iPhone 5S, 5C Price Cut To $29, $99 Permanently At Walmart Ahead Of iPhone 6's Rumored Fall Launch
Apple's latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S, and its colorful companion, the iPhone 5C, have been permanently discounted at Walmart, the retailer announced Thursday.
A spokesperson for the company told Engadget that it will now offer the 16GB iPhone 5S in stores for $99 with two-year contract (down from $149) and the 16GB iPhone 5C for $29 (down from $49) as part of its deal. Apple Insider reports that price cuts for the 32GB versions of each smartphone are also expected to be announced at a later date.
Walmart's motive for the price cuts is unknown, although it would seem to suggest the retailer is beginning to gear up for the launches of the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models.
The sixth-generation Apple smartphone is being tied to a September release date, which the reports are now suggesting will be Friday, the 19th.
Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that the iPhone 6 will enter mass production in July, according to sources familiar with Apple's plans.
The publication added that the next-generation Apple smartphones will likely ship to retailers around the same time in September, suggesting that the devices will release together and not staggered, as previously rumored.
The update comes just a few days after Reuters reported that the rumored iWatch would enter mass production in July.
Key alleged iPhone 6 features were revealed in recent leaks, including a 128GB memory option for the "phablet" 5.5-inch iPhone 6. A Chinese report added, however, that both smartphone models would skip the 16GB option and start at 32GB and 64GB options, instead. The larger iPhone will also apparently feature a better camera than the 4.7-inch model thanks to the addition of optical image stabilization, which improves photo quality in low light conditions.