A report from the Wall Street Journal today that Apple has instructed Hon Hai Precision Industry C. to ship two new iPhones in early September. There will be a new flagship model and a low-cost model. This is in line with rumors we’ve heard previously about the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The planned Apple event for September 10th could see Apple start taking pre-orders later that week for shipments arriving at some time during following week.
Nothing terribly surprising about this report. Apple’s scheduled iPhone Special Event is barely three weeks away. If history is any sort of marker, Apple will sell millions between pre-orders and sales during the first few days. The iPhone 5S is said to include a new fingerprint sensor, which could be used to unlock the device. At some point, Apple may use it as part of a larger plan to use the iPhone as a payment device. Up until now, that appears to be the big differentiator from the current generation. This year could mark the first year where last year’s model gets phased out.
While there had been rumors of the iPhone 5C, it has not been clear if it would be happening on September 10th. The massive amount of part leaks suggested otherwise and it does indeed appear Apple is preparing a low-cost iPhone that will come in assorted colors. As for pricing, this could range anywhere from $99 to free on contract. The more interesting number will be the non-subsidized pricing. Will Apple sell a new iPhone for $349 or less, without a contract? That makes for a nice upgrade option for people who find themselves locked in a contract with a not-so-great phone.
The countdown is officially on. This year will bring not one, but two new iPhones. With the gold iPhone 5S also being an option, it’s certainly looking like a colorful fall on Apple’s product shelves, even more so with iOS 7 releasing next month.