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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. tom3k's Avatar
      tom3k -
      so whats the pricing again? :P
      facetiousness fo that azz
    1. s1ck's Avatar
      s1ck -
      You got the prices wrong though...
      I just went on the apple website to order the new iphone and this is what I got:

      $299.00* 8GB iPhone 3G (black)
      $399.00* 16GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)
      $499.00* 32GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)

      I used the option to replace my current phone with the new iphone and I have a 8gb 3g and my contract doesn't expire until next year.
    1. RC_OZ's Avatar
      RC_OZ -
      same for me, it says...

      As a valued AT&T customer, AT&T can offer you an early iPhone upgrade with a new 2-yr commitment and an $18 upgrade fee. You may qualify for a standard iPhone upgrade on 01/23/2010.

      * $399.00* 16GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)
      * $499.00* 32GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)
    1. Bleeditout2130's Avatar
      Bleeditout2130 -
      So I just got off the phone with a rep. Cancellation for me is $125. Reactivation is $36.

      $125 + $36 + $299 (32GB) = $460....

      Suck it Apple/Cingular.
    1. GrabYourWeapons's Avatar
      GrabYourWeapons -
      I wonder how cheap the refurbs are going to be because of the new iPhone coming out.
    1. EmoMicah's Avatar
      EmoMicah -
      I still have a first Gen iPhone because we do not have 3G where I live.
      Why wouldn't someone go to Apple.com, or an apple store, buy a 3GS, and drop their sims card in it?
      You can buy someone an iPhone as a gift on apple.com.
      You have to go around AT&T to get the good price.
      I MUST upgrade because my battery is dying in my old iphone.
      Oh, and this is my 9th iPhone in my hand! I have paid for my original iPhone, and $150 to replace one I dropped in my drink.
    1. JayWheelz's Avatar
      JayWheelz -
      This is very disappointing. I was looking forward to a better looking version of this phone. Apple is really showing some greed and stupidity with this phone. I have the 8gb model and I wanted to upgrade to the 32gb model. This definitely make me reconsider doing so. Damn you Apple.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      read 3 posts up newb. if you're going to be here new and complaining at least read the thread, eh? If you won't pay over $300 for a 32gb iphone you are exactly the person apple was trying to keep away from the iphone when the first gen came out @ $500 premiums... sometimes I wish they still were.
    1. Du Blex's Avatar
      Du Blex -
      The S is for S***!
      Seriously... Apple needs to follow up on these rumors *cough* front camera & iChat capabilities *cough* cause really, I don't see this as being worth the money. I'm sure they could have released all these features in a simple update like they were going to do with the video feature. Im ashamed... all the rumors are fake... im going to go to bed now. (4:57)
    1. coachballfirm's Avatar
      coachballfirm -
      Ill Wait my iphone is wayyyyy better right now. no flash..etc..= not worth it right now.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      The best value of this whole experience will be the current 3G models for $99 . THAT is a heck of a deal on a new phone.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      I guess Im the only one that feels this way but why should you get a price break on the new phone if your contract isn't up? Just because we own iPhones we should get special treatment? Sorry, that's life stop whining about it and pay the extra $$ if you want the "new" iPhone.

      If you bought the first iPhone when it came out you should be due for an upgrade anyway.... I am on July 17th.
    1. km54291's Avatar
      km54291 -
      It does look like there might be some better discounts/early upgrades depending how far along you are. I have had my iPhone 3G for 11 months and when I attempted to place an order for the iPhone 3G(S) today, it said I was eligible for an "early upgrade".

      The pricing I was given online was:

      $399 for the 16GB + $18 Upgrade Fee
      $499 for the 32GB + $18 Upgrade Fee

      It said I was eligible for the "Standard iPhone Upgrade" which I assume will be the full discount, in January of 2010, which will be 18 months of service for me.

      At least it wont be a full two years!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Let me start by saying HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! I told you all didn't I? The new iPhone is exactly what I said a new iPhone would be: minimal upgrades here and there for an all around better experience. But noooo, like every year you all bought every retarded rumor the Internet spewed at you and raised your expectations to impossibly high levels. The backlash to this new iPhone is some if the most hilarious reading this year.

      PS: reason 3G owners get to pay full price is because you go the 3G at a subsidized cost with a 2yr contract. When you bought the original, it wasn't subsidized so they were ok with it. However, you can't expect to get a 2ns subsidized phone less than a year after getting one NOONE anywhere allows that.

      With that said: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
      Oh stop your laughing! LOL
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by XChrisX View Post
      Sometimes the comments here are quite hilarious. What other phone maker out there is going to drastically make cosmetic changes to their flagship device every single year? Also to those complaining about the no price break for existing 3g owners, why should their be one? What good is a 2 year contract if everyone is allowed to break it every year? What other phone service provider allows this? Regardless the 3GS is hardly an upgrade for us 3g users anyways. /rant.

      They're called HTC.

      Anyway, I'm sticking with my 3G. It's not worth $700 bills to add a efing "S" and a compass, especially when I know where I'm at all the time, have a Lensatic at the ready if "need" be, and I'm not a Buffalo hunter, so wandering around the woods isn't something I'm concerned about(PS: You have a 3G, so take a few steps and let the GPS tell you your cardinal direction. duh)

      Just another year of Apple disappointments. I'm seeing a trend here. I can't wait til next June to anticipate another let-down. yay! :/
    1. leram84's Avatar
      leram84 -
      any word on accessories and hardware size? basically im wondering will the 3gs fit in the 3g dock and will it charge?
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      **EDIT CPJR - Fail.**
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      So the 'S' stands for 'Same'?
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by leram84 View Post
      any word on accessories and hardware size? basically im wondering will the 3gs fit in the 3g dock and will it charge?
      seeing how it's the same phone....
    1. Du Blex's Avatar
      Du Blex -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      So the 'S' stands for 'Same'?
      It could also stand for Sike! (psych!), So What We're Lazy or S***
      Dude, if you look at the trailer over at engadget for the new device, you can hear the secret agent saying "wha? its the same?". Apple is definitely mocking us... hahaaha