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Old Dec 29, 2012, 11:49 PM   #1
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Likely that the 4S will still be sold when the 5S is released?

Given that Apple still sells the iPhone 4, which is 2 generations behind the 5, would it be fair to assume that the 4S will still be on sale if/when the 5S (or whatever the next iPhone is called) is released?
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 11:51 PM   #2
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Probably. Never can tell what Apple will do, but it should still be up for sale as things stand.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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Following past trends, it should available on sale at $0 on a 2 year contract on US carriers.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:03 AM   #4
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Yes it should still be available.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:16 AM   #5
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Yes, if all goes according to history the iPhone 4 will be dropped and the iPhone 4S will take its place as the free phone with 2 year contract.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:46 AM   #6
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Surprisingly, there isn't an 8GB iPhone 4S...
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 02:23 AM   #7
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Surprisingly, there isn't an 8GB iPhone 4S...
Not surprising. We didn't have an 8GB iPhone 4 until the iPhone 5 was released.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 07:57 AM   #8
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Not surprising. We didn't have an 8GB iPhone 4 until the iPhone 5 was released.
In the US we had an 8GB iPhone 4 when the 4S was released. All other models were discontinued.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:01 AM   #9
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Not surprising. We didn't have an 8GB iPhone 4 until the iPhone 5 was released.
That's propably why my mom has had an 8GB iPhone 4 for more than a year.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:13 AM   #10
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Not surprising. We didn't have an 8GB iPhone 4 until the iPhone 5 was released.
Actually, the 8GB iPhone 4 was released alongside the iPhone 4S.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:19 AM   #11
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Apple always wants to have an 'affordable' iPhone. So 4S is perfect for that.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:20 AM   #12
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I think it's safe to say it will albeit in an 8gb version. It'll be a good option for basic smartphone users. My girlfriend got the 8gb iPhone 4 earlier this year and she loves it. She texts, watches YouTube, the occasional movie and some lighter games such as angry birds. For that its fine and is more than enough for her. Capacity is her biggest limiting factor but she manages. I personally couldn't go lower than 32gb at this point. And that's a bare minimum. I'm kinda regretting not going with 64gb.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:23 AM   #13
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Apple retained the 16GB iPhone 4S this year instead of adopting a 8GB model may be due to the improved camera optics. 8MP photos and 1080p videos take up alot of capacity, so that may be a reason why Apple didn't downgrade it to 8GB.

I expect Apple to retain the 16GB iPhone 4S next year, selling at $0.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:27 AM   #14
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It will be an 8gb 4S. I doubt they will give away 16gbs for free lol
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:31 AM   #15
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Not surprising. We didn't have an 8GB iPhone 4 until the iPhone 5 was released.
The iPhone 4 was 8 GB-only since the launch of the iPhone 4S.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:38 AM   #16
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I think Apple will keep two form factors alive, the 4(S) and the 5. I don't think the current 5 will be sold after the 5S is released, just like the iPad 3 is discontinued as well.

After the 5S release, I think the current 5 will just be replaced with the 5S and the 4 (8 GB) and 4S (16 GB) will be left unchanged.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:38 AM   #17
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Apple retained the 16GB iPhone 4S this year instead of adopting a 8GB model may be due to the improved camera optics. 8MP photos and 1080p videos take up alot of capacity, so that may be a reason why Apple didn't downgrade it to 8GB.

I expect Apple to retain the 16GB iPhone 4S next year, selling at $0.
Thumbs up for this, 8GB can't do nothing for 1080p and hi res pics. You have about 5 GB to work with after iOS's reversed partition, throw in the apps and you're out of space for music.

Don't know how ppl work with the Nexus 4 8GB ver.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:46 AM   #18
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Don't know how ppl work with the Nexus 4 8GB ver.
Google stock punishes ruthlessly with 8GB versions
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:53 AM   #19
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It will be an 8gb 4S. I doubt they will give away 16gbs for free lol
I wouldn't call 379 "free".
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I wouldn't call 379 "free".
on contract technically the phone is free. The carrier isn't making you pay money up front.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 09:15 AM   #21
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i think it will as you can still get the 4 (tho it is the 8gb one)
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 09:26 AM   #22
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Right up until the iPhone 5 launched they actually still sold the 3GS

So yeah, I'm fairly sure when the 5S comes out they'll still sell the 4S, it matches their previous patterns.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 09:40 AM   #23
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I expect:
16gb 4S at $0
16gb 5 at $99
32gb 5S at $199

Well this is what I hope.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 09:49 AM   #24
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I expect:
16gb 4S at $0
16gb 5 at $99
32gb 5S at $199

Well this is what I hope.
Um, what? The brand new phone, 32GB for $199?

It will be:
8GB 4S at $0
16GB 5 at $99
16GB 5S at $199
32GB 5S at $299
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 09:53 AM   #25
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Um, what? The brand new phone, 32GB for $199?

It will be:
8GB 4S at $0
16GB 5 at $99
16GB 5S at $199
32GB 5S at $299
Yup. They don't and have never had an 8gb 4S so I don't see them producing one just to sell for $0.

Then I would hope for a 128gb top iPhone 5S and 32gb start. Especially since other manufacturers are beginning to put out higher capacity phones (for same or cheaper) with expandable memory etc.
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