone 6 completely and it will not be making it to shelves this September.
With the iPhone 6 price now confirmed, we can compare it to top Android rivals. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to command a $299.99 price tag, something that would put it at odds with the base iPhone 6 Plus model. Other top Androids like the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 are priced at $199.99 in some places though deals through retailers like Amazon have dropped their prices to $100 or so on-contract.
Apple’s new iPhone comes with many of the rumored iPhone 6 specs that emerged in the months before Apple’s announcement. The high-end smartphone will come with two high-resolution screen sizes, 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches, and it will sport a new A8 processor, a new camera, NFC with Apple’s new Wallet feature, and a brand new design that utilizes the company’s well known metal build quality. These are the specs that will help the iPhone compete with these top Android devices.
It will also come with the company’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor baked into the home button, something that was initially released with the iPhone 5s. The device will, of course, run Apple’s iOS 8 operating system, an OS that will be released on September 17th just two days ahead of the iPhone 6 release date in the U.S. and elsewhere. iOS 8 will also be coming to Apple’s older stable of iPhones and iPads as well.
Look for more iPhone 6 release details and iPhone 6 pre-order details to emerge between now and September 19th as carriers and retailers prepare for launch.