Yes, iPhone 5 release date at hand (or has hell frozen over?)

Here's confirmation that the new iPhone 5 release date is almost here (as if more were needed). Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is doing the unthinkable, and discounting its older models. It's a 'secret' price-matching policy at stores, but I'm sure Apple doesn't mind you knowing about it.

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Leah Yamshon has also been watching the blogs:

Apple retail stores will match...prices offered by major carriers...Target, Radio Shack, and Best Buy. [I] confirmed with an Apple store representative...you can scoop up a 16GB...iPhone 4S for $150...or an iPhone 4 for only $50.

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[You] must mention this price match to an associate at an Apple retail store to benefit.      
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Let's go to the source of this fascinating fact, Eric Slivka:

...a source has now revealed...authorization to match...discounted prices from approved major retailers and carriers...by $49.01 upon request. ...consumers will likely need to cite the source...in order for Apple to honor the price match.      

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Jacqui Cheng did the professional journalistic thing:

The move may be an effort to breathe a little extra life into the [business] as customers begin to hold off...in anticipation of a new device. ... Apple CEO Tim Cook [has] acknowledged...slowed growth due to customers reading [iPhone 5 rumors].

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Apple did not respond to our request for comment on the validity of the report.      
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But Mark Hearn spots an oint in the flyment:

...we decided to put [it] to the test. ... Is Apple really willing to match those prices?

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[Yes] the Broadway Apple Store...said. Another store, in SoHo, said [no]. A third store, located on 14th Street, said [yes] and even said that AT&T customers could take advantage.

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[A] store in Pasadena, California [said] “We aren’t currently price matching. ... So maybe it depends on the region.” ...two other Los Angeles area stores also confirmed they had not heard of the deal.      
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Jonny Evans rockets in with more rumors and claims total fanboi victory (or something): [You're fired -Ed.]

      

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