With the unveiling of Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone less than a month away, sales of the company’s currently available iPhones are seemingly slowing more than expected. Last week, Sprint (S) slashed $50 off the price of each of Apple’s iPhone 4S models, and the carrier also announced it was waiving its $36 activation fee. Now, Target (TGT) and Best Buy (BBY) are both offering sales of their own on various versions of Apple’s iPhone, according to AllThingsD.
Target is offering 16GB AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) iPhone 4S models for $179.99, while the 8GB iPhone 4 can be had for just $49.99 at Best Buy. Discounts on Apple’s iPhone models are rare but not unheard of, however a wave of sales across this many retailers is hardly common, and Apple’s own willingness to match Sprint’s $50 discount on the iPhone is indeed a first.
Apple’s next-generation iPhone will be unveiled at a press conference on September 12th, and is expected to feature a larger 4-inch display, NFC, 4G LTE and a new thinner case when it launches on September 21st.