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  • NEW: iPhone 3GS - The S is for Speed


    WWDC is fun, huh? Today saw the official announcement of the iPhone 3GS.

    Available June 19th, the iPhone 3GS is billed as "the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet."



    Here's the key points:
    • 2 sizes. 16GB in black or white, $199 | 32GB in black or white for $299.
    • REQUIRES a new 2 year agreement for those prices. Upgrading AT&T users will pay $599 for the 16GB or $699 for the 32GB, even if you're replacing an iPhone 3G. (pf edit: check note below re:this price)
    • Video Recording in VGA up to 30fps, with built in editing features.
    • 3MP camera with auto-focus.
    • Compass.
    • Landscape Keyboard.
    • Battery life on 2G and WiFi increased. 3G battery life remains the same as on the iPhone 3G.
    • Audio playback increased from 24 hours per charge to 30. Video increased from 7 to 10.


    photo credit to Gizmodo

    EDIT: There's some chatter in the thread about AT&T actually offering iPhone upgrades at a lower price than quoted in this article. Upon checking out the AT&T website, it looks like the $349 and $299 upgrade prices are for the CURRENT iPhone 3G, NOT the 3GS - AT&T does NOT have the iPhone 3GS listed on their site yet (June 8, 11:45PM EST). HOWEVER, if you log in through Apple's website, they ARE offering existing users a lower price (see below graphic) of $399.00 for the 16GB iPhone 3G S (black or white) and $499.00 for the 32GB iPhone 3G S (black or white) on renewals (plus an $18 upgrade price).

    This article was originally published in forum thread: NEW: iPhone 3GS - The S is for Speed started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 431 Comments
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I've had a front facing camera on most of my phones for the past 6 years. I think I used it twice just to try it. Not worth having IMHO.

      Like I said, if you have a 2G it's worth upgrading to the 3Gs, if you have a 3G then probably not.
      Totally agree about the front facing camera. Way overrated!!

      Just ordered 2 - 32GBs in black! $1000 later but well worth it to me and my wife who so love the iPhone!
    1. LEGAL's Avatar
      LEGAL -
      Suprised you guys are not talking about the accesories that will be compatible/available with the new 3gs. It looks like we will get some new hardware as a result.

      My prediction is that we will see a flood of cool bluetooth devices. Wireless printing, keyboards, speakers etc.
    1. JAG2621's Avatar
      JAG2621 -
      Hardware specs? Anyone know what they are? Ram and proc.
    1. Chubbawokee's Avatar
      Chubbawokee -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bleeditout2130 View Post
      I watched the Guided Tour and I'm psyched. The 19th can't come soon enough!
      X2
    1. carlitos287's Avatar
      carlitos287 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brahby View Post
      It's yours once it passes 30 days....anything under 30 days you have to give it back, anything over 30 days you keep. hope this helps
      Thanks man...

      I can't wait to be in the line...

      and, how many are per-customers????

      and i wonder how much they will sell on ebay for???
    1. Hokman's Avatar
      Hokman -
      goodbye stock price, hello palm pre.... just kidding.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ lol
    1. carlitos287's Avatar
      carlitos287 -
      So, you don't want to get in line, but want an "iPhone 3G S"

      OK, HERE IS YOUR SOLUTION, i am eligible to get up to 5 iphones 3g s with family plan on-store....i already made arrangements to get them....

      who wants one????

      16 gb 3gs (white/black) is 800
      32 gb 3gs (white/black) is 1000

      anyone???

      i can only sell up to 4, one i keep.....
    1. zurie's Avatar
      zurie -
      Ok, I tried to find the RAM, PROC specs but I was unable to, so if they are available I'd like to know.

      The problem with the 3G vs 3GS and existing users upgrading is bigger than just, we should or shouldn't get a price break.

      we SHOULD get a break, not because we are loyal customers, or because we have owned iphones forever, etc..

      its to keep the line consistent. Ok. Say you are EA sports, your making a new madden game. 1 iphone has 256 megs of ram and a processor thats 25% faster. and one iphone is old news.

      which phone do you develop for? the slow one. obviously. So the faster speed is now null and void because noone can actually play a game that utilizes it without killing your marketshare.

      This is where apple dropped the ball. you would assume they would take ALL 3G phones back. trade you a 3GS. then Apple would just gut the 3G, pull all the screens, chips, etc, and save some money since most of the parts internally are probably the same.

      If EVERYONE was on a 3GS then developers would feel more comfortable producing higher quality titles that use double the ram and double the proc speed.

      imagine owning a XBOX360 and they come out with a XBOX360S and its identical in all requierments but it has 4 times the ram and a faster GPU. Then they make games for the XBOX 360 but if you play them on the 360S they are smooth, but on the 360 they are 15 fps and choppy. How is that a smart winning move? its not.

      Apple makes the money from the store, selling millions of apps and taking pure profits from it. I highly doubt they make much from the phone...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      PAYG prices in the UK
      * iPhone 3G 8GB - 342.50
      * iPhone 3G S 16GB - 440.40
      * iPhone 3G S 32GB - 538.30
    1. Jayman11's Avatar
      Jayman11 -
      Just got off the phone with ATT. If you have a 2G phone then you are most likely out of contract now so they will charge you the $199 for the 16GB + $18 for the upgrade fee. Not bad, HOWEVER, the monthly service is $15 more per month. I am currently paying $20/mo on my 2G for unlimited data and 200txt. If I switch to the new 3GS it goes to $30 for the iPhone data plan and another $5 for 200txt. Kinda sucks...I know it's only $15/mo but I don't feel like shelling out any more money to them since I have 3 cells on ATT already and it's at like $140/mo for them all. Plus i tether my phone to my netbook and the speed is actually excellent so hate to lose that on the new one if they killed the tethering somehow.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ If you have a 2G then you should be good to go
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      I can't believe more of you aren't upset over the voice command thing. Is there any possible reason why my 6 month old iphone 3G won't be able to do voice command even with 3.0 software?

      I agree with the person above that said apple is undercutting its' developers with this phone.

      It's not advanced enough to garnish frenzy like the original and 3G had, but it's just advanced enough to make non-eligible, existing customers envious.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ Dont worry voice control will work on the 3G too
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlitos287 View Post
      So, you don't want to get in line, but want an "iPhone 3G S"

      OK, HERE IS YOUR SOLUTION, i am eligible to get up to 5 iphones 3g s with family plan on-store....i already made arrangements to get them....

      who wants one????

      16 gb 3gs (white/black) is 800
      32 gb 3gs (white/black) is 1000

      anyone???

      i can only sell up to 4, one i keep.....
      Okay, I'm not that good at math, but why would we pay $1000 for 1 32GB from you when I JUST bought 2 of them for $1000 from AT&T? Just wondering.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Did you have to sign a new 2 year contract?
      Still seems a tad on the high side but someone might just want the phone and be willing to pay.
    1. NiteStar's Avatar
      NiteStar -
      @Jayman11
      Would it save you money to get 'unlimited family texting" for $30 on all 3 or 4 phones?
    1. Mbeck0265's Avatar
      Mbeck0265 -
      dont forget about the 99$ 8 gig
    1. josh900's Avatar
      josh900 -
      Do You think that apple is going to come out with the real new iphone in july like the rummers said because it seems like there was so much proof for most of the rummers that did not come true. Also in there were those rummers that said that apple was going to come out with a cheaper iphone at the WWDC that But it isn't the new one.
    1. Alba-ny's Avatar
      Alba-ny -
      Chiming in to say that when I was at the apple store yesterday, and...
      I had my 2g, and they told me I would pay 199 and 299 for the 3gs with att. Of course, they didn't know that I am on tmobile.