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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. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      So the 'S' stands for 'Same'?
      Lol another good one.
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      To those who are calling us current 3G owners whiners about the upgrade pricing...

      You may have forgotten that some of us "early adopters" paid around $600+tax for the original 8GB iPhone just weeks before the price was dropped dramatically...with Apple sticking the middle finger in our face with a $100 "apple store gift card" which we could use to buy DECENT headphones that fit into a recessed headphone jack (thanks, yah jerks). Sure, they didn't have to give us the $100 gift card (which would have been nice if it worked on iTunes) but it was still a f-you move dropping the price so much, so quickly.

      I upgraded to a 3G almost a year later for $299 for the 16GB model, again, this was a modest upgrade with just a faster wireless chip (no enhanced camera, a new case that was prone to more problems ie, cracking, smudging, MELTING, etc.).

      So now I've paid close to $1,000 now and would happily drop another $300 on a 3GS...especially considering the upgrades to this device are similar to the upgrade from 8GB (1st gen) to 16GB (2nd Gen, 3G)....faster 3G chip (which AT&T won't even SUPPORT YET!!! if you read the fine print it says 'later this year in certain areas"), enhanced camera, same **** design, oh, and a compass. as for video, I've got Cycorder thank you very much.

      And no, I won't be paying the upgrade price. It's not insulting, but I'd be a total wanker to drop that kind of cash for another modest upgrade.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      haha 3GSame. That's great.
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamesgunaca View Post
      To those who are calling us current 3G owners whiners about the upgrade pricing...

      You may have forgotten that some of us "early adopters" paid around $600+tax for the original 8GB iPhone just weeks before the price was dropped dramatically...with Apple sticking the middle finger in our face with a $100 "apple store gift card" which we could use to buy DECENT headphones that fit into a recessed headphone jack (thanks, yah jerks). Sure, they didn't have to give us the $100 gift card (which would have been nice if it worked on iTunes) but it was still a f-you move dropping the price so much, so quickly.

      I upgraded to a 3G almost a year later for $299 for the 16GB model, again, this was a modest upgrade with just a faster wireless chip (no enhanced camera, a new case that was prone to more problems ie, cracking, smudging, MELTING, etc.).

      So now I've paid close to $1,000 now and would happily drop another $300 on a 3GS...especially considering the upgrades to this device are similar to the upgrade from 8GB (1st gen) to 16GB (2nd Gen, 3G)....faster 3G chip (which AT&T won't even SUPPORT YET!!! if you read the fine print it says 'later this year in certain areas"), enhanced camera, same **** design, oh, and a compass. as for video, I've got Cycorder thank you very much.

      And no, I won't be paying the upgrade price. It's not insulting, but I'd be a total wanker to drop that kind of cash for another modest upgrade.
      I hate complainers like you. NOBODY said you have to buy this new phone, NOBODY! You are the one who bought the 3G, if you did not buy it in the first place, you wouldn't of spent more money. Instead, you would of just paid the price for the original iPhone. This is a very good upgrade in my opinion and might not live up to your expectations, so if doesn`t DON`T BUY IT.
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronfin44 View Post
      haha 3GSame. That's great.
      What were you expecting? Holographic games? It would do your dishes for you? Sprout wings and fly? It is and always will be a touchscreen phone with a camera.

      Once people get a better idea of whats really going on under the hood, no doubt stupid **** like this will disappear. Currently crossing my fingers for double CPU speed/RAM size/RAM speed etc!
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
      I hate complainers like you. NOBODY said you have to buy this new phone, NOBODY! You are the one who bought the 3G, if you did not buy it in the first place, you wouldn't of spent more money. Instead, you would of just paid the price for the original iPhone. This is a very good upgrade in my opinion and might not live up to your expectations, so if doesn`t DON`T BUY IT.
      Irony and hypocrisy go hand-in-hand. You're complaining about his opinion because it differs from your own. Clown. His opinion that the upgrade doesn't justify the cost is sound, as is your opinion that it's worth it, because it all boils down to personal choice and what matters more to each individual.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      well, I think everyone has a rite to complain as this is a bogus upgrade. All hype. I'm glad tho as I didn't wanna upgrade to another 18months. Oh yes I can afford, but it really not worth it. 3GS-ucka
    1. Buckmaster's Avatar
      Buckmaster -
      3G + 3.0 + JAILBREAK = Apple Just Saved me from spending my money.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Edit to be nice....


      I paid the same amount you did, well including $213.00 more because I was a nimrod and dropped my 3g in the toilette....

