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Might Apple release the iPhone 5S this summer after all?
While the most recent chatter has pointed to late September or early October availability – almost exactly one year after the iPhone 5 debuted – we wouldn't be surprised to see the new smartphone take the world by storm earlier in September, perhaps even before the first day of fall.
Apple wraps a promo for college students on Sept. 6, which gives them a $50 iTunes gift card if they buy an iPhone or an iPad, Stabley Times noted. It's been done before, and is not typically available on brand-new devices. The website predicts that will pave the way for an announcement about a new iPhone – maybe two, if the much-discussed, but unconfirmed budget iPhone, sometimes referred to as the iPhone 6, comes to fruition – on Sept. 10. That might give the Silicon Valley giant time to roll it out before Sept. 22, when summer officially draws to a close.
Need more? Walmart just reduced its prices on the iPhone 5 ($129) and iPhone 4S ($39) in anticipation of a release-date announcement, a move likely approved by Apple since it keeps a tight grip on how resellers price its devices. The plan is to clear out stock and make room for the new smartphone.
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