New iPhone Lineup May Only Include iPhone 5 Models

Apple could be shaking up the entire iPhone lineup with the release of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. A leaked screenshot from Canadian carrier Telus reveals that the mobile provider is planning to discontinue the 32GB and 64GB models of the iPhone 5 on September 28. That's only a few days after the rumored launch of next-generation iPhone and new low-cost iPhone. The 16GB iPhone 5 model will most likely replace the iPhone 4S as the $99 model in Apple's new lineup. While this is nothing new, it is the rumored iPhone 5C that is really throwing a wrench into Apple's future iPhone pricing plans.

iPhone 5 Discontinued

In a typical Apple iPhone cycle, the iPhone 4S would normally slip into the Free slot of the upcoming lineup, but the iPhone 5C could be slated to take its place. If the rumors are true, this means we will be losing the iPhone 4 and 4S, instead of just the oldest model, and Apple could be planning to announce an all iPhone 5-branded lineup on September 10.

Here's how some analysts are predicting the new iPhone lineup will look:

iPhone 5S - 16GB ($199), 32GB ($299), 64GB ($399)
iPhone 5 - 16GB ($99)
iPhone 5C - ??? ($0)

We won't know if the iPhone 5C replacing the iPhone 4S as Apple's free option is a good or bad deal until it's officially announced next week. The iPhone 5C is expected to feature lower specs and less software options than the iPhone 4S to keep costs down. However, don't forget this is all just speculation, and the iPhone 4S could easily survive another cycle.

The low-cost iPhone may just wind up being a new option for pay as you go providers such as T-Mobile and Cricket.

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