The other day we reported that Canadian carrier, Telus, was reportedly looking to discontinue the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 models, leaving only the 16GB iPhone 5 model to choose from. Now it looks like Vodafone Germany is said to be following suit and according to leaked screenshots of the carrier’s ERP system, it certainly looks like that will be the case. It is unclear as to why Vodafone Germany is looking to discontinue the 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 models, but it has been suggested in the past that the iPhone 5C is expected to replace older iPhone models as the entry-level device, meaning that the 16GB iPhone 5 model could be a happy middle between the low-cost iPhone 5C and the brand new iPhone 5S.
It had been speculated in the past that Apple could be looking to replace the entire iPhone 5 lineup with the iPhone 5C, but if that were the case, there would be no reason to keep the 16GB model around, which echoes our earlier logic which seems to be in line with Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, who believes the 16GB iPhone 5 could be an intermediate model. In any case we expect we will learn more about the fate of the iPhone 5 once the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are announced on the 10th of September, so check back with us then for the details!