Recent reports revealed that Apple had also slashed its iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S prices by offering a $49 price-matching discount. The move marked a departure from Apple’s policies, as the company usually does not offer price matching on its devices. The price-matching offer is only valid in stores and does not apply to online purchases.
As reported earlier, Sprint began offering a $50 discount on Aug. 7. The carrier had dropped the iPhone 4S prices to $149.99, $249.99, and $ 349.99 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions, respectively. The move fueled speculations that the impending iPhone 5 launch was behind the price drop.
By contrast, the iPhone 5 is brand new, and judging by the circulating rumors, the device has embraced many firsts, such as a 3D camera and AirShare. The iPhone 5 is expected to pack a bevy of new features and several improvements over the existing models, including a better battery. The next-gen smartphone’s defining feature will be its larger 4-inch display, compared to iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S’ 3.5-inch one. Moreover, Mobile Accessories the new iPhone is also expected to include NFC and 4G LTE. The LTE technology offers impressive speed and makes the upgrade to the newer version worthwhile. With its faster processor and slimmer unibody design, the iPhone 5 edge out the existing iPhone models with ease.
With several retailers and network operators offering discounts, consumers are likely to be tempted. However, since pre-launch inventory clearing has led to the reduction, it is likely that prices will go down even further after the iPhone 5 launch.