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iPhone 5 Release Date in Canada and Pricing [Predictions] STICKY

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In less than 24 hours, Apple CEO Tim Cook will grace the stage and announce Apple’s next generation iPhone 5. Based on leaks, we can assume we already know what’s coming, hardware wise.

But let’s take an annual look at when we think the iPhone 5 launch date will be in Canada, and some price predictions. Apple is company that tends to follow somewhat predictable patterns, and based on last year’s iPhone 4S launch schedule and pricing scheme, we feel it should stay somewhat the same.

Let’s step back and take a look at last year’s iPhone 4S ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ event:

October 4th (Wednesday) – Let’s Talk iPhone event
October 7th (Friday)Pre-orders start for the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, France and Germany; same offering from RogersFido, Telus, Bell, Virgin, Koodo, Best BuyFuture Shop;
October 14th (Friday) – Official release date for United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, France and Germany; SaskTel and MTS announces availability coming soon

Old model pricing:
iPhone 4 – $99 on 3 year contract
iPhone 3GS – free on 3 year contract

Rogers, Telus and Bell iPhone 4S pricing (3 year contracts):
16GB – $159
32GB – $269
64GB – $369

Apple Unlocked iPhone 4S pricing:
16GB – $649
32GB – $749
64GB – $849

If history repeats itself, then we could see the following predictions for tomorrow:

September 12th (Wednesday) It’s Almost Here iPhone event
September 14th (Friday) – Pre-orders start (rumoured 6AM start this time) for the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, France and Germany; same offering from Rogers, Fido, Telus, Bell, Virgin, Koodo, Best Buy, Future Shop; possibly SaskTel and MTS once again (they have LTE)
September 21st (Friday) – Official release date for United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, France and Germany; doors open at 8AM local time

Old model pricing:
iPhone 4S- $99 on 3 year contract
8GB iPhone 4 – free on 3 year contract

Rogers, Telus and Bell iPhone 5 pricing (3 year contracts):
16GB – $159
32GB – $269
64GB – $369

Apple Unlocked iPhone 5 pricing
16GB – $649
32GB – $749
64GB – $849

With the next iPhone confirmed by the WSJ to include LTE, I would be shocked if Canada wasn’t part of the initial launch given how vast our ‘Big 3’ LTE coverage is at this point. With the launch of the new iPad, Rogers, Bell and Telus graced the presentation slide as 3 of 5 official LTE carriers in North America. I can’t see why we wouldn’t be represented again for the upcoming LTE-enabled iPhone 5.

One change I would hope, is the doubling of the new iPhone’s storage capacity for the same price. That would be a typical Apple move, and is something we’ve all been waiting for, as a 16GB capacity seems to feel smaller and smaller year after year (thanks to larger media file sizes, bigger apps).

Here’s a round up of some iPhone 5 rumours, if you haven’t seen them already. Get ready for tomorrow!

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