Apple To Release Two iPhones This Fall?

As the iPhone 4S/5 rumors ramp up, the “analysts” have started to come out with their (usually incorrect) predictions. The latest report comes from Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore who claims that Apple may be preparing to release two new iPhone models later this year.

The idea is that Apple will release their regular full-featured iPhone alongside a cheaper, unlocked iPhone priced around $349. In other words, an “iPhone 5” and “iPhone 4S”.

As Whitmore sees it, an 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.

Prepaid usage is very low in Canada, where the major carriers dominate with post-paid contracts. While it is difficult to say if a prepaid iPhone would work in Canada, it is even more difficult to find the the basis of this iPhone rumor.

On a related note, over the weekend, another analyst, Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley, reported that Apple is to begin iPhone production in mid to late August.

How many iPhone models is Apple releasing this Fall 2011? What do you think?

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  • Salix

    I’d be all in favour of prepaid in Canada, anything for some choice & control

  • Salix

    I’d be all in favour of prepaid in Canada, anything for some choice & control

  • Salix

    I’d be all in favour of prepaid in Canada, anything for some choice & control

  • Shadow

    These rumors grow more ridiculous by the day…  

  • Shadow

    These rumors grow more ridiculous by the day…  

  • Shadow

    These rumors grow more ridiculous by the day…  

  • Rio

    tbh i dont get it. Why would you go prepaid?

    I prefer a contract, I know i am going to be needing the services for as long as i live. So 3years is acceptable and out of it i get free upgrades at the end of every contract. I am paying the monthly price anyway for 3 years might as well sign a contract and get a free phone.

    Not to mention that after awhile companies like Rogers start to provide you huge discount for being a loyal customer.

  • Rio

    tbh i dont get it. Why would you go prepaid?

    I prefer a contract, I know i am going to be needing the services for as long as i live. So 3years is acceptable and out of it i get free upgrades at the end of every contract. I am paying the monthly price anyway for 3 years might as well sign a contract and get a free phone.

    Not to mention that after awhile companies like Rogers start to provide you huge discount for being a loyal customer.

  • Rio

    tbh i dont get it. Why would you go prepaid?

    I prefer a contract, I know i am going to be needing the services for as long as i live. So 3years is acceptable and out of it i get free upgrades at the end of every contract. I am paying the monthly price anyway for 3 years might as well sign a contract and get a free phone.

    Not to mention that after awhile companies like Rogers start to provide you huge discount for being a loyal customer.

  • Robin

    I just got an iPhone 4 on friday and use it on my prepaid. It’s perfect for the people that don’t use a phone much. I am at work all day where there is a phone so if someone really needs me, they can call that number. I got sick of having a phone in one pocket and an iPod in the other; so I combined them 🙂

  • Robin

    I just got an iPhone 4 on friday and use it on my prepaid. It’s perfect for the people that don’t use a phone much. I am at work all day where there is a phone so if someone really needs me, they can call that number. I got sick of having a phone in one pocket and an iPod in the other; so I combined them 🙂

  • Robin

    I just got an iPhone 4 on friday and use it on my prepaid. It’s perfect for the people that don’t use a phone much. I am at work all day where there is a phone so if someone really needs me, they can call that number. I got sick of having a phone in one pocket and an iPod in the other; so I combined them 🙂

  • Beetle

    I use my unlocked iPhone 4 with Fido prepaid.  For less than 20$/ month, I have
    enough for my needs (voice, data and sms). WI-FI is everywhere anyway now.

  • Beetle

    I use my unlocked iPhone 4 with Fido prepaid.  For less than 20$/ month, I have
    enough for my needs (voice, data and sms). WI-FI is everywhere anyway now.

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  • Anonymous

    Sure you’ll need it, but will you need the provided 500 minutes a month or just 50 minutes a month? Will you need all that unlimited text or just like 25 text? Its more about what you need. I personally dont use data and voice as much as i use text. I can live with the $1-2 a day per day data (only when needed) and like 50 minutes a month for much less i would pay for a contract ($50+ + Tax)

  • Anonymous

    Sure you’ll need it, but will you need the provided 500 minutes a month or just 50 minutes a month? Will you need all that unlimited text or just like 25 text? Its more about what you need. I personally dont use data and voice as much as i use text. I can live with the $1-2 a day per day data (only when needed) and like 50 minutes a month for much less i would pay for a contract ($50+ + Tax)

  • Anjulila

    I am all in favor of anprepaid iPhone. I am an iPod touch user. I have a cell phone for emergency use and my husband has gote into texting. Most of the time I sm connected to the net via wifi. I don’t need an expensive smartphone plan. This is another way that Canadian carriers are mollking is for every cent they can get out of us. Kudos to Apple if they can come up with a phone for the regular but not power user!

