The Guardian UK - '2 New iPhones'

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  1. theking79 macrumors 6502

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/oct/04/iphone-5-on-sale-14-october


    Mobile phone networks have been told to expect two new iPhones and announce prices on Thursday, with the first phones available only in-store on Friday 14 October.

    Negotiations with Apple over pricing will begin at 6pm this evening, when Tim Cook takes the stage for his first product launch as chief executive.

    "All we know is, there will be two devices, we will put our pricing in to Apple as soon as Tim Cook goes on stage, and we hope to get agreement to announce prices on Thursday," said a source at one UK operator, who also confirmed the 14 October shipping date.

    Secrecy surrounding the launch has been such that none of the five UK networks has any details of the handsets to be released. Apple is thought to be ready to reveal two: an all-new iPhone 5, and an "iPhone 4S", an updated iPhone 4 where the base model will be priced to take on cheaper Android phones in the mass market.

    All five UK networks will have access to the new phones on day one, and it is understood that independent retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u will also be stocking the handsets. Carphone is understood to have done a deal directly with Apple for the first time, which means it will be able to sell phones "unlocked" – free from contracts with particular networks. The company declined to comment.

    Outside Apple stores, supplies of the new handsets are likely to be so restricted that carriers and retailers will only sell them in-store, rather than via their websites. Apple's flagship stores are understood to be preparing to welcome shoppers at 7am on 14 October, with a number staying open until midnight.

    According to pages accidentally released early on Vodafone's German website, the 4S will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, compared with the iPhone 4 which comes in 16GB and 32GB versions.

    According to Apple fan blog 9to5Mac, the price of an unlocked 4S will replace the price of the current 32GB iPhone 4, which retails from Apple at £612. The 32GB model will retail at about £510, the current price of the 16GB iPhone 4.

    In the US, it is expected that prices with subsidies from mobile carriers on a two-year contract could range from $99 for the cheapest iPhone 4S to $199 and $299, putting it in competition with a number of Android phones
     
  2. Zepaw macrumors 65816

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    I am blown away that an hour from announcement it is almost a coin toss of whether there will be an iPhone "5" alongside the 4S. Keeps it so much more exciting.
     
  3. eddieaus macrumors regular

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    wow, it's from british media, it must be true then;)
     
  4. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

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    Calling the Guardian "the media" isn't really a fair representation. They are the most respected newspaper in Britain.
     
  5. Deanoaka macrumors member

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    All this from perhaps the most trusted media source in the UK. I bloody hope so!!!
     
  6. theking79 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wouldn't say that, they are heavily influenced by the left wing
     
  7. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

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    Rather the left than the right.
    Don't forget that without the Guardian, the whole "Phone Hacking scandal" would've been brushed under the carpet, it was they who kept pushing it.
     
  8. theking79 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    only because murdoch's papers are their major rival. It's all to do with Murdoch
     
  9. imwinning macrumors newbie

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    Pink iPhone available (breast cancer research).

    The iPhone 5 coming in January. Fuuuug.
    4S coming in white, black, and pink for an additional$20 donation to breast cancer research.

    Yippy fricken doo, Apple.

    Buddy of mine at my Apple store just filled me in.
     
  10. Patriot24 macrumors 68030

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    There is no way Apple would do this. You're not going to have millions of people buy a 4s over the holidays and then trot out a 5 in January. This is BS.
     
  11. imwinning macrumors newbie

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    My source is putting up the store models as we speak. Believe it, or be disappointed.
     
  12. Thajtodad macrumors member

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    And your source just conviniently decided not to take any pics either:rolleyes:...If apple were going to bring out a new phone in January why would they announce it now before the holidays?
     
  13. Zepaw macrumors 65816

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    You are clearly making it up because my source owns 10 Apple stores and says they are releasing the iPhone 7 next week.
     
  14. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

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    Other than the Independent, no other paper stands up to the Guardian's stature, imo
     
  15. Frenchjay macrumors 68000

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    I have a huge distrust for mainstream media but the Guardian is the best British newspaper without a doubt. They broke the phone hacking scandal and covered the Bilderberg meetings when everyone other news channel was saying you have a mental illness if you think top military, media, business, politicians, royalty all meet in secret to discuss who knows what.

    Let's hope they are right on this one :)
     

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