Monday, June 08, 2009

Apple Introduces The New Iphone 3GS

Today at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Apple introduced the company's third generation iPhone: the new iPhone 3GS (the “S” stands for Speed).

The latest addition to the iPhone family comes packed with many of the features that had been swirling around the web over the last few months including a larger capacity, better camera, extended battery life and lots more goodies for you iPhone lovers to drool over.

Not everything new to the 3GS is hardware based the new phone will come packed with Apple's new OS 3.0 which was announced back in March. IPhone OS 3.0 packs tons of new features including long-requested support for copy and paste, MMS, turn-by-turn directions, voice memo recording, Spotlight search, landscape email/notes/messaging, 3G tethering (via Bluetooth or USB), stereo Bluetooth (A2DP), peer-to-peer Bluetooth connectivity, and more. IPhone OS 3.0 will be available to download on June 17 (free for iPhone users, $9.95 for iPod touch users).

Another new addition to the iPhone 3GS is the increase in data transfer speeds from 3.6Mbps to 7.2Mbps HSDPA. AT&T already announced plans to beef up its data networks to handle the faster transfer speeds so iPhone 3GS owners will be ready to take advantage of the new faster download speeds once the company completes the role out.

As for pricing there was nothing that wasn't already expected. In order to keep up with the competition Apple priced the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3GS at the same level of the current 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3Gs: $199 and $299 respectively. And just to add a little more fuel to the iPhone 3G fire they dropped the price of the 8GB model to $99 to further expand its user base -- the new price will reportedly be effective today however they hadn't been changed on the AT&T site as of 1pm PST.

The iPhone 3GS will be available June 17.


AT&T has confirmed they will be offering the iPhone 3GS on June 19 with preorders being taken both online and at AT&T stores today. The company also confirmed price drops on both the 8 and 16 GB models now at $99 and $149 respectively.

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