September 9, 2013
Apple used to be very good at keeping future products a secret. This is no longer the case. Barring a last second change, Cupertino will reveal two new iPhones tomorrow, and also announce a release date for iOS 7 for the iPhone/iPod touch. Big questions do remain, including the following:
How many different colors?I’m somewhat convinced that each circle on Apple’s invitation to tomorrow’s event represents a different colored iPhone 5C. If this is true, Apple is set to release the lower-cost handset in eight different colors. These include: green, blue, light blue, purple, orange, red, pink, and white. Still, this many colors sounds like a logistical nightmare, no? What about the iPhone 5S? Models in black/slate, and white/silver are guaranteed, as is the new champagne-colored model. The biggest unknown is whether Apple also releases a new graphite colored model.
What drive sizes will be offered?It looks like Apple could be keeping the 16GB iPhone 5 in production. If correct, this probably means that we’re about to see our first iPhone with 128GB. Assuming that Apple keeps its price points in check, this means we’ll see the following:
Turning to the iPhone 5C, less is certain. The very reason that Apple is releasing the iPhone 5C is to offer a lower-cost handset. With this in mind, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple only offer a 16GB model this time around. Otherwise, the price points could get too close to the iPhone 5S.
- 32GB iPhone 5S, $199
- 64GB iPhone 5S, $299
- 128GB iPhone 5S, $399