Apple's halves iPhone 5C memory, slashes price in UK and Europe

A new Apple iPhone could be hitting shelves as early as… this morning? According to a document leaked by German mobile carrier O2, and posted on the Caschys Blog, Cupertino plans to release an 8GB version of the iPhone 5C model today.

The smaller-capacity iPhone 5C reportedly sports the same features as the iPhone 5C that launched in September, but will only be available in blue and white, and presumably it will have a lower price tag.

Multiple sources have told MacRumors that shipments of these models have arrived at carrier stores in the UK, too.

Engadget, meanwhile, published a reader photo of what appears to be the 8GB 5C's packaging.

Apple did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

There is no word on pricing yet, neither is it clear if this model will make it to the US.

This move could help Cupertino expand to other markets, where budget consumers may not demand the same large storage supplies. The 8GB iPhone 4S is currently the cheapest, smallest Apple option in most countries.

The tech giant unveiled its low-cost colourful iPhone 5C handset last autumn, alongside the more pricey 5S.