Apple Likely to Drop iPhone 3GS, Offer 8GB iPhone 4S After iPhone 5 is Launched
When Apple launched the iPhone 4S last year, they made the iPhone 3GS free with a contract and offered the iPhone 4 in 8GB for $99 across cellular providers. For the release of the iPhone 5, which is expected to be unveiled next Wednesday, September 12
, Apple is expected to drop the iPhone 3GS as the free iPhone with a contract and replace it with the iPhone 4, while the iPhone 4S is expected to be downgraded to a minimal 8GB of storage, replacing the iPhone 4 across cellular providers. This makes room for the iPhone 5 to take the throne as the newest and greatest iPhone to date.
If Apple does release an 8GB iPhone 4S, it will be $99 with a contract. The iPhone 5, as the current generation iPhone would be traditionally $199 with a contract for the bare minimum storage option and the price will only increase as you choose between 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of storage.
Before Apple announced the September 12 iPhone 5 event, there was a shortage of iPhone 3GS units in Apple Stores, which was a major indicator that the iPhone 3GS will no longer be in production. Oddly enough, the iPhone 3GS will still support iOS 6, however it's not known how much longer the iPhone 3GS is expected to remain up-to-date on software updates.
With Apple's heavy push on development for the retina display and ending the use of non-retina display images in developers' apps, it makes perfect sense to say goodbye to the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 4 was the first of Apple’s products to launch with the retina display and the App Store has almost completely converted to retina display support. Apple appears to be standardizing the retina display in their products as they release new devices – it is now present in not only the iPhone, but also the iPod touch, iPad, and now even the MacBook Pro.
If this rumor turns out to be true, anyone looking to save money on an iPhone upgrade can choose the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S and still be able to enjoy iOS 6 – the iPhone 4 will have less of iOS 6’s features than the iPhone 4S has. It's a decent option for anyone that the new features of the iPhone 5 don't appeal to.
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