The new iPhone, which is expected to be announced at Apple's September 12 event next week, will reportedly keep the same price points and storage capacities as last year's iPhone 4S -- namely, $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. This according to 9to5Mac's, Mark Gurman:
Here is the part codes matrix for the new iPhone launch from a source at a well-known U.S. retail chain: N42A-USA -$199, N42B-USA-$199, N42A-USA-$299, N42B-USA-$299, N42A-USA-$399, N42B-USA-$399. A + B signify black and white.
We also understand that this new iPhone N42 will come in the same prices as the iPhone 4S. With this, we speculate that the configurations will remain at the iPhone 4S’s 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.
Gurman has excellent sources and this also makes a lot of sense. Like I mentioned earlier this week, since Apple introduced the iPhone 3G in 2008, they've set the base model price point at $199, and the color options as black and white. They've also kept the same storage capacities for two generations each time. iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 went to 32GB. iPhone 4S went to 64GB, so we're probably due for another 32GB model before high density NAND flash prices fall enough to cram 128GB into an iPhone -- or Apple decides online storage via iCloud is a better, brighter future.
Likewise, while Apple has been happy to let their lower-end iPod shuffle and iPod nano lines go multi-chromatic, the iPhone hasn't varied in color from black and white since 2008. And Apple seems content to let case, sticker, and other 3rd party solutions handle anything else.
Anyone sad they're not getting a 128GB iPhone 5 in red next week?