Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone will launch exclusively on Sprint Stateside, Boy Genius Report has claimed citing ‘solid industry sources’.
News of developments comes as a recent Wall Street Journal report revealed that the third-largest carrier in the US has inked a landmark multi-billion dollar deal with Cupertino to buy at least 30.5 million iPhones.
The arrangement will see Sprint shift an estimated $20 billion (approx. £13 billion) of iPhones over the next four years. However, the Wall Street Journal says the network will not even break even until 2014 at least.
In return for the risk, Sprint will have exclusive rights to sell the iPhone 5, at least at first, according to BGR’s sources. This will be the iPhone 5 and not the iPhone 4S, which will reportedly go to AT&T and Verizon. The iPhone 5 will eventually become available on other carriers in the first quarter of next year, though as an LTE device rather than WiMax 4G, which is offered by Sprint.
Elsewhere in the world, the iPhone 5 is expected to be available as a HSPA+ compatible handset.
Features mooted on board the hotly awaited kit include a faster processor, a four-inch display, 32GB of storage an eight-megapixel camera and a so-called ‘Dedicated Assistant’ button which could be used to launch the advanced voice-guided personal assistant feature that’s expected to land with iOS 5.
The iPhone 4S, meanwhile, is likely to feature a low voltage A5 processor, upgraded front and rear cameras with FaceTime HD support at the front and an eight-megapixel number with 1080p HD video capture at back and Near Field Communication (NFC) support for making contactless payments for low-ticket items.
It’s unclear whether similar exclusive agreements have been made for networks across The Pond. Our best bet is that the iPhone 5/4S will be available on all the major operators in the UK and most of Europe.
Whatever the case, we’ll find out in a few hours when Apple takes the stage to ‘talk’ about its iPhone plans at its California campus. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @uSwitchTech for the latest updates.