Apple To Launch Two iPhone Models: Cheaper iPhone 4 Look-Alike & Teardrop Shaped iPhone 5?

9 to 5 Mac reports that Apple will indeed launch two iPhone models – a cheaper entry-level iPhone model that looks like iPhone 4, which has been dubbed iPhone 4S and a teardrop shaped iPhone 5.

9 to 5 Mac claims that iPhone 4S will be offered in both prepaid and post paid plans.

9 to 5 Mac reports:

We’ve heard that there are indeed two different models of iPhone coming out next month (announced this month?)  We still think October 7th is the scheduled release date give or take any delays.  We’ve heard the low-end model, which is essentially an iPhone 4 look-alike (glass front and back), is rolling off the assembly line in big numbers right now.  Apple expects to have 10+ million of these things on hand for launch and full ramped production into the holiday shopping season.  These will be priced aggressively and be everywhere.

9 to 5 Mac goes on to add that the redesigned iPhone 5 is seeing production delays, which could lead to shortages into 2012:

It appears that the tear-drop shaped iPhone 5 with larger screen and thinner, rounder body is seeing continued design and production delays, at least on one assembly line (Apple has multiple production sources – Pegatron, Foxconn, etc).  We therefore think that iPhone 5 will be delayed slightly at the very least and may see shortages all the way into 2012.

A tear-drop shaped suggests that it could be something like these iPhone 5 renderings that were based on the leaked case designs.

As 9 to 5 Mac points out, a pre-paid iPhone 4S would be a big deal as analysts believe that iPhone 4S that is unlocked, priced around $349, and comes with a pre-paid voice plan would “drive significantly greater penetration” into an addressable market that has grown to include 1.5 billion potential customers in 98 countries, two thirds of whom prefer pre-paid plans.

Apple is widely expected to unveil iPhone 5 along with iPhone 4S and the new iPod product line at a special media event this month and release it in the first week of October.

Ever since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Apple has launched the new iPhone in summer, so we don’t think it can afford to delay the iPhone 5 launch any further.

[via 9 to 5 Mac]