Apple introduces the iPhone 3GS, drops price on 3G to $99

Apple introduces the iPhone 3GS, drops price on 3G to $99

Summary: At today's World Wide Developer's Conference keynote, Apple announce a new, faster version of the iPhone: the iPhone 3GS. The S stands for Speed.

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At today's World Wide Developer's Conference keynote, Apple announce a new, faster version of the iPhone: the iPhone 3GS. The S stands for Speed.

The new device is 2.1x faster to launch Messages, 2.9x faster to launch a big web page. It includes OpenGL|ES 2.0, and has 7.2MBps HSDPA built-in.

Besides the faster processor, the big draw for the 3GS is its new 3.0 megapixel camera. It features:

  • Tap-to-focus - tap an item in the photo to focus on it. Resets the light balance too.
  • Improved low-light sensitivity.
  • Automatic macro photographs (10cm).
  • Video capture, 30fps VGA.
  • Videos show up in photo library. You can trim them, share via emal, MMS, YouTube, MobileMe.

The new 3GS also features voice control. You hold down the home button for a few seconds in any application. Commands that you can say start floating around on the screen. Say one of them and it happens. Examples: "Dial scott forestall", "play the killers", "play more songs like this", "what's playing now".

Other features:

  • Built-in digital compass.
  • New accessibility settings.
  • Nike+ support.
  • Hardware data encryption.
  • Improved battery life. 9 hours on WiFi, 10 hours watching video, 30 hours audio, 12 hours 2G talk, 5 hours 3G talk.
  • Greener materials, packaging.

Price and availability:

The iPhone 3GS will be available in 7 countries on June 19th for $199 (16GB) and $299 (32GB). Both come in black and white. The old 3G will continue to be available, but at a lower price-point: $99. All prices are for AT&T new and qualifying customers and may vary on other carriers.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, iPhone, Mobility, Wi-Fi

Ed Burnette

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Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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  • No new iPod Touch? [n/t]

    I said NO TEXT!
    Theli
  • RE: Apple introduces the iPhone 3GS, drops price on 3G to $99

    There was no mention of a new iPod touch.
    Ed Burnette
    • Yes there was

      You just have to pay for the upgrade..
      minardi
  • Time to upgrade...

    Well, I have an original iPhone and the battery still works all
    day/night (despite what the naysayers proclaimed).
    I bought it when they dropped the price, so now I'm going to
    sell that and get a new one. I've used it for over a year and
    will still get decent amount of money for it.

    GSavage777
    • Selling Original iPhone

      Where will you sell your original and get a decent amount of $$$? I have one also....
      bill@...
  • RE: Apple introduces the iPhone 3GS, drops price on 3G to $99

    So I am ready to purchase a new phone after 3 years of using an old one. Should I really jump to the new IPHONE?
    im_chaz@...
  • RE: Apple introduces the iPhone 3GS, drops price on 3G to $99

    O2 does NOT support an upgrade to the 3GS until our current contracts expire. Very bad show.
    bmorgen@...
  • Got the 3G 2 months ago...

    But I want to update badly. Man, if only video
    recording were to be enabled. They just want us
    to buy the 3Gs. If you can do it with a
    jailbroken iPhone, Apple can bring out a native
    app.

    What does "new and qualifying" customers mean,
    anyways.

    Seriously, mixed feeling about new hardware so
    soon after my purchase. AHHHHHHH!!!! Mst have
    new TECH!!!!
    qcesarjr@...
  • RE: Apple introduces the iPhone 3GS, drops price on 3G to $99

    Ain't it wonderful? I just bought TWO iPhones in the last 6 weeks, one 8 and one 16gig. Apple does again to it's buyers. Reminds me of how bad it was back in the iiGs days.
    skidale1@...
    • Ya well the upgrade and new iPhone etc ...

      were in the news for the past 2 months. Read the news.. Maybe was that
      bad with the iiGs (quote) because you still didn't keep up with online or
      print info. Stop whining and blame yourself..
      minardi
      • Heh, yeah...shame on you!

        Not checking the info online back in 1986 about the Apple IIGS! You should have been dialing into every BBS that you could find and sparking up your VT100 terminal emulator in 640x200 mode and reading all the stunning 16 color text available on what Apple was doing with the IIgs and the Lisa! *Snicker*
        ReadWryt (error)
  • RE: Apple introduces the iPhone 3GS, drops price on 3G to $99

    Ahem. I have an iPhone 3G (which I love), and would love the upgrade to a 3GS but as I understand it, iPhone 3G AT&T customers are not authorized to upgrade until *next* year. If you want it now it's $599/$699.

    Don't think I could sell the 3G for that much, so unfortunately I think most of us will have to wait until next year.

    If I'm reading this wrong please let me know!
    JustGitRDone
    • i just checked

      I have a win/mo smartphone, and checked on my upgrade eligibility, and it would cost me $400 to upgrade to the iphone 3GS. The cheap price is only for new contracts or people who have fulfilled the 18 month term before becoming eligible for upgrade. what a bummer.
      juicyfruit531
      • carrier subsidy

        ATT chose to subsidies the phones and not charge full price for them, hence the 18 months of commitment. Other carriers also have different prices base on committment. Apple is the one that makes full price every time.
        sotxbill
    • its cheaper to cancel your current....

      its cheaper to cancel your current plan, pay the penalty, and buy a new
      plan for the new phone..... that is really stupid... they should never make
      an upgrade charge be more expensive than canceling service period and
      starting new service...
      doh123
      • Re: its cheaper to cancel your current....

        Haha, that's actually a really good idea - with the 5$/mo reduction in
        ETF, someone that bought a 3G 12 months ago would pay 175-60 =
        115$ ETF + 199$ or 299$ for a total of 314$ (16GB) or 414$ (32GB) for a
        3Gs. Unlock and Jailbreak your 3G and flip it on eBay, and you might even
        end up with a free 3Gs (just did a spot check on iPhone 3G on ebay, they
        are going for 250$-600$ as of 6/9/09).
        Gritztastic
  • May vary on other Carriers?

    Is there a commitment from Apple to support other Carriers than ATT?
    ashbyjm
    • Other Carriers!?

      Sure hope so. Specially T-Mobile. T-Mo just needs to get better phones. But I just checked Apple's website, still only mention of ATT.
      Ranger666
    • there exists....

      there exists this place other than the United States... called the rest of planet Earth. iPhones are on MANY carriers depending what country you
      are using it in... AT&T is just a US contract.
      doh123
      • Please. . .

        The rest of the "so called" world is nothing more than mythology that
        fanatic zealots use to perpetuate their own warped version of creation.
        clarnT