      Yes it sucks, yes I wish those that did plunk down their hard earned $ could get a better price, how about a loyalty price? I just called up ATT and asked why they won't support a service that every other smart phone has that Apple finally decided to put on their phone on June 17th when I can actually use it (mms) and they said they need time to make sure it works properly...... Well Ill have to decide on July 17th if it's worth staying with you as my mobile provider.... The new phone is a huge let down, ATT service is a huge let down, but it't the let down of my choosing.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      On apple's website i'm getting 2 different sets of prices. For my 3G which I upgraded last year from a 2G, 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 03/12/2010.
      $299.00* — 8GB iPhone 3G (black)
      $399.00* — 16GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)
      $499.00* — 32GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)

      and for my wife's 3G which I paid full price for at launch it says

      We can offer you an iPhone at the full retail price. On 07/12/2009, you may qualify for a standard iPhone upgrade.
      $499.00* — 8GB iPhone 3G (black)
      $599.00* — 16GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)
      $699.00* — 32GB iPhone 3G S (black or white)

      This is rediculous! We have loyalty towards their product & services but they can't show it in return? They have us by the balls because they know most of us won't leave At&T or the iphone!
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
      I hate complainers like you. NOBODY said you have to buy this new phone, NOBODY! You are the one who bought the 3G, if you did not buy it in the first place, you wouldn't of spent more money. Instead, you would of just paid the price for the original iPhone. This is a very good upgrade in my opinion and might not live up to your expectations, so if doesn`t DON`T BUY IT.
      relax man, no need to hate me! Just simply pointing out that some of us have put down a lot of cash on the iPhone (not to mention apps, etc. that are all more revenue for Apple).

      I think I could have been quite a bit more whiney and used a crap load more !!!!poitns that would have warranted your hatred.

      we're just talking about cell phones here so please relax.

      when I can get a 3GS 32GB for $299 you bet I'm going to drop that cash. and will happily do so. I just wish things were more clear. An explanation for why I could buy a 3G 16GB for $299 after 12 months on a two-year contract, but not a 3GS 32GB for $299 after 12 months on a two-year contract would be welcomed.
    1. corradoking's Avatar
      corradoking -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrabYourWeapons View Post
      [*]REQUIRES a new 2 year agreement for those prices. Upgrading AT&T users will pay $599 for the 16GBor $699 for the 32GB, even if you're replacing an iPhone 3G.

      LAME!! :-( Guess I won't be getting one. That's too expensive!
      Im with this guy! This sucks...
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronfin44 View Post
      Irony and hypocrisy go hand-in-hand. You're complaining about his opinion because it differs from your own. Clown. His opinion that the upgrade doesn't justify the cost is sound, as is your opinion that it's worth it, because it all boils down to personal choice and what matters more to each individual.
      What do you expect Apple to do? Release a new phone that is cheaper then the existing phone? First off all, with new features, comes cost. Second of all, APPLE IS A COMPANY, it needs to make profit. They don't care whether or not people who have older versions of their phones... IT DOESN'T MATTER! What do you expect them to do, say "Existing customers, we will offer this iPhone for $100, we will also loose profit off of you!". Even if they said that, customers who don't have an existing phone will say, "HEY! Why do they get that price for it!". Use your brain, Apple won't lower costs because people like you always want a new phone. It's economically impossible, of course you don't know that though..

      I am not fighting, just stating my point. No offense to people who I replied to in conversations.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      NessLookalike
      U r a bit dumb me thinks. Don't b sarcastic. For what I use iPhone for I dnt need more power, not everyone does. I just wanted to feel I had something fresh
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I agree with those saying that this was a bit of a let down but really the difference between the original iphone and the iphone 3G was about the same if not less. For many people the 3G speeds don;t even apply as they don't live in a 3G area, so the only real difference was the shell and the GPS (which without a turn by turn out at the time was kinda crappy)
    1. simpl3lang's Avatar
      simpl3lang -
      apple dissapoints! the iphone HAD a good run. was the first of its kind. apple dont know how to listen to its consumers. hence a downfall waiting to happen. apple you should had listen. now there are other mobile companies integrating touchscreen technology on there cellphone AND ARE LISTENING TO THEIR CONSUMERS..... its time to go back to nokia. the n97 does look nice hehe. or maybe the pre(does it operate with a sim? i wonder)
    1. treble26's Avatar
      treble26 -
      i hate stupid apple. this is just like them, they release the exact same product except they make it shiny and give it a new look. but in this case they didnt. they just simply made it run faster and gave it an S after the 3G. very disappointing. this is the same product i have. i guess i wont upgrade my current iphone 3G. ill just wait another year.
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      NessLookalike
      U r a bit dumb me thinks. Don't b sarcastic. For what I use iPhone for I dnt need more power, not everyone does. I just wanted to feel I had something fresh
      I don't need criticism from a guy that can't spell or understand what better hardware specs mean for app-intensive device.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Damn there are some stupid people here. It says the pricing clearly and has been repeated many times. Anyone here who thinks they have to pay $599 for an iphone SHOULD pay $599 for an iPhone. It outta be a law.
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NessLookAlike View Post
      What were you expecting? Holographic games? It would do your dishes for you? Sprout wings and fly? It is and always will be a touchscreen phone with a camera.

      Once people get a better idea of whats really going on under the hood, no doubt stupid **** like this will disappear. Currently crossing my fingers for double CPU speed/RAM size/RAM speed etc!
      First of all, I was laughing at the comment about the "S" standing for SAME. Excuse me for finding something funny. Idiot.

      Instead of crossing your fingers just do some reading. This upgrade is a huge let-down if you're currently a 3G owner. The ends don't justify the means. $700 beans for a compass? Wooo? Faster speed that's not currently available? Oh boy, sign me back up. Atleast now you can use the compass to point to the nearest at&t store that jacked your money.