Next-Generation iPhone to Launch at Same Price as Previous Subsidized iPhones?

Iphone 5

As if there was any doubt, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple will introduce six new models of the next-generation iPhone (iPhone 5) with an internal identifier of “N42″. This new device will ship in white and black variants and will be offered at the same $199/$299/$399 price points as the iPhone 4S that preceded it. Here’s an except from the report:

Here is the part codes matrix for the new iPhone launch from a source at a well-known U.S. retail chain: N42A-USA -$199, N42B-USA-$199, N42A-USA-$299, N42B-USA-$299, N42A-USA-$399, N42B-USA-$399. A + B signify black and white. 

We also understand that this new iPhone N42 will come in the same prices as the iPhone 4S. With this, we speculate that the configurations will remain at the iPhone 4S’s 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.

It would seem that the new iPhone will cost the same as the iPhone 4S with the signing of a two year contract, while offering more screen real-estate and a thinner form factor. There had been rumors circulating that the Apple would be charging more for the device than they had previous generations. At this critical juncture where Apple is fighting with Android for marketshare, the company simply cannot afford to increase the cost of the device. If anything, they need to be heading the other way, with say, a free device.

Preorders for the new iPhone are expected to begin shortly after, if not on the day of the announcement. Come back to iSource often for up-to-date coverage.

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