Yesterday’s iPhone 5s/5c announcement has brought a few changes to the iPhone lineup. The 16/32/64GB iPhone 5s is now Apple’s new top-of-the-line offering, respectively priced at $199/$299/$399 with a two-year contract. Apple has also discounted the iPhone 5 and reshuffled the iPhone 4s offering by introducing the 8GB iPhone 4s as the bargain option costing zero bucks after a two-year contract.
According to a new report, some of the California firm’s retail stores in Canada have discounted existing stock of the unlocked iPhone 5 models with sixteen and thirty-two gigabytes by $100. The off-contract 16GB iPhone 5 has also been slashed by $100 to $599, down from $699 previously…
The Pacific Centre Apple Store tells us 32GB models are now $719 (previously $799) and 64GB models are $819 (previously $899). So the 16GB model gets $100 off, while 32GB/64GB models only get $80 off.
Existing unlocked 16GB iPhone 4s units have been cut by $70 and are now available for $529.
IBNLive has confirmed the discounts.
All prices are in Canadian dollars, of course.
Discounting the unlocked iPhone 5c to $599 means shoppers in Canada can now choose between paying $599 for the refreshed plastic variant or last year’s iPhone 5. The cheaper iPhone 5 sounds like a good news for folks who feared being pushed into buying one of the new plastic iPhones in the unfortunate event of breaking their existing iPhone 5 handset by accident.
Apple typically keeps replacement stock around for old models for warranty and recently switched to actually repairing faulty iOS devices rather than replace them with refurbished counterparts.
It’s unclear if this is just one store’s discretional move or if Apple ordered its outlets across the U.S. and around the world to discount iPhone 5 to clear stock, but we’ll definitely update the article if we learn more.
The author noted he called the SoHo Apple Store in New York City which “relayed they are no longer carrying unlocked iPhone 5 units”.
If you’ve received word of discounts from an Apple Store in your area, make sure to let us know down in the comments or by dropping us a line to [email protected].