Apple is prepping an 8GB version of its plastic–framed iPhone 5C, it seems, in what some tech-watchers have interpreted as a tardy admission that the slow-selling standard edition was overpriced.
Newly leaked documents from O2 Germany, coupled with spy shots of the packaging, claim the device will be launched today, March 18th.
The phone is set to come in €60 less than the 16GB model. There’s no word on a UK or international release, but it's highly unlikely that Apple is readying this phone for launch in Germany only.
While official breakdowns of iPhone sales are never announced, analysts have claimed that the top–end iPhone 5S has outsold the iPhone 5C by a massive two to one. Word is that even the old school iPhone 4S is performing better in stores.
An 8GB model could help Apple tackle the budget end of the smartphone more aggressively, however. The iPhone 5C still has some excellent features, largely pulled over from 2012’s iPhone 5.
On top of this new iPhone SKU, Apple is also said to be plotting the return of the 4th generation iPad.
That device was discontinued last year, but is set to make a comeback in place of the iPad 2, Apple’s current, full–sized entry level tablet.
The move would allow Apple to end support for its old–school 30 pin connector and switch completely to the Lightning standard.