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  • How Much Will The 4th Generation iPhone Cost?



    A prominent industry analyst is taking a swing at what the new iPhone will cost when Apple formally introduces the 4th generation version of the popular handset at the company's 2010 WWDC in early June. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is predicting that Apple will roll out a 32GB model of the 4th gen iPhone at $199 and a 64GB model for $299.

    While few other industry analysts have formally weighed in on the estimated cost of the new device, these estimates (which are on par with the current prices of the 16GB and 32GB models of the iPhone 3GS) are certainly in line with most Apple fans and prospective 4th gen iPhone buyers are expecting.

    Munster also sees in his crystal ball that the new iPhone will hit the marketplace shortly after its June 7th introduction and possibly be available by the end of next month. Although the Piper Jaffray analyst will likely be close to his target estimates with both the pricing and release information for the new handset, Munster isn't necessarily proposing any suggestions that haven't already been floating about the rumor mill.

    Overall, since the infamous lost/stolen iPhone fiasco earlier this year, few secrets have remained about the attributes the 4th generation iPhone will boast. But notwithstanding the lack of mystery, hype remains greater than ever for the updated iPhone's big reveal, likely on tap for Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote address at the World Wide Developer Conference, scheduled to begin June 7th in San Francisco.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: How Much Will The 4th Generation iPhone Cost? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 84 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I hope for $99 for a 128Gb
      But I also hope for World Peace
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      ^ lol good price but won't see that happen!
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by arem View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by aimetti View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      I'm positive that they will hold capacity bumps at those price points until the next refresh after the 4th-gen iPhone / iPhone HD. There are enough things to justify the refresh already and Apple is famous for holding out on features to create an upgrade cycle. "Feature crunch."

      If they have a 64GB model, it will be more than $300 because 16GB will be $199 and 32GB will be $299.
      not really czroe

      when the 3g went from 8gb / 16gb to the 3gs 16 gb / 32gb respectively the price stayed the same. Most would expect the same now.

      not to mention the ipod touch already has 64 gb, not a huge deal here.
      Yep, look at Apple's history here...
      For as long as even the iPod has been out, they always raise the storage/features, and either drop the price, or leave it the same.
      That's what's going to happen here.
      The top-model (in this case the 64GB 4th gen....actually, I think I'm going to call it the Mark 4, er..."Mk IIII" iPhone) will be $299 with a two-year ATT agreement.
      What I want to know is this: Will we see factory unlocked iPhones in the US? And if so, what's the premium?
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      That's the same flawed logic this "analyst" is using. No. This time there is more than a simple CPU speed and memory bump. In addition to the second camera, flash, better battery, etc, there will likely be a DL speed increase too (AT&T's "3.5G" HSPA+). All of iPhone OS 4's features will not be accessible to iPhone and iPhone 3G, so there are even more potential upgraders, especially due to aging batteries. Mark my words: 16GB, $199, 32GB, $299, 64GB is only possible in the future and/or at a higher price.

      Neither you nor the analyst seem to account for the fact that an "in the wild" 4th gen iPhone HD was already seen with only 16GB. That's pretty damning evidence right there and it just so happens to fit my reasoning.
      I called out the so-called analyst for using the same lazy logic and I hope he and both of you feel like idiots. iPhone 4 was just announced as being $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB. Boo ya! Edit: Interesting to see the new 8GB 3GS at $99.

      J/K about the "idiot" part but maybe next time you'll listen to the challenging logic someone else presents before just repeating the mainstream "obvious" logic it was challenging! "Not really" isn't an argument and of course I was aware of the last capacity bumps. What the previous bumps DIDN'T have were all the other additional features to upgrade for.

      I was disappointed to see no mention of HSPA+. Doesn't mean we won't see it though.
    1. geesie's Avatar
      geesie -
      For those who will have the 4 soon, keep us posted. Lots of rumours that delivery outside the US will be delayed.