  • Zelph

    Beetle, how do you get data for under $20 a month? I’m on Rogers, and pay $10 a month for voice, and then 30¢ for each SMS, but have to pay $2 a day or $7 a week for data.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. I recently bought my friend a HTC droid phone for $200. I set him up with Fido prepaid. 250 text per month for $5, caller id, voicemail and maybe he’ll spend $10 on voice. He has wifi at home, work and school. Sure a lot cheaper than my 3gs with fido.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly. I recently bought my friend a HTC droid phone for $200. I set him up with Fido prepaid. 250 text per month for $5, caller id, voicemail and maybe he’ll spend $10 on voice. He has wifi at home, work and school. Sure a lot cheaper than my 3gs with fido.

  • Vazandrew

    I use a lot of data so don’t think this would work for me.  I have the 6GB plan and average 4-5 per month because of the work that I do.  Voice, not as much but still around 60-70min, and I do text a fair amount.

  • Vazandrew

    I use a lot of data so don’t think this would work for me.  I have the 6GB plan and average 4-5 per month because of the work that I do.  Voice, not as much but still around 60-70min, and I do text a fair amount.

  • Vazandrew

    I use a lot of data so don’t think this would work for me.  I have the 6GB plan and average 4-5 per month because of the work that I do.  Voice, not as much but still around 60-70min, and I do text a fair amount.

  • Rio

    So then you could always stick to a cheaper plan more fit to what you need?

    I use about half my mins and all of my texts and the 6GB of data comes very useful, for my bus rides everyday.  To me prepaid is like renting a house, why rent and let that money go nowhere when you can invest in a house and eventually benefit from it.

    I understand there is always the exception, like the person who is in and out of the country or the person who only uses his phone for emergency etc. But i dont see the big deal being made about prepaid.

    My parents have been on prepaid for a a long time now, but if they signed up for a plan when they first started, even though their usage is minimal, they would be on a super cheap plan and have what ever phone they wanted without spending an extra dime.

  • Rio

    So then you could always stick to a cheaper plan more fit to what you need?

    I use about half my mins and all of my texts and the 6GB of data comes very useful, for my bus rides everyday.  To me prepaid is like renting a house, why rent and let that money go nowhere when you can invest in a house and eventually benefit from it.

    I understand there is always the exception, like the person who is in and out of the country or the person who only uses his phone for emergency etc. But i dont see the big deal being made about prepaid.

    My parents have been on prepaid for a a long time now, but if they signed up for a plan when they first started, even though their usage is minimal, they would be on a super cheap plan and have what ever phone they wanted without spending an extra dime.

  • Anonymous

    The minimum cost per month to get an iPhone to my knowledge is $50 with Fido. $25 voice and $25 data. Other carriers are the same or more. So $50 per month. For $35/month you could get 500MB, caller id, voicemail, 250 text and a few dozen minutes. It’s not necessarily ideal for some people, but if you have a phone at work and at home it’s fine. So save $15/mo x 36 and you’ve saved $540. That’s approximately the subsidy of the phone. If you don’t absolutely need data, you can get by on even less on prepaid. For a lot of people it IS in fact cheaper, there is just a bigger upfront cost. 

    Now consider your freedom to get new phones, different carrier, leave the country, change your plan with no limitations etc. That is worth more than anything to some users as well. It makes sense for a lot of people. What also makes sense is simply buying your phone outright and choosing whatever monthly plans you like and go month-to-month. 3 year contracts are awful and in many cases buying outright for monthly plans or prepaid makes more sense financially and for the sake of freedom.

  • Anonymous

    The minimum cost per month to get an iPhone to my knowledge is $50 with Fido. $25 voice and $25 data. Other carriers are the same or more. So $50 per month. For $35/month you could get 500MB, caller id, voicemail, 250 text and a few dozen minutes. It’s not necessarily ideal for some people, but if you have a phone at work and at home it’s fine. So save $15/mo x 36 and you’ve saved $540. That’s approximately the subsidy of the phone. If you don’t absolutely need data, you can get by on even less on prepaid. For a lot of people it IS in fact cheaper, there is just a bigger upfront cost. 

    Now consider your freedom to get new phones, different carrier, leave the country, change your plan with no limitations etc. That is worth more than anything to some users as well. It makes sense for a lot of people. What also makes sense is simply buying your phone outright and choosing whatever monthly plans you like and go month-to-month. 3 year contracts are awful and in many cases buying outright for monthly plans or prepaid makes more sense financially and for the sake of freedom.

  • Anonymous

    The minimum cost per month to get an iPhone to my knowledge is $50 with Fido. $25 voice and $25 data. Other carriers are the same or more. So $50 per month. For $35/month you could get 500MB, caller id, voicemail, 250 text and a few dozen minutes. It’s not necessarily ideal for some people, but if you have a phone at work and at home it’s fine. So save $15/mo x 36 and you’ve saved $540. That’s approximately the subsidy of the phone. If you don’t absolutely need data, you can get by on even less on prepaid. For a lot of people it IS in fact cheaper, there is just a bigger upfront cost. 

