Following a leaked inventory screenshot it has emerged that Canadian Carrier Telus plans to discontinue both the 32 and 64GB iPhone 5 models from September 28.
The news comes just 6 days before Apple is due to announce its brand new iPhone (most likely named the 5S) alongside a budget iPhone (likely named the 5C). The discontinued models are concrete confirmation that Apple plans to release the iPhone 5S in both a 32 and 64GB capacity, with rumors also suggesting that there may be a 128GB version, much like the iPad.
However, the inventory list doesn’t mention the 16GB version of the iPhone 5. This could suggest that the 16GB iPhone 5 will still be available to buy following the release of the 5S. Such a move is in line with Apple’s standard iPhone practice, discontinuing it’s higher end models, and continuing the previous version in its lowest storage capacity. Such a format would also allow for an 8GB iPhone 5C (in the same way that Apple released an 8GB iPhone 4 alongside the iPhone 4S). It had been suggested that Apple was planning to discontinue the entire iPhone 5 range, in favor of the iPhone 5S and the 5C, that now seems unlikely.
As you well know, the release of a new iPhone is always an excellent time to pick up the previous model at a much cheaper price. For those of you working to a more restrictive budget, or for those of you who remain unimpressed by the iPhone 5S, rest assured that the iPhone 5 will most likely still be available to buy in 16GB format by next week!
How many of you are planning to buy an iPhone 5S? Are any of you planning to use the iPhone 5S launch to pick up a cheaper model? Leave your comments below!