iPhone 3G Gets a Reboot, Price Drop

By  |  Monday, June 8, 2009 at 12:02 pm

As expected, Apple introduced a new 3G iPhone, called the iPhone 3GS. “The S stands for speed,” says Phil Schiller. Most of us have experienced the iPhone slowness — this new phone aims to try to solve that. Overall, the device will load applications about twice as fast as the previous 3G model.

7.2MBps HSDPA is built into the device, also speeding up the data side of things as Apple’s carriers build out their 3.5G networks. A new camera as expected will grace the 3GS, providing 3-megapixel resolution and autofocusing capabilities.

It also captures video, which was also highly rumored of the new device, along with rudimentary editing features: think an iMovie of sorts for the iPhone. Also added is voice control, allowing the device to do what many others have done for awhile.

It will also allow apps to respond to you with informtion, such as the iPod app speaking the song playing when you ask what it is, and the like.

The rumored compass feature is a reality, and integrates with maps. Thus you can follow a map easier without having to reorientate the phone.

Improved battery life is another plus, with 12 hours of 2G talk time, and 5 hours at 3G. Users would also be able to surf the internet for up to 9 hours, listen to music for 30, and watch videos for 10.

Pricing will not change, and would stay at $199 — that is for the 16GB. A 32GB model would also be made available for $299. But the 8GB is going nowhere: yep, it’s now $99. Existing standard 3G iPhones will now drop to $99.

The iPhone 3GS is set to debut June 19.

 
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  1. Shawn Roberts Says:

    Any idea if the 199/299 pricing applies to current iPhone owners who are not eligible to upgrade? They did last year.

    Thanks
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  2. Ed Oswald Says:

    I have a call out to AT&T on the MMS/tethering situation, so I will also ask that and report back from the source.

  3. Mark Says:

    Any news on updated iPod Touches, or price changes on them?

  4. JULIEE Says:

    i just bought three 3G iphones 2 weeks ago at $199 -does anyone know if they will give any kind of credit or let me upgrade to the new ones?

  5. NanoGeek Says:

    @Mark

    The iPod Touch updates will almost defiantly occur in September along with all the other iPod updates. It’s the same every year.

  6. Paul Says:

    If u just bought the new iPhone return it and wait till the new one comes out…trust me I use to work at AT&T

  7. Rafael E. Belliard Says:

    I bet there’s an Steve Jobs voodoo doll down at Motorola Inc.

  8. Frances Says:

    If you bought your iphone 3g before May 25th 2009 then you will get your 100 dollar + tax credit back as long as you bring your reciept. I just went and i got my money back from the apple store after waiting on the phone with the apple support for over an hour.

  9. Frances Says:

    # Frances Says:
    June 8th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    If you bought your iphone 3g after May 25th 2009 then you will get your 100 dollar + tax credit back as long as you bring your reciept. I just went and i got my money back from the apple store after waiting on the phone with the apple support for over an hour.

  10. JUSz Says:

    Does the new 3GS cost $99 @ regular price or do you have 2 sign a contract to qualify for that easily affordable $99?? Answer back @ my mailing address asap plz

    JUSz

  11. john Says:

    I’m sure that you have to sign a contract to take advantage of those low prices. Great deal though for new customers!

  12. Todd Says:

    If I bought my iPhone April 30th 2009 what can I do to get some money back or get a deal on the iPhone 3g S? I called AT&T and they basically told me I am SOL. Would Apple help me at all?? Please respond.

  13. interested Says:

    so is the 3gs 99$?

  14. idaho beef Says:

    i have a source at apple who tells me that there will be even a better model released in about 7 months. but it’s like a windows xp vs. vista kind of thing. this phone is definitely an improvement over the original, and it’s going to be very hard for apple to improve on this one…why not just sell it for less if it’s great? sell more = more profit.

  15. David Says:

    I bought two phones 40 days before the new iPhone 3gs appeared and before the reduction in price. The Apple folks have hired a few talkers on the customer help side and they will spin it till you go crazy. So I will attempt to go back to the store. Any other suggestions?

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