Apple’s iPhone 5 to come in two flavours: Standard and Pro

News Richard Goodwin 16:07, 4 May 2011

Apple’s iPhone 5, release date pending, is reported to be coming in two distinct models: Standard and Pro

Apple’s iPhone 5 is probably the most eagerly awaited release since, well, the iPad 2 and with WWDC 2011 just over a month away the rumour mill, as you’d expect, is in full swing.

This time round, reports that the iPhone 5 will come in two distinct models are the latest claims to hit the web.

Here’s what iPhoneDownloadBlog has to say on the matter:

‘Due to the extensive amount of NDAs our source had to sign to work with Apple, he could not give us very many details. He does believe that Apple is going to build two iPhone models, which he referred to as a ‘normal’ and a ‘pro’ version.’

Sounds pretty dubious to us. No name, no evidence, no nothing. But this is usually the case with Apple rumours – no one knows what’s truly going on inside Apple HQ.

That said, a move like this does make sense. If Apple releases two models – one premium, the other cheaper – it will, no doubt, increase Apple’s gross sales. It’d also give the competition, namely Android, something to think about.

Up until now, Apple has only ever made a single, premium-grade, device. So the addition of a cheaper, more affordable, option would certainly be a distinct change of approach for the company.

iDB’s source also went onto claim that the iPhone 5 will be announced ‘in the fall after the “Back to School” season,’ which is apparently quite soon.

All in all, we’re not convinced. Anyone can say they’ve got a ‘source’ – it’s simple enough to do: “we’ve got a source…” – and because there's no real supporting evidence it’s difficult to take these claims seriously.

Having said that, you never know – this is Apple we're talking about here. And two iPhone 5 models would definitely mean more money.

 

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