Apple has officially launched an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c as well as bringing back the fourth generation iPad to the market.
Rumors only began to circulate yesterday that Apple was about to launch an 8GB iPhone 5c, and that is indeed the case. It has only shown up on Apple’s European online stores so far, but it is expected to launch in the U.S. later today. Currently it is selling for £429 unlocked, which is £40 cheaper than the 16 GB model. Conversion rates can be tricky, but our guess is you will see similar pricing in U.S. dollars.
Also a late breaking rumor yesterday was the return of the fourth generation iPad with Retina Display. The tablet has now shown up in all of the Apple stores and is selling for $399 in the U.S. The iPad 2, as some suspected would happen, has been removed from all of the online stores. When it was announced last year that the second generation iPad was sticking around, but the fourth generation was being discontinued, it was a bit of a puzzle for everyone. With the fourth generation iPad now back in circulation that means that all of Apple’s tablets use the Lightning connector, and the 30-pin connector is one step closer to being phased out. The fourth generation iPad is available now with 16GB of storage for $399.
It’s unclear why Apple chose today to switch up its products slightly, but that’s never a bad thing. We do, however, feel bad for anyone who picked up an iPad 2 recently for $399.
Update: Apple has confirmed to Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune that the 8GB iPhone 5C will only be available in Australia, China, France, Germany and the U.K.
Apple PR confirms: 8GB iPhone 5C available only in U.K., France, Germany, Australia and China…
— Philip Elmer-DeWitt (@philiped) March 18, 2014