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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. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Meh, nothing to special for me. I was looking for a few more details but whatever...
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      I wonder if we will be able to purchase the 3 megapixel camera after market and install into our 3g phones?? Just a cool thought. The camera for me would be the only reason for upgrading to the 3Gsh*t phone.
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      Quote Originally Posted by aekhamsouk View Post
      F-off!! apple! and att are a bunch of asshats!!

      the "new" iphone is crap!

      i'm up for a new two year, but don't think i will be upgrading regardless. good thing i picked up a 3g on refurb will they still had them!

      can somebody say jailbreak + tmobile?


      been jailbroke/unlocked with T-Mobile USA since day one baby!! swirly and cycorder owns any kind of 300 500 or 700 whatever the hell you guys finally agree the price is... upgrade If you live in the US i strongly suggest buying second hand and having the chinese kid down the block jailbreak/unlock it and slap any sim card in there except att...

      /rant
    1. WalkingBird's Avatar
      WalkingBird -
      This is what happens when Papa' Jobs is not around Cupertino apple starts turning the whole pie upside down...till they tos it to the garbage can. Just like back in the late 90's
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      lol @ all the people who were popping a woody and buying into all the rumors.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      From what I read the 3GS has a 835MHz processor up from the 3G's 620MHz. That's about a 25% increase for roughly the same price. That and we get a much nicer camera, video recording, voice dialing and music search, and a compass (which alone is stupid but seems pretty darn handy for the new gps apps coming out). Not to mention a top end 32GB unit. This to me is far more upgrades than the 3G had over the original, where the 3G offered the same memory, an added 3G antenna for faster network speeds, and assisted GPS. Really I don't see why so many people are so upset. The price stayed the same as what we paid last year.

      If it is the no upgrade price that has everyone hot and bothered, just get rid of your contract (pay the cancellation fee which should be less than $150 at this point), sell your old unit on eBay (I just got $930 for mine with a couple cases on eBay) and buy the new one. You probably stand to MAKE money on the deal if you just take an extra 30 min of your time to do things right. Really, no other company gives yearly discounts for buying new handsets just because a new and better one came out. Why should ATT? Don't get me wrong, I think ATT does plenty of things far less than perfectly but I don't really see this as one of them.

      Let us also consider that the 3G was given to you at a SUBSIDIZED price, whereas the regular iPhone didn't. It made sense for ATT to give you a break on the 3G if you were upgrading from the iPhone. In fact, they should have given a FULL new service pricing on the units seeing as how they lost nothing on the retail price of the iPhone unit. That and you almost had to be INSANE to have purchased an iPhone at 500 bucks and then signed a 2 year ATT contract when for a quarter of your ATT service charges you could get the same services (minus visual voicemail, but who cares) from TMO.
    1. acaijr73's Avatar
      acaijr73 -
      This upgrade probably isnt targeted at 3g owners its for new customers n 1st generation owners whos contracts are about to expire...... Theyll be getting a good upgrade while now being basically on par with current 3g owners... Next year 3g owners contracts will be expiring and dont be surprised if apple makes a drastic improvement on the phone....... Its all about the dollar in the end
    1. Late421's Avatar
      Late421 -
      very glad I waited and never upgraded/purchased a 3g, partly because at the time I had no 3g coverage where I live...now there is 3g coverage here and I'll be happily upgrading to a 3GS at the discounted price..very pleased although I was expecting a bit more then what was presented today....anyone know where I can view the video of Apple's WWDC keynote??
    1. mikeydooodie's Avatar
      mikeydooodie -
      as long as they can crack cycorder so you can get videos onto the computer and eventually send them using mms .... whenever thats available .. mid summer then ill be fine
    1. j0hnnyw3st's Avatar
      j0hnnyw3st -
      im sick of apple screwing over their most loyal customers. first it was the original iphone in dropping the price the first month, now this. everyone who has an iphone 3g is screwed into paying at least 499? pathetic apple, never again will i purchase i product made by you. hello palm pre
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Late421 View Post
      very glad I waited and never upgraded/purchased a 3g, partly because at the time I had no 3g coverage where I live...now there is 3g coverage here and I'll be happily upgrading to a 3GS at the discounted price..very pleased although I was expecting a bit more then what was presented today....anyone know where I can view the video of Apple's WWDC keynote??

      Apple - QuickTime - Apple WWDC Keynote Address
    1. czarnachmura28's Avatar
      czarnachmura28 -
      its not true , i called AT&t today if You a costumer for more then 2 years and You have iphone for more then 18 months , You can upgrade for 200$ less .
    1. yoshi9769's Avatar
      yoshi9769 -
      All i have to say is for those of you who want to give the middle finger to apple/att then download a little program called **********!

      ^
      LOL NM!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Reading on MacRumors and people are doing the same thing as in this thread..... I am going to watch Apples stocks and see what happens.....

      What a crazy day! Everyones hopes were crushed, and all of the excitement was not so good for many.... today let many people down....
    1. Caleb_Soccer_Star's Avatar
      Caleb_Soccer_Star -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      Reading on MacRumors and people are doing the same thing as in this thread..... I am going to watch Apples stocks and see what happens.....

      What a crazy day! Everyones hopes were crushed, and all of the excitement was not so good for many.... today let many people down....

      Yeah, your deffinatley right everyones hopes were crushed.
      Alot of people are very upset or disappointed.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by elsgk2 View Post
      I bet now all those jailbroken 3G's are gonna be hot items on ebay. I'd keep that 3G if you were thinking of selling it
      Anyone on the planet can jailbreak a 3G, it's the unlocked ones that are worth the money.
    1. Je5's Avatar
      Je5 -
      Wow everyone has issues with the new iPhone but who cares you dont have to buy it people...let other people buy it who have never had one...Also with the rumors...that is what they are until Apple says its true why do people believe all of those dumb rumors...come on....that is how you dont get let down...
    1. czarnachmura28's Avatar
      czarnachmura28 -
      i just do get it , what is the problem ?, the iphone have so many new stuff , good ones : 3mp camera video editing , its faster and bigger , what the hell more do You need ?? :P:P:P , GOLD IPHONE ??

      try nokia N-series or Motorola , see ow bad the doing
    1. denimdragon's Avatar
      denimdragon -
      Well their goes my hopes. I figured they would keep the phone the same so they don't have to change their manufacturing setup which would have cost them more money. "slap a bigger hard drive in that thing and roll 'em out!"...
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      Wow, all these angry posts!

      I guess if I had to pay $499 for an upgrade I would be pissed to....that is why I always have 2 phones from AT&T, and I rotate them every two years so I always have one that is ready for a cheap upgrade. I keep the one I am not using on the cheapest plan and no data or text....works for me.

      I for one am excited to get the 32GB 3Gs. I like the look of the 3G today, so am not disappointed that the new one looks the same. I wonder if my case will still fit????

      I am also looking forward to the new features...even though it does not have as many as we would like.

      Bring it on 3Gs!