    Now consider your freedom to get new phones, different carrier, leave the country, change your plan with no limitations etc. That is worth more than anything to some users as well. It makes sense for a lot of people. What also makes sense is simply buying your phone outright and choosing whatever monthly plans you like and go month-to-month. 3 year contracts are awful and in many cases buying outright for monthly plans or prepaid makes more sense financially and for the sake of freedom.

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  • Thats why I got an iPhone originally too.  I was carrying too many electronics around

  • Thats why I got an iPhone originally too.  I was carrying too many electronics around

  • Beetle

    @33546f725bfac9c1593927a7d56e4ead:disqus  You’re correct but knowing that:
    1) I shouldn’t have to use my Phone for data at work during the day;
    2) I use Rogers hotspots and other free trustable Wi-Fi networks during lunch time
    3) I have access to my personal network at home during the evening
    4) I sleep during the night

    So I can get the daily pass for $2. a bunch of times during a month…if required

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  • Anonymous

    Same reason here. Too bad my iPhone 3G is now pretty-useless for most functions cuz it’s so slow. Even an incoming email’s sound stutters the iPod app on my iPhone. Pretty pathetic Apple.

  • Vazandrew

    How is that Apples fault? You’re using 3 year old hardware..mobile technology is evolving at a supremely fast rate. You don’t have to upgrade the phone but as you move to newer software it’s going to have a hard time after a certain point

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see how it could not be Apple’s fault. Are you somehow implying that it’s my fault that the device I purchased from Apple and upgraded with their upgrade is my fault? HA.

    iOS4 was an update offered by Apple, and if it’s an update, that should mean it’s better. Also, if I update, and it isn’t better, it’s also Apple’s fault for not giving me the option to downgrade.  An upgrade to my device shouldn’t actually completely cripple the device. There has not been a single day since I upgraded to iOS4 on my iPhone 3G that I haven’t wanted to throw it at a wall; usually the thought comes up multiple times per day.

    Part of releasing any software is testing it appropriately in every scenario that can legitimately be tested. Receiving an email while listening to the iPod on a iPhone 3G is a legitimate scenario that needs to be tested. Playing iPhone Pong while hanging upside down in the desert with wind-speeds of a minimum of 60MPH is not a legitimate scenario.

    :. It is Apple’s fault.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see how it could not be Apple’s fault. Are you somehow implying that it’s my fault that the device I purchased from Apple and upgraded with their upgrade is my fault? HA.

    iOS4 was an update offered by Apple, and if it’s an update, that should mean it’s better. Also, if I update, and it isn’t better, it’s also Apple’s fault for not giving me the option to downgrade.  An upgrade to my device shouldn’t actually completely cripple the device. There has not been a single day since I upgraded to iOS4 on my iPhone 3G that I haven’t wanted to throw it at a wall; usually the thought comes up multiple times per day.

    Part of releasing any software is testing it appropriately in every scenario that can legitimately be tested. Receiving an email while listening to the iPod on a iPhone 3G is a legitimate scenario that needs to be tested. Playing iPhone Pong while hanging upside down in the desert with wind-speeds of a minimum of 60MPH is not a legitimate scenario.

    :. It is Apple’s fault.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see how it could not be Apple’s fault. Are you somehow implying that it’s my fault that the device I purchased from Apple and upgraded with their upgrade is my fault? HA.

    iOS4 was an update offered by Apple, and if it’s an update, that should mean it’s better. Also, if I update, and it isn’t better, it’s also Apple’s fault for not giving me the option to downgrade.  An upgrade to my device shouldn’t actually completely cripple the device. There has not been a single day since I upgraded to iOS4 on my iPhone 3G that I haven’t wanted to throw it at a wall; usually the thought comes up multiple times per day.

    Part of releasing any software is testing it appropriately in every scenario that can legitimately be tested. Receiving an email while listening to the iPod on a iPhone 3G is a legitimate scenario that needs to be tested. Playing iPhone Pong while hanging upside down in the desert with wind-speeds of a minimum of 60MPH is not a legitimate scenario.

    :. It is Apple’s fault.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see how it could not be Apple’s fault. Are you somehow implying that it’s my fault that the device I purchased from Apple and upgraded with their upgrade is my fault? HA.

    iOS4 was an update offered by Apple, and if it’s an update, that should mean it’s better. Also, if I update, and it isn’t better, it’s also Apple’s fault for not giving me the option to downgrade.  An upgrade to my device shouldn’t actually completely cripple the device. There has not been a single day since I upgraded to iOS4 on my iPhone 3G that I haven’t wanted to throw it at a wall; usually the thought comes up multiple times per day.

    Part of releasing any software is testing it appropriately in every scenario that can legitimately be tested. Receiving an email while listening to the iPod on a iPhone 3G is a legitimate scenario that needs to be tested. Playing iPhone Pong while hanging upside down in the desert with wind-speeds of a minimum of 60MPH is not a legitimate scenario.

    :. It is Apple’s fault.

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