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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. ares07's Avatar
      ares07 -
      no

      Quote Originally Posted by josh900 View Post
      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.
      no
    1. davshirley's Avatar
      davshirley -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      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 use vlingo from the app store. It seems to work just fine.
    1. brahby's Avatar
      brahby -
      It would be nice if one of the 100 features is a way to completely stop SMS pop-ups and just put the icon the status bar. I realize there are apps that allow you to this on a jailbroken phone, but I mean for the general public it would have been a good idea.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by josh900 View Post
      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.
      Are you retarded?
    1. zoolander369's Avatar
      zoolander369 -
      No thanks.

      It's still the same crappy, cheap-looking design as before.

      If they ever decide to make significant improvements, I'll be on board.
    1. brett k's Avatar
      brett k -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Are you retarded?

    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Lmao
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      REGARDING VOICE COMMANDS AND THE 3G:

      If you've used the google app or vlingo, you'll know the 3G can be used for voice commands. However, there is a very, VERY BIG difference between those apps and the 3GS. With those apps, your command is sent to google/vlingo/whatever and processed there. The iPhone itself isn't doing the recognition. With the increased power, the 3GS does it's voice recognition in the phone itself, allowing for a lot more options (as they were shown).

      Now the question is, can the 3G do the same with the hardware it has? Maybe. If it can, it will probably be slower and will have some lag which is probably why the opted not to have the 3G do it in the first place.

      Kinda the same thing with video. Sure, the 3G's camera can do video (as cycorder can show), but it's like 15FPS and hardly "good" quality.
    1. flaviocontreras's Avatar
      flaviocontreras -
      Ok guys i read enough complains i did also complain on some early posts. So i when to the apple website and when to purchase and iphone 3gs and i click on current 3g customer and i put my information and it came up that i was not elgible for the discount price till 8/27/2009 and i got my 3g iphone last year around the end of July thats when i upgraded from my 2g. What i am getting too that i agree to a two year contract and has not been a year already and i am elgible for and upgrade at the end of August so you guys should do the same and check. If that is the case i would just wait to August to get the discount price so do the same maybe their just making us wait so new costumers could get them first.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Good points HNB - I hadn't really thought about the processing power needed for voice control.
    1. Jayman11's Avatar
      Jayman11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NiteStar View Post
      @Jayman11
      Would it save you money to get 'unlimited family texting" for $30 on all 3 or 4 phones?
      not really, 1 phone is for business and the other 2 are my wifes and mine and under one of those family plans. we don't go over 200 txt messages and if i remember when i looked earlier that would still make it $10 more on iphone plan a month and then another $20 a month for unlimited text. Guess no matter what I would be ending up paying more per month.
    1. dirtbmxer's Avatar
      dirtbmxer -
      Sorry ahead of time if this has been stated already. I called AT&T today to find out if my contract was up. I explained the situation of wanting the new 3GS after getting the 3G last year. They said it doesnt matter alls you will be doing is making a new 2 year contract extension and will get the 3GS at the same 199$ 299$ price. People jump to conclusions way to fast and dont actually get the real information.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      ^ You do have a good point though.... $500.00 yeah but not $700.00 way to much! And really I thought I would have to pay $400.00 to upgrade.....
      Cancel your contracts and sign a new one. If you hvae had your other contract for 12 months you will end up paying 300 for the phones (assuming 32gb) and 100 to cancel. It REALLY isn't difficult.

