Apple To Launch iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 In Late August; Unlocked iPhone 3GS For $350?

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BGR reports that according to their incredibly solid source, Apple will be introducing the next generation iPhone by end of the Summer, late August-ish.

According to BGR’s source, Apple will also start offering iPhone 3GS without a contract for $350 to target the prepaid market with the launch of the fifth generation iPhone.

BGR’s source is also not sure whether the next iPhone will be the completely redesigned one as reported earlier, or it will look like iPhone 4 and come with minor improvements such as faster processor, improved camera etc. Their source is of the opinion that if the new iPhone was a completely redesigned iPhone then we would have probably seen leaked next generation iPhone cases by now.

They theorized that we’d have seen new 3rd party cases by now if the upcoming iPhone featured a different exterior, though Apple has surely been cracking down on their case specification leaks. If this turns out to be true, it will mean there would be an iPhone 4S in addition to the prepaid iPhone 3GS available within the next month to two. Let’s do one better, though. In addition to that news, we are told that Apple will continue to sell the current iPhone 4 as well, finally giving the company a full range of devices in the lower, mid, and high-end price segments.

So far we’ve heard conflicting reports about next generation iPhone’s form factor. According to some reports, next generation iPhone will be completely redesigned and will look more like iPod Touch 4G rather than iPhone 4. While, some reports like this one claim that fifth generation iPhone will come with improved specifications such as faster processor, 8-megapixel camera etc. just like iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, but won’t feature an all-new design and will look like iPhone 4, which is being dubbed as iPhone 4S.

This is also not the first time, we’re hearing about the possibility of Apple offering iPhone 3GS as the entry level iPhone along with iPhone 5/iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. Few weeks back, Deutsche Bank’s analyst Chris Whitmore predicted that Apple will launch a cheaper iPhone for $349 for the price sensitive prepaid market later this fall and another analyst has even predicted that Apple will offer iPhone 3GS for free with a 2-year contract, when it launches iPhone 5.

A free iPhone 3GS with a 2-year contract or unlocked one for $350 does sound like a good idea to us. With this approach, Apple also won’t have to go through the hassle of updating two iPhone models every year.

What’s on your wish list for the next iPhone? Do you want a completely redesigned iPhone or will you still buy or upgrade to one if it is a specs bumped iPhone 4?

[via BGR]

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