According to recent reports, pre-sales for the highly anticipated iPhone will soon begin, the same day Apple is expected to announce the device.
The news was reported by Rene Ritchie of iMore, who said that Apple is to start taking pre-orders of the iPhone 5, “at least in the US,” from Sept. 12.
The next generation Apple’s product likely won’t go on sale until Sept. 21, the new report says there will hardly be any gap between the phone’s unveiling and the start of pre-orders.
iResQ suggests that a second wave of iPhone 5 launches, “for international markets not included in the Sept. 21 launch, will come in early October, likely on Oct. 5”.
iMore compared the upcoming iPhone 5 announcement to the release procedure of its predecessor iPhone 4S last year, predicting that the Cupertino based tech giant seemed to be more aggressive this year.
Even as iPhone 4S was announced Oct. 4 last year, pre-orders were made available the next Friday, Oct. 7, claims The International Business Times.
The iPhone 4S arrived in U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K. Oct.14 and by the end of that month, the rollout extended to 22 more countries.
Before the official release of the highly anticipated next generation device, retailers are slashing prices on Apple’s previous models.
Target’s retail price for the iPhone 4S was starting at $150 for the 16GB model with two-year contracts on Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. However, the offer wasn’t available on the company’s website Monday afternoon.
“Sprint was the first to slash the price of the 4S by $50 last week. The carrier priced the 4S model at $150 with a new, two-year contract. Sprint also waived its activation fee for online purchases,” reports WPTV.
“Best Buy began pricing the iPhone 4, 8GB model at $50 with a new contract just a few days earlier. The offer still stood on its website Monday afternoon.”
PC World Magazine writes that the Cupertino company was reportedly quietly matching the $150 price at is retail stores, but customers asked for the discount as it was not openly advertised.
Mass speculations about the next model of world-known iPhone has the smartphone world abuzz. The device maker has an event planned for the week of September 10.
The upcoming iPhone 5 debut would be ahead of Apple’s previous release schedule of once per year, except for the previous iPhone version, which was not released until 16 months after the iPhone 4.
As usual, Apple Inc. is very stingy with information, thus giving free rein to the wildest rumors. We have already seen with the release of the iPhone 4S and its previous rumors, most were false.
Details of the anticipated device, including its name, have not been released. Several reports state the new phone will have a slightly larger screen and a smaller dock connector.
Analysts predict that with iPhone 5, Apple seems to have the intention of hitting the market with a bang. As Slashgear predicted, with the new iPhone, “Apple will bring the device on so quick you won’t have time to decide if you actually want it or not – you’ll have to buy it!”