Apple discontinues iPhone 5 following new iPhone announcement

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iPhone 5 blackApple’s iPhone 5 has gone the way of the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and other models. It has disappeared from the iPhone lineup, leaving its mark on the company’s latest and greatest device, the iPhone 5s. Apple introduced the iPhone 5 last year at a media event around the same time as this year.

The iPhone 5 was a big hit, bringing LTE, a 4-inch display, and a faster processor to the iPhone, but fast forward a year, and it is completely wiped from Apple’s website and iPhone line-up. Instead, the company has chosen to discontinue the iPhone 5 and replace it with a brand new iPhone, called the iPhone 5c. Though the iPhone 5c is made out of plastic, it still houses the same internals as the iPhone 5, including the same A6 processor, an 8MP camera, and the same 4-inch Retina Display.

Apple did this in order to appeal to the smartphone market in China, but could not do so with the iPhone 5 still available at a $99 price point. Strangely, Apple has kept around the iPhone 4S and is offering it for free with a two year contract with any of the four major carriers in the United States. The iPhone 4S now takes the place of the iPhone 4, removing that device along with the iPhone 5 from Apple’s lineup.

Apple’s iPhone 5s will be available in storage capacities of 16GB/32GB for $199/$299, respectively. It will be available for sale on September 20th.

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