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iPhone 4S sticking around, will be free on contract

The iPhone 4S will remain in the iPhone lineup, despite the fact that the iPhone 5 is being discontinued. The 4S will be available as an 8GB model for free on contract.

An interesting move on Apple's part, as with the 4S they'll be keeping a device with the old 30-pin dock connector in the main iPhone lineup. What's your take on it?

Source: Engadget

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • 3.5 inches, the old connector... Is this what we call fragmentation? Anyway, 5 had to go owing to its poor LTE-band support. It is basically sold as a 3G phone in most places outside the US. And it is a pretty damn expensive 3G phone. So the operators likely told Apple they would stop selling it soon anyway.
  • I'd assume this is just to get rid of excess inventory and to convince people that could care less about what phone they have to get an Apple product.
  • Very surprised they kept the 4S around. I thought they'd only have phones on the newer 4" standard.
  • Very strange indeed.