      PS this wasn't directed directly at you toothfairy, just a response to your comment <3
    1. rufio's Avatar
      rufio -
      what a waste. that's the best they could do after all that hype, all of our suggestions and improvements we've listed and wanted to see put into the "new" phone?

      months of testing and developing new apps and software for what? a compass, voice rec software, and video editing which is completely ridiculous on a 3.5" phone screen?

      soooo bummed apple. so bummed.

      maybe they were calling back all those end of life iphones to recycle and replace the internals with 3GS stuff since the phone is in no way different other than the camera and processors.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by brahby View Post

      BTW I just upgraded my phone through ATT to the 16gb May 10 so I am still within the 30 days to send it back. Should I send it back and just do an equipment upgrade when the 32 gig comes out. I would basically come out of pocket 150 IF I am offered new customer pricing.
      That is all relative to wether the new phone is worth it to you. Would I do it? Yes, if just for the added speed and storage space. Depends on if you would use the new features. Would you take video, higher quality pics, use voice command, gps? If so the 3GS is a better way to go. If not, well, might as well save your money right?
    1. brahby's Avatar
      brahby -
      Quote Originally Posted by dirtbmxer View Post
      Sorry ahead of time if this has been stated already. I called AT&T today to find out if my contract was up. I explained the situation of wanting the new 3GS after getting the 3G last year. They said it doesnt matter alls you will be doing is making a new 2 year contract extension and will get the 3GS at the same 199$ 299$ price. People jump to conclusions way to fast and dont actually get the real information.

      I called TWICE and neither rep told me that. No one jumped to conclusions, this is the info that was given to us by AT&T, the only conclusion I jumped to was that these reps knew more about the pricing than me.

      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      That is all relative to wether the new phone is worth it to you. Would I do it? Yes, if just for the added speed and storage space. Depends on if you would use the new features. Would you take video, higher quality pics, use voice command, gps? If so the 3GS is a better way to go. If not, well, might as well save your money right?
      LOL I found out yesterday my upgrade was on 5/3/09 not 5/10, so I cant return it and I cant get any type of discount.
    1. IXinchnail's Avatar
      IXinchnail -
      I still have my never was under contract 2G. When the 3G came out I decided to wait a year for the new one because GPS wasn't worth it to me and WiFi is everywhere in Austin. I didn't want to be under contract when this years model came out. Now that it's almost here, I wish I had just bought the 3G. The 3GSame is not worth being under contract next year when hopefully something that's actually exciting comes out.
    1. spongebobiwan's Avatar
      spongebobiwan -
      Since I was pretty much thoroughly confused by almost 20 pages of comments and the contradictory claims contained therein, I decided to find out for myself.

      My scenario:

      I bought my first iPhone (1st Gen iPhone, obviously) on iDay, June 29th, 2007 at my local AT&T Wireless store with the customary 2-year contract.

      I then bought my second iPhone (iPhone 3G) for my fiancee on January 7th, 2009, also at the same AT&T Wireless store, changing my plan to a Family plan with 2 lines now, and thus requiring a new 2-year contract.

      With that in mind, I first went to the AT&T Wireless website, and was not able to even locate the new 3Gs iPhone as being available yet, when I attempted to do an "equipment upgrade" on my original iPhone. I then went to the Apple website, where I supplied the requested information. After waiting for approximately 10 to 15 seconds while it processed my info, much to my surprise and delight, I was informed that I could purchase the 16GB 3Gs for $199 and the 32GB 3Gs for $299. I was surely thinking that I was going to be "punished" for having re-contracted a new 2-year contract with AT&T on Jan 7th of this year.

      Needless to say, I ordered immediately.
    1. saifeeab's Avatar
      saifeeab -
      this is actually quite lame. they have given a few upgrades to the iphone and it made it a little more "functional" than its predecessors...but thats it!!! A few strings here and there and they have not changed the design one bit. All those rumours and expectations amounted to nothing. I just guess Apple is trying to dupe as many people as they can trying to sell the same hardware to the people with their so-called "upgrades". Its the same crappy phone (frustration speaking!!!). Apple really needs to change its outcome otherwise I am looking for other alternaatives.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by saifeeab View Post
      otherwise I am looking for other alternaatives.
      You mean you don't anyway?

      I came to the 3G because it was the best phone for my needs bar none. It may have some faults (most addressed in FW3.0) but it is still by far the best phone for me personally.

      If I find something better my iPhone will be back on eBay and I will swap in a flash - but I have seen nothing that comes close and don't see anything coming in the near future that's better than the 3G - apart from the 3Gs but that's not better enough for me to swap.