We know the iPhone 5 is coming and the main countries are sure to land a release date within the next 70 days, although some carriers are making their readiness for iPhone 5 a little more obvious. The track record for the moments before a launch shows a slight price drop for existing models, and Sprint has just dropped the iPhone 4S price by one quarter, which now means the 4S costs $149 on a two-year contract.
When Sprint had been asked about this price drop they explained it’s just a promotion with Apple approval, and currently we haven’t seen anything similar from Verizon and AT&T. Last year we saw rumors of Sprint installing network repeaters just a few weeks before the 4S released, and considering we’re just under a month away from an Apple event, September 9, you’d expect a price cut about now.
It has not been confirmed if this Apple event is for the iPhone 5 and no invites have been sent out yet, but with multiple sources and technology blogs confirming the September 9 date, which is positioned perfectly for an announcement, it’s almost a certainty. Apple could also use this event for launching other products like a new iMac, Mac Pro, rumored iPad Mini, and of course iOS 6.
Two months delivers iPhone 5 insight and real 4S deals — it is fair to say that the current iPhone models will drop even more in price when they are replaced by a 6th generation iPhone, and this means you can expect Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless to bring something more special compared to today’s prices. Waiting just another two months shouldn’t see the 4S receive a price hike, sooner if the Sept 9 event is for iPhone 5, and you gain from knowing a lot more about the new iPhone.
There are a number of other release dates being thrown around within the Apple rumor mill, but most of these are focusing on September although it will be interesting to see how Apple would stagger launches, which is important considering the company and store can only handle so much demand. Lessons were learned from launching iOS and the iPhone on the same day in the past, and expectations of 250m iPhone 5’s being sold would mean even more pressure for Apple.