While the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be the first choice of many fans, Apple is in plans to launch the iPhone 5s 8GB variant to please mass buyers in the global markets. TechOne3 has exclusively learnt that the company is set to launch the 8GB iPhone 5s this year to fill the empty space following the discontinuation of the iPhone 5c.
A supply chain source confirmed the launch of the Apple iPhone 5s 8GB variant in an exclusive conversation with TechOne3. The source said that the new variant will be arrived in the coming couple of months and would be launched in emerging markets, including India and China, by the end of this year.
“Apple is in development to once again capture the mid-range market with launching the iPhone 5s 8GB variant this year,” the source told TechOne3, adding, “The new variant will go on sale especially in the emerging markets [mainly India and China] as early as December.”
Apple had launched the iPhone 5s in September 2013, alongside the iPhone 5c. Though the iPhone 5s was once the flagship offering by the Cupertino giant, it is now the cheapest iPhone option available in the market as the company has just discontinued the iPhone 5c.
The source didn’t confirm the price of the iPhone 5s, but suggested that it would be a few dollars more than the official price of the iPhone 5c 16GB variant. Further, the source said that the specifications and design of the 8GB variant will remain be the same of the original iPhone 5s, except have more storage.
The Apple iPhone 5s is currently available in India with a starting price tag of about Rs. 33,000. It sports a 4-inch Retina display and is powered by a 64-bit Apple A7 chipset along with an M7 coprocessor. Although it presently runs on iOS 8.4, the company is set to release an upgrade to iOS 9 next week.