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Apple: iPhone 3GS on June 19, 16GB $199, 32GB $299


Apple today officially announced the iPhone 3GS, the sequel to the iPhone 3G, with a June 19 initial release date. The added “S” stands for “speed,” a reference to the device’s faster processing and potential data transfer speeds. Available in four models—16GB white or black ($199 each), and 32GB white or black ($299 each)—the iPhone 3GS preserves much of the look and feel of the iPhone 3G, adding the following new features.

* A 3.0 Megapixel still camera with VGA video recording capabilities, autofocus, 10cm macro distance mode, auto white-balance, and tap-to-focus features. This camera promises to take more detailed, sharper still pictures than before, with improved low-light performance, as well as enabling users to create and edit videos directly from their iPhones for instant sharing over email, MobileMe, YouTube, or MMS.

* HSDPA 7.2Mb/s transfer speeds. Apple notes that this feature will only be “where available from AT&T later this year,” which is to say not everywhere in the United States, and questionable elsewhere outside the United States.

* OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration.

* Voice control, allowing users to dial out by saying the person’s name or speaking the numbers. The feature also works for audio playback, letting users play music by artist, album or playlist, activate the Genius feature by saying “play more songs like this,” play, pause, activate shuffle, skip tracks, and ask “What’s playing right now?”

* Digital compass with an accompanying Compass application and Maps integration, so it automatically orients any map to the direction you are facing.

* VoiceOver voice prompting and accessibility features, including Universal Zoom, and Mono Audio so that left and right channel audio can be blended into both earphones.

* Improved battery life, with 9 hours of Wi-Fi internet browsing, 10 hours of video, 30 hours of audio playback, and 12 hours of 2G talk time, compared to 6, 7, 24, 10, and 5 hours, respectively, on the iPhone 3G. 3G talk time remains 5 hours.

* Nike+ support, following the same included app and $19 Sensor accessory model as the iPod touch 2G.

The iPhone 3GS will roll out in the US/Canada/France/Germany/Italy/Spain/Switzerland/UK on June 19, then a week later with six more countries. Rollouts will continue thereafter into a number of other countries over the Summer. Prices listed above are based upon qualified new customers and upgrades, and will be higher in the case for users who aren’t qualified—for instance, AT&T will offer users who aren’t eligible for the cheaper pricing the iPhone 3GS for $399 for 16GB models and $499 for 32GB units.

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Does anyone know if AT&T;will offer a trade in program for current iPhone 3G users to upgrade to to the new 3Gs Model?

Posted by Scott S. on June 8, 2009 at 3:15 PM (CDT)


I just shot off an email to our AT&T;rep asking that very question.

Posted by Hosetlh on June 8, 2009 at 3:19 PM (CDT)


will wait for the next one AGAIN.

Posted by iJay on June 8, 2009 at 3:22 PM (CDT)


And he replied that the have not yet been provided any specifics as of yet.

Posted by Hosetlh on June 8, 2009 at 3:22 PM (CDT)


They didnt say which six countries?

Posted by Roar on June 8, 2009 at 3:25 PM (CDT)


This is the iphone i have been waiting for. off to go sell my nokia e70 and ipod touch 32gb.

Posted by mikelarry85 on June 8, 2009 at 3:31 PM (CDT)


Oh if only they would increase the capacity of the iPod Touch <sigh>

Posted by DougFNJ on June 8, 2009 at 3:32 PM (CDT)


When will 3.0 be available

Posted by phisheye on June 8, 2009 at 3:34 PM (CDT)


I would like to know if there is going to be any offers for people who still have the first generation iPhone…...  Still a little bummed we will not be getting MMS in the 3.0 update…...  It would be ideal if they offered the 3GS for $99 to us…....

Posted by jcfromoh on June 8, 2009 at 3:34 PM (CDT)


DougFNJ, totally agree, 32GB is no where near enough for me. I take it that the iPhone is still tied into one service provider?

If so, will be sticking with my Nokia and iPod Touch (for now).

Posted by Mime is Crime on June 8, 2009 at 3:36 PM (CDT)


is it me or are alot of these upgrades going to be in the new 3.0 software?

Posted by Mustang11 on June 8, 2009 at 3:38 PM (CDT)


Color me confused rather than enthused.

First of all, why is the video capture feature limited to the 3GS? I was always under the impression that the lack of this feature on prior iterations of the iPhone was due to software limitations, not a function of the existing hardware. While I understand that the new camera boasts a higher resolution and autofocus/white balance/low light attributes, I still don’t comprehend why the original iPhone or the 3G cannot be made to capture video.

Why do we still not have a front-facing camera? This seems to be a highly coveted hardware inclusion, and it’s been that way from the iPhone’s genesis.

What is the explanation for the decision to keep the cosmetic design of the 3G in place? I’m disappointed in how scratch-prone the 3G’s plastic backing has been, and I really thought ditching the chrome bezel would’ve been a good idea. I suppose it’s good that 3G cases will continue to fit the 3GS, but the rumors of a matte finish were enticing to me, so I’m a little disappointed in the outcome today as far as the aesthetics are concerned.

Why on earth are they touting an on-board compass as some kind of world-beating virtue? Nobody clamored for this. It seems akin to buying a vehicle with a shoeshine kit option—just plain nonsensical.

Posted by Beau Wilcox on June 8, 2009 at 3:39 PM (CDT)


Is the wifi ‘n’ or is it still ‘b/g’.

Posted by luhem on June 8, 2009 at 3:40 PM (CDT)


The phones themselves were about as predictable as possible, and pretty much fell right in line with all of the rumors… but the really important info… the info about the data plans… was NOWHERe to be found. Ugh.

I’m sure it will be just like the last two iPhone releases in that AT&T;won’t have all of the important details about the plans and rates available until a day or two before the product launches.

It’s so annoying.

Posted by ort on June 8, 2009 at 3:49 PM (CDT)


Just did the buy online page at Apple and apparently I’m not eligible to upgrade until 7/30 (which is when I got my 3G last year) so I’d have to pay the unsubsidized pricing.. No thanks.

Posted by Uriel on June 8, 2009 at 3:50 PM (CDT)


still waiting for Verizon…..

Posted by RJB on June 8, 2009 at 3:51 PM (CDT)


Does anyone know if AT&T;will offer a trade in program for current iPhone 3G users to upgrade to to the new 3Gs Model?

Posted by Scott S. on June 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM (PDT)
It says qualified new customers and upgrades.

“Prices listed above are based upon qualified new customers and upgrades, and will be higher in the case for users who aren’t qualified.”

The article may be wrong but most AT&T;people are not that bright.  I say this from experience and the last release of the iPhone 3g.

Posted by conrruption on June 8, 2009 at 3:52 PM (CDT)


If you bought an iPhone 3G from AT&T;(like me) you are out of luck or out of many $$$. There is no upgrade offer from AT&T;, but we can purchase the iPhone 3GS at full retail price, ie. $599 for the 16GB or $699 for the 32GB model.

The announced price is only with a new 2 year contract, and iPhone 3G users are clearly identified as “not eligible” by the AT&T;offers.

In my case (I bought my 3G in July08) I have to wait till Dec 09 to upgrade at the announced prices.

This does NOT sit well with me… :-(

Posted by Fabrice on June 8, 2009 at 5:20 PM (CDT)


Please keep in mind that you can get on this message board and others so you can complain and whine about lack of features, lack of information, etc.

However, in doing so you are generating Internet chatter and hype, which is just terrific for Apple.  The more you complain the more the device is shrouded in anticipation and desired.

The only way to stop receiving mere unilateral communication and mysterious marketing from Apple is to simply let the Internet chatter die.

Simply don’t stand for it. Don’t post anything.

Until the day when people simply don’t care enough to complain and whine… Apple will continue to play this game… the Internet complainers will garnish the latest iPhone in mysticism, rumoring untold features, and every last one of you will crawl to the Apple Store and beg pitifully for a simple glimpse.

So… keep talking.  In fact, address Steve Jobs personally!  Tell him what you think… that’ll show’em.

Posted by Tipster on June 8, 2009 at 6:41 PM (CDT)


no design change? lame…ive held onto my first generation since day 1 because i think the metal looks so much better than the plastic 3G models. nothing outside the new 3.0 software that i see too

Posted by napoleon on June 8, 2009 at 6:41 PM (CDT)

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