Apple's media invitation for a September 12 press conference that should reveal the iPhone 5. (Photo : Apple)
Sources at "a well-known U.S. retail chain" have tipped off 9to5mac to Apple's pricing strategy with the iPhone 5, revealing costs equal to that of the iPhone 4S's offerings.
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Below is the codes matrix for the iPhone 5:
N42A-USA -$199, N42B-USA-$199, N42A-USA-$299, N42B-USA-$299, N42A-USA-$399, N42B-USA-$399
The site clarifies that the A and B after N42 indicate the colors white and black. The N42 is supposedly the version of the Apple's device that will be available at retail. Another version of the phone, codenamed N41 was reported to have Near Field Communication, a feature which 9to5mac says will not ship in the N42. It's likely that the various inconsistencies between leaked images of the iPhone 5 were simply the result of different prototypes emerging on the internet.
Further reinforcing past reports, the costs provided by the codes matrix displays a mirror image of the iPhone 4S's price points for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions of the smartphone.
9to5mac's report also claims that a handful of new accessories will be ready to ship at the iPhone 5's launch.
The iPhone 5 will be revealed at Apple's September 12 press conference located in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California.
The iPhone 5 will run on iOS 6, which is expected to launch the day of the conference. iOS 6 will be supported by the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, the new iPad, and the fourth gen iPad touch, Its features include improved Facebook integration, a Passbook feature for digital transactions, a live 3D map system, an updated Siri, and upgraded instant share options for photos, maps, websites, and apps. The OS also includes a "Do Not Disturb" feature that puts a stop to notifications.