∞ Report: Apple will release two iPhones in September

One analyst says that Apple will go after the competition with both barrels in September, releasing two new iPhones instead of one iPhone 5.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]In a note to clients on Monday, Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore says he expects Apple to release an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 4GS. The 4GS would serve as a mid-range device and cater to the prepaid phone market.

According to Business Insider, the 4GS would cost about $350 and would have the same type of plan as the iPad — people would pay for what they need.

Reports of a prepaid iPhone first surfaced earlier this year from Apple COO Tim Cook. At the time Cook said that Apple “understood price is big factor in the prepaid market.” The prepaid market may seem out of Apple’s realm, but Cook said that Apple was “not ceding any market.”

  • Not a bad idea but they’ve always just dropped the price of the old version and came out with a new version. Sell the iPhone 4 for $400 and come out with an iPhone 5 for $650. Apple is consistent and this is the model they’ve used. Why stop now?

    • Dot

      That makes sense to me unless there is some new thing that Apple feels it must include in the iPhone 4 to make it a 4S.

    • Past actions don’t guarantee future actions especially concerning Apple.

  • No, it’s never gonna be called 4GS. The 3GS was a version of the 3G with more (S)peed. The current version is called iPhone 4, so a logical progression would be 4S.

  • Vamsmack

    I think they’ll release 2 iPhone 5’s or 4s’s. CDMA & GSM.

  • I’ve been begging for an iPod Touch 3G for years. Hope this is true.

    • Anonymous

      What would the difference be between an iPod Touch 3G and an iPhone? Or am I misunderstanding your naming convention?

      • I rarely use voice. I’ve always wanted an iPod Touch with a data package (like iPads), but if I could get an iPhone with 3G data, and pay-as-you-go voice that would be even better. I could then ditch this $20 goPhone. If not, I’ll keep lugging both the crap phone and an iPod Touch around. I refuse to pay $40 a month for voice when my needs are covered by $100 a year @ $0.25 a min.

        • Steven Fisher

          You can get an unlocked iPhone without a carrier contract right now through Apple, but you’ll pay dearly for it. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Once upon a time, Jim actually wrote real articles where he talked about things and discussed whether they are plausible and in keeping with Apple’s standard style. Now he just barfs up the rumors off every other site. 

    I miss the old days. 

    • Steven Fisher

      Doesn’t he usually post the link first, then his analysis later?

  • Jth9234

    Being that this is just a rumor and not real news, how about more rumors. What new features will this phone in both forms I am also guessing (GSM and CDMA) have. I highly doubt it will really be two separate phones.

    We already know it will have better tech specs, probably a better battery too, that goes without saying. But beyond the arbitrary numbers in tech specs, what will this phone do that the iPhone4 cannot?

    Facetime using the network rather than WiFi? Not a big deal since no one uses it now and jailbroken phones can already do this. The iMessage app? What else? Design/form factor being thinner, maybe? I am out of ideas…