Apple has now added the 8 GB 5c to its European online store customers. In the UK, the device is priced at £429 unlocked, a difference of £40 between it and the 16 GB model. It will likely appear on the U.S. site in the coming days or even hours. Earlier today we reported that Apple was planning to release an 8 GB version of the iPhone 5c to help support the phone’s lagging sales. Now that the U.K. phone carrier O2 has made that plan official by releasing the phone for sale on its website.
Aside from the storage capacity reduction, there aren’t any changes to the device. This new 8 GB model seems to be designed to help pick up a few more sales in the low-cost phone arena, where the 8 GB iPhone 4s may have seemed like a much less attractive device. The newer version includes Apple’s custom dual-core A6 processor, an 8 MP iSight camera, and FaceTime HD camera.
The U.K. Apple Store currently shows a third blank space on the iPhone 5c capacity selection page, indicating that a third version is coming soon. The U.S. store doesn’t show the third space yet, though the phone is expected to be available in the United States later today or early tomorrow.