Think New iPhones are Coming Sept 6? Think Again

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Rumors say new iPhones on September 6. They're wrong.Apple will launch not only a replacement for the iPhone 5, but also a lower priced new iPhone model on September 6, according to a report from iFun. That sounds great, except that it's wrong.

The September 6 launch rumor came courtesy of iFun (English translation) sources who pegged the date and the fact that two types of iPhones would be coming. While a lower priced iPhone to replace Apple's current system of selling previous year's models at a discount is plausible, the September 6 date has already been shot down.

Word that the early September date is flat-out wrong comes from The Loop's Jim Dalrymple and his trademark "nope." The Loop's "yep" and "nope" track record is spot-on and so far has been about a close to an official Apple statement without hearing the words coming out of Tim Cook's mouth.

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks September 27 is more likely, and it certainly seems more plausible. The 27th lands at the beginning of fall, and Apple promised fall product launches. It also gives Apple a couple more weeks to polish up iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks before giving both OS updates to the public.

Apple hasn't said yet exactly when new iPhone models will ship, and all we can really glean from the "nope" ruling is that they won't becoming on September 6.

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We're getting closer to a new iPhone launch, but Apple isn't confirming anything yet. As excitement for the new iPhones builds we'll probably see more reports claiming to know when they're really coming. Until Apple makes an official statement, however, it's all rumor and speculation.

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Lee Dronick

I have reached out to iFun for facts to back up their claim, but they have not responded.

John Dingler, artist

What’s the use of a new lower priced iPhone? We already have a lower priced iPhone by way of the previous model which Apple sells for less than the newest model. The new lower priced model will be lower by, what $20-$40? If so, so what when the context is the total cost of ownership/yr is about $1500+ taking into acct. the yearly cost of the carrier contract?

John Dingler, artist

Unless Apple introduces its own service and be prepaid, to Apple of course.

Lee Dronick

What is the use of lower priced iPhone? It is something that pundits think Apple needs to do.

What features would Apple not include or cripple in a cheaper iPhone?


The point of a cheaper phone is that one trend is that people are buying phones more now and not leasing them from service providers. If APple is to be competitive in this growing market (of which I am a member) then they need a phone that is cheaper to purchase outright. I would love to have an iPhone but can’t see the extra money from a ‘good enough’ android.

John Dingler, artist

The fundamental question is just how much less, including the contract, one pays/yr with a lower cost iPhone? I say that the contract remains the same amt. as with the highest priced iPhone, saving only a few bucks off of the lower priced iPhone which would appeal only to those naive enough to be hoodwinked into not considering the relatively huge, the non-reduced carrier contract for one year/two years.

Pashtun Wally

4/4S is old tech, with the old connector and the older chips.

By replacing 4/4S now with a new-tech 5 in the lower price tier, they get the maximum number of 30-pin-dependent devices out of circulation;  they can leverage quantities to push their cost on the 5 lower still;  they can bolster 3rd-party transition to the lightning connector;  they get to roll out a NEW new phone to rank above the 5;  they stimulate a whole new round of irresistible upgrades for everyone who doesn’t have at least a 5 yet.


4/4S is also probably made of many more (ageing) parts than the latest designs and those parts come from many different vendors from which Apple would like to free itself - as it seems that they are willing to integrate more hardware internals such as chips.

Pashtun Wally

I forgot to also reference the 4/4S BAN impending.  A GREAT time to kick the props out from under the competition!

I do in fact believe the ‘5C’ (or whatever it is) will replace the 4, not the 5 (hell, it IS the 5)...but I also believe we will see the iPhone 6, as well.  Seriously, the entire industry (plus “the market”, plus lots of ‘enthusiasts’) has been crying long enough that it’s time for Apple to put up or shut up, so this is not a time to play timid, especially if it will get folks off Tim Cook’s back AND rock the competition.  The more I think about it, the more I think Apple’s had the 6 done for a while, and normally might have given us a 5S to go with the ‘C’, just to watch the competition and the tech, and while I was perfectly happy with the possibility of a 5s, I truly think they’d miss a SERIOUS opportunity to knock socks off, shut everyone up, and continue making bank at amazing rates.

Whatever it is, I’m squarely in their sights:  my 4 is over 3 years old now, and its performance is suffering.  I’ll be buying last year’s tech either way…except…if it’s a 6….

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