There's no need to wait until Black Friday for an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c sale. AT&T is currently offering one of the best deals on both of Apple's new handsets. You can nab a 16GB iPhone 5s for $100 or a 16GB iPhone 5c for $50. That's 50% off the suggested retail price of the iPhone 5s. As usual, these deals require that you sign a new two-year contract with AT&T.
A lot of big box retailers such as Walmart are also offering deals on Apple's latest generation of products, but these deals normally involve some kind of gift card rebate. On Black Friday, Walmart will be giving away a $75 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, and the iPad Air will be $20 off at Target. The Target iPad Air deal also includes a free $100 gift card, essentially making the the new tablet only $379. This is the best Black Friday iPad deal that has been announced so far.
It's that time of year when retailers are fighting for your attention by offering a variety of deals for the holidays. From Veterans Day to pre-Black Friday sales you can save money on a all kind of of items including iPhone cases and accessories. Accessory maker Otter-Box is offering 50% off all Armor Series and iON Series iPhone cases at OtterBox.com. You can also save 25% on select iPhone 5 Defender Series products and buy one, get one 25% off of Otter-box's Realtree cases.
Body Glove is offering 25% off with free shipping site-wide, and you can save $10 every time you spend $50 when you use the promo code SPEND50. Both Otter-Box and Body Glove offer cases for most iPhone and Android phones and tablets including older iPhone models and the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4.
Apple retail stores will begin offering hardware repairs for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, according to a report published by 9to5Mac. iPhone 5s and 5c owners who are not covered under Apple's AppleCare warranty will be able to pay $149 for a screen replacement and $79 for a new battery. iPhone 5c customers will also be able to buy a new Home button for $29. However, Apple employees will not be able to replace Touch ID Home buttons for the iPhone 5s.
Despite all the rage surrounding the Gold iPhone 5s, consumers in the US have been more interested in space gray. This is according to research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), in a report detailed by MacRumors. While the data shows the gold model trailing in last place, limited availability could be affecting the numbers.
At the same time, black iPhone models have historically been more popular. In any event, the data reflects that 43 percent of iPhone 5s units sold in the US were space gray. Silver came in second place with 30 percent of sales, and the coveted gold iPhone 5s clocked 27 percent. 400 consumers were surveyed for the study by CIRP during the month after iPhone 5s and 5c launch.
Boost Mobile announced today that it would begin carrying the iPhone 5s and 5c beginning on November 8. The Sprint-owned company is not the only prepaid carrier to offer Apple's newest handsets. Virgin Mobile is already selling both the iPhone 5s and 5c for $549 and $449, respectively. Cricket will begin selling both devices on October 25, and US Cellular announced it will also offer the 5s and 5c on the same day as Boost Mobile.
Boost offers its customers unlimited talk, text and data starting at $50/month, and Daily Unlimited plans starting at $2. Boost users can also reduce their monthly payments to as little as $35/month by making their payments on time.
Prepaid mobile fans will be able to get their hands on an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c through the wireless carrier Cricket starting on October 25. Cricket is currently accepting pre-registration for the new Apple handsets, and will offer them along with their new Smart Plans.
Cricket customers can get an off-contract iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c with nationwide unlimited talk/text/data starting at $50. Cricket's Smart Plans support 4G LTE and 3G CDMA wireless networks, and offer up to 10GB of full-speed data allowance.
Developer Bytesize has released a new app that takes advantage of Apple's official iPhone 5c case by allowing users to transform their device into a Connect Four-like game. Users can challenge their friends to a game of Four in a Row by putting their case on backwards and using its cutout holes as a game board. As you can see from the video below, the case doesn't line up perfectly with the iPhone's display, but it does get the job done.
Bytesize says the game is also compatible with the iPhone 5 and 5s, as long as you have an iPhone 5c case. The game requites iOS 7 or higher and can be played on the iPod touch or iPad, but you'll have to create your own board.
There are a lot of signs that suggest the iPhone 5c isn’t selling as well as Apple expected. First of all, the "unapologetically plastic" phone has been been readily available since its launch. iPhone 5s shipping times are currently estimated at two to three weeks, while the iPhone 5c is shipping within 24 hours. It also seems like a lot of third party retailers can't wait to give the phone away. Large retail chains such as Best Buy and Walmart are currently in the middle of an iPhone 5c price race to see who can offer the handset for cheaper. There have also been reports that all the major carriers have a lot of unsold iPhone 5c stock sitting around.
Top analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo have also begun slashing their iPhone 5c sale estimates. Business Insider reported on Friday that Kuo "is now estimating Apple shipped 11.4 million 5c units in the September quarter, a 33% drop from his original estimate." Kuo expects "iPhone 5c sales to be just 10.4 million units for the December quarter, a 10% sequential drop."
The iPhone 5c price war rages on. Hours after Best Buy announced it would offer the new handset for only $50, RadioShack announced the same deal. Both electronics retailers will give customers a $50 gift card when they buy a $99 iPhone 5c. However not to be outdone, Walmart just announced it would begin selling the 16GB model for only $45 throughout the holiday season.
This is a great opportunity to make a profit by selling your old iPhone while still upgrading to Apple's latest handset. Both Gazelle and Nextworth are accepting trade-ins for all used iPhone models in working condition. You can get up to $115 in cash for a used iPhone 4, and up to $320 for a used iPhone 5. This is much better than Best Buy and RadioShack's $50 gift card deals. It also allows you to have enough money to take advantage of Walmart's $45 sale, and still have enough left over to pay off your carrier's early termination fees if you're still under contract. You can compare trade-in values for all the iPhone models here.
Well that didn't take long. Best Buy is already offering the iPhone 5c for only $50. Customers who buy the new Apple handset from the electronics retailer will receive a $50 gift card with their purchase. Best Buy is also offering the same deal on Samsung Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy S 4.
This is the next best deal after Sprint's free iPhone offer, but you have to be willing to switch carriers to take advantage of Sprint's discount. Both Target and Walmart are selling the iPhone 5c for $80, meaning Best Buy does currently have best deal on Apple's "unapologetically plastic